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I have two FASCINATING items for you today. Raincoast Books is doing their annual PlayTestShare contest and I get to take part again. Pretty cool eh? This year I have two fantastic items to share with you: Alpha Shapes and Which Would You Choose? Stay tuned because the contest details are coming later on.
Alpha Shapes is a really neat set of blocks that you can use to make words or letters. They come in a variety of colours and various geometric shapes. They are fun to play with, just to let your children explore and then gradually as they explore show them (or let them discover on their own) how you can use them to make words and letters.
This modern twist on alphabet blocks offers a new way to see the beauty of letterforms. Adults and children alike can build letters and words out of the 39 colorful wooden pieces, spelling out names or creating personalized messages for display. Its fun sometimes just to play with blocks isn’t it? The letters and words you can create, or the different shapes…
My son and I had fun playing with these blocks. Making different shapes and then trying to get them back into the box. It’s a good thing they have a handy guide because when I tried to wing it well… let’s just say the lad shook his head at me and redid my efforts. 🙂
After Dinner Amusements: Which Would You Choose?
Oh my…you want a conversation starter? Start going through these 50 cards! You either get two equally intriguing options or two equally unappealing options. Then you get the fun of discussing why you made the choice. My lad and I had such good conversations, we generally disagreed but we did agreed on this one.
You are granted the power of flight, but you can only fly to work. OR you are granted the power of invisibility, but you can only use it once a month. Both of our eyes lit up with glee.. INVISIBILITY!!!!! Oh the fun we would have! The jokes we could play, the sneaking around we could do finding ways to be kind right under the nose of someone, the conversations we could overhear…and the cats…what would they think? Could we fool them or would they always be able to sense us.. cause cats seem to always know things…..
With 50 hilarious and thought-provoking questions asking players to choose between two equally good, unpleasant, or absurd scenarios, this revealing party game leads to interesting conversations and good fun for all ages! I went through each of the cards and found all to be very family friendly. Just imagine the conversations and fun you could have around your table?
So Raincoast is doing a giveaway for CANADIAN residents 18+ years of age only. You get to choose from the two I chose OR one of the following.. IF you are the winner!
A hilarious herd of llamas star in this laugh-out-loud twist on the game of dominoes. From Llama-nardo da Vinci to Super Llama (it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s . . . a llama?), kids, families, and llama enthusiasts will have a blast matching heads to tails to complete the chain and win! It’s a goofy gift, a boredom-busting game, and a great way to develop matching and fine motor skills, all in one appealing and colorful package.
Pass the Parcel: A Party Game
Everyone wins in this modern take on a classic British party game! Players take turns unwrapping the parcel to uncover cheeky dares that will soon have the whole group beaming. Under the last layer, there’s an envelope containing a special surprise!
Draw Like An Artist: Pop Art
A collection of eighteen fun and colorful activities for aspiring Warhols, Hockneys, and Lichtensteins ages ten and up, or anyone who enjoys working with color, pattern, and pop-culture imagery, and gaining a better understanding of the 20th century’s most popular art movement. Sixteen perforated pages provide plenty of raw material for collage, drawing backgrounds, and inspiration.
The Mystery Mansion
Reviving the Victorian craze for ‘myrioramas’, the 20 picture cards can be placed in any order to create seamless scenes. Almost infinite combinations of cards provide endless storyscaping possibilities. Find sinister suits of armour and the aftermaths of strange accidents, butlers with a grudge and glamorous couples where revenge is never far from the surface. With many games to play and millions of stories to tell, each turn of the card is a new adventure. Where will the story take you?
Crocodile and Friends Animal Memory Game
Fossil, a good-natured crocodile who just wants some peace and quiet, quickly won the hearts of children everywhere in the delightful picture book The Quiet Crocodile. Now Fossil and his friends are back, ready to play, in this fun memory game. The fifty-two cards feature twenty-six charming illustrations of Fossil and his many friends, nested in a handsome keepsake box. An added bonus is a folded poster showing all of the animal friends together, from Fippo the Hippo and Ryan the Lion to Pat the Cat.
In the Ocean: My Nature Sticker Activity Book
The world’s oceans are home to many different species and plants, from tiny organisms like plankton to the world’s largest animal, the blue whale. Deep down in the seas’ depth, you will even find some monstrous-looking creatures that seem to have come straight out of a fairy tale. Vivid digital illustrations help introduce a variety of aquatic creatures in this addition to the My Nature Sticker Activity Book series.
Bob the Artist: Dominoes
Bob the Artist, first introduced in the quirky Bob the Artist picture book, loves to paint with brightly colored splashes, but he has got into a bit of a mess. Help Bob clear up his paints by matching the colors and numbers in this fun game of dominoes. A wonderful concept game for toddlers!
Giveaway. Remember.. Canadian residents only. 18+ years. Giveaway hosted by Raincoast.