How our family relaxes, with board game fun! + #Giveaway #PlayTestShare

Za Za Zoom PlayTestShare Board Game

Phew, do you hear that parents? It’s the sound of the first week of school behind us. For many, it means we’re finally into some sort of a semblance of a groove, the rest of us are still floundering pathetically through gradual entry kindergarten and are longing for a routine! Either way, we have really been enjoying the structure school has set out for our family.

We have noticed with A that when school is out, she’s ready to watch TV or play on her iPad and we’re trying to curb screen time majorly at home, because of this we’ve adopted much more family game and play time. Thanks to Raincoast Books, we got to #PlayTestShare a couple of fun activities and this fun new game – Za Za Zoom couldn’t have arrived at a better time in our home.

Za Za Zoom PlayTestShare Board Game

Za Za Zoom is a game of serious imagination, created by one of our favourite authors Herve Tullet – the mastermind behind the ‘Press Here” book it encourages not only imaginative fun, but creative thinking that stems far past a “win” at the end. This open ended game is unique in the sense that it is one part matching game, one part dominoes, plus fun additional games that you can create as a family! Our personal favourite was the road building adaption, A loves flipping over the cards and trying to build the biggest road she can.

This uniquely clever game works to hone memory skills as you make your own fun adventures – the fun pattered cards are very Herve Tullet-esque, fun, scribbly and silly and very much so remind me of Press Here! The cards can be used to play a flip over memory game, colour recognition, shape recognition and so much more – the different games you can play are really only limited by your imagination with this game.

Za Za Zoom PlayTestShare Board Game

We have been playing this game nightly since school started, and it quickly became a family favourite. After bath time we all end up on the floor battling it out with the cards to see who can build the longest road, who can find the most matches, and who can make the silliest design. Za Za Zoom is recommended for children 3 and up, and works well with 2-4 players. Though littles could certainly play the memory game easily on their own. Za Za Zoom also includes some game ideas on the underside of the box  (hello not losing the rules paper…..) so get you started.

Za Za Zoom PlayTestShare Board Game

With school in session and getting into a routine of my own I have been on the hunt for ways to relax once little one is in bed, while I love a good bubble bath and a good story sometimes I just seriously want to melt into an activity that requires no thinking, no questions, no tablets or phones, no nada. And lucky for me, adult colouring just happens to be all the rage right now!

Fantastic Collections PlayTestShare

I had the immense pleasure of being able to choose this bad boy as my special #PlayTestShare activity and let me tell you, I have it squirreled away far from little kinder eyes. I have had a few adult colouring books in the past but haven’t fallen in love with any of them. The Fantastic Collections has entirely won me over with Steve McDonald’s unique use of photo-based pages that tug at your nostalgic heartstrings. Creating a beautiful and intimately detailed line of drawings of amazing collections of objects that you’ll surely fall in love with too!

In this newest coloring book by the author of the internationally bestselling Fantastic Cities,  you’ll love the retro feel, museum collections, antiques or quirky toys or maybe you just prefer the everyday beauty in leaves, butterflies and outdoor fun, McDonald created a playful and immersive book that is as lovely to look at as it is to colour! And dinosaurs…. how awesome are the dinosaurs?

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Adult colouring isn’t just great for relaxing, with so many of us depending on computers, tablets and smart-phones for work we are hardly exercises our fine motor skills any longer. Trust me, colour for a couple of hours and see how your hand feels in the morning! I personally love curling up on the sofa once everyone has gone to bed with my freshly sharpened pencils and melting in to a new page.

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There are some seriously fun new games and activities over at Raincoast Books #PlayTestShare headquarters, including our faves here! We’ve partnered with some fabulous bloggers to share our favourites and even give some of them away. One lucky British Columbia Mom fan is going to win two of the nine games/activities we have shared on our blogs! Make sure to head over to check out the entire #PlayTestShare list to choose your favourites, then come back here to enter. Good luck! Contest runs September 12-20, 2016, winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize. Open to residents of Canada only.





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47 Comments


  1. definitely Cat Bingo and To the Ocean Deep!

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  2. Cat Bingo and Punch out and Play. Great items. Thanks

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  3. I would choose Listography: The Game and 642 Big Things to Write About: Young Writer’s Edition.

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  4. Punch Out & Play Game Book and Alain Grée Animals Matching Game

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  5. Not sure about the second one but my son would get a kick out of Cat Bingo.

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  6. i like the Punch Out & Play Game Book and Herve Tullet’s Za Za Zoom!: A Game of Imagination

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  7. Tough! They all seem great. Probably the To the Ocean Deep and Cat Bingo 🙂

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  8. Love them all but Out and Play ganebook and Cat bingo!

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  9. So many great choices! I would pick Punch Out & Play Game Book and Herve Tullet’s Za Za Zoom!: A Game of Imagination

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  10. Missing Socks Go Fish Card Game and Cat Bingo sound like awesome games for my son.

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  11. So many great games here! Would love to play Listography and the Animal Memory Game 🙂

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  12. Hard to choose, but I am thinking the Cat Bingo and Animal Match Game.

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  13. I would choose Za Za Zoom and Listography.

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  14. I would choose the Alain Grée Animals Matching Game and Punch Out & Play Game Book

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  15. I would choose To the Ocean Deep and Fantastic Collections. SO many amazing choices though .

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  16. Punch out and Play & Cat Bingo for my kids!

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  17. Cat Bingo would go over well, and a second choice would be Listography.

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  18. I would choose Herve Tullet’s Za Za Zoom!: A Game of Imagination & Listography: The Game if I won. Thanks for the chance!

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  19. I would choose the Listography game and Fantastic Collections

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  20. We would like cat bingo and Alain Grée Animals Matching Game

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  21. cat bingo and punch out and play

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  22. I would choose Herve Tullet’s Za Za Zoom!: A Game of Imagination and Punch Out & Play Game Book

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  23. I like the Za Za Zoom and the Animal Matching Games.

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  24. Cat Bingo and To the Ocean Deep would likely appeal to my kids.

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  25. These all look like so much fun! I’d choose Missing Socks Go Fish Card Game and Cat Bingo!

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  26. I like the Fantastic Collections and the Listography: The Game

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  27. Cat bingo and Punch out and plsy game book.

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  28. Would like to get the cat bingo and the punch out and play game book.

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  29. I would choose To the Ocean Deep and Punch Out & Play Game Book

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  30. I would choose the Punch Out & Play Game Book as well as the To the Ocean Deep!

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  31. I would choose the Punch Out & Play Game Book and Listography: The Game.

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  32. I would choose the Listography and the Punchout&Playout game.

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  33. I would choose Herve Tullet’s Za Za Zoom!: A Game of Imagination and Alain Grée Animals Matching Game

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  34. I would love Herve Tullet’s Za Za Zoom!: A Game of Imagination and Listography: The Game.

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  35. I would love to have the ZaZaZoom game and also the Animal match game

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  36. I would choose the Fantastic Collections and Listography: The Game

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  37. I would probably choose 642 Big Things to Write About: Young Writer’s Edition and Cat Bingo.

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  38. Listography cuz it’s cool…
    And most definitely Za-za-zoom! We have Tulle’s other game and it was SO awesome to have our then 3 year old play his first game with us. The concept was simple, yet we could make it complex for adults if we were to play without him…

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  39. Alain Grée Animals matching game and cat bingo

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  40. I would choose the Punch Out & Play Game Book and Herve Tullet’s Za Za Zoom!: A Game of Imagination

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