Is the ‘new’ Family Day holiday sneaking up on you? It kind of is here, to be honest. I understand the principle behind the thing – spending time together with your loved ones, without the pressure that often comes with bigger holidays like Christmas. And besides, everybody needs cheering up this time of year. It is February after all.
Given that a lot of shopping outlets will be largely closed, it might be a good idea to stock up on some in-house activities. The fine folks over at Raincoast Books have sent me a few ideas to keep the littlest members of your household occupied this Family Day. Better yet, you could win one of them – keep reading!
First up – the Towering Tree Puzzle, illustrated by Teagan White. This double sided puzzleWhy is it great? For starters – HUGE pieces – each one about 5 x8”. This makes them super easy for little fingers to manipulate. Next bonus? There are only 17 pieces. If you have ever known the pain of missing the last piece of a giant puzzle, you will appreciate this. It’s a double sided puzzle that lets kids build a giant tree that illustrates different seasons and a multitude of forest animals living and playing together. Every branch of the tree is a different adventure. Fair warning- build this on the floor, where there’s lots of room. The completed project is close to 5 feet long.
Herve Tullet’s ZaZaZoom!: A Game of Imagionationtook a bit of working for our kids. Once they got the hang of it, however, they loved it. The game has even made a trip to Gram and Papa’s. The game comes with instructions for three different versions of play. By far, the favourite here is the matching game. More advanced than the simple picture version we are all familiar with, the designs on these large cards require the kids to decipher the different abstract images to find the identical ones. When one of them would rather play alone, the cards can create endless trails and paths, depending on how they are laid out.
And last but not least, The Best Things In Life Are Free, a Lonely Planet publication. So, maybe you’re not going to take a year long sabbatical and travel the world with your kids. You can dream right? Or, you could just find plenty of off the beaten path activities that won’t break the bank for your next family vacation. If you’re not actually doing either of those things on Family Day, you could always dream and scheme and Google all of those far away places.
Family Day Giveaway Time!
One of my incredibly lucky Canadian readers has the opportunity to win one of the fun Family Day items I have reviewed here. Use the Rafflecopter form here below to enter. Contest closes February 24, 2017, 11:59 pm ET. Odds of winning will depend on the number of eligible entries received. Not responsible for lost or misdirected entries. No cash value. Good luck everybody!
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