Ghost Story Box & Make and Move Mega: Dinosaurs #PlayTestShare #Giveaway

DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Raincoast Books for providing the two titles mentioned below so we could Play, Test & Share them with our readers.

Learning how to read can be done in so many different ways; using sight words, sounding out the letters you see on the pages and even just looking at the pictures. Stories can be read, written, watched but the most fun stories are the ones that are imagined – thought up in your head or if you’re looking for lots of laughs and totally out of this world stories, ask a child to tell you one.

We recently had the opportunity to #PlayTestShare two titles from the Raincoast Books Fall collection – Ghost Story Box & Make and Move Mega: Dinosaurs.


“Based on a unique and original format, this game contains 20 story-telling puzzle pieces printed on both sides. Each piece can be interchanged or flipped over to allow for all kinds of plot twists and turns, and there are even two alternative endings! When all the puzzle pieces are used, they stretch out to over 8-feet long to tell your own mega ghost story!”

I have to admit when I picked the Ghost Story Box, I’ll be honest, I thought Colton would play with it one time and be done with it (this is usually the norm with puzzles for him) but I knew he liked puzzles so I figured “What harm could it do?” Well, let me tell you, no harm done!

The moment we received the items from Raincoast Books Colton couldn’t wait to tear into them. The first one he wanted to try was Ghost Story Box.

I could tell right from the beginning that he wasn’t really sure what to do with the puzzle pieces as it wasn’t like your ordinary puzzle that you put together to make one image, instead you put together a bunch of images to make one story. After a little explanation, he was ready to create his own. He just kept putting the pieces together and then started to tell me this…

“Once upon a time there was a lonely ghost looking out the window when suddenly he saw a little girl walking by with her dog. After she vanquished all the monsters with her crayons she went inside the house, didn’t see the ghost and sat on him. They coloured, ate dinner and went to the fair where they became friends with another little boy and lived happily ever after. The end!”

And that was just one of the many stories he created with the Ghost Story Box on a daily basis.


“Press out, slot together and play with your very own T-Rex, Triceratops, Apatosaurus, Stegosaurus, and Pteranodon. Created by talented paper artist and engineer Sato Hisao, each of these detailed 3D models comes with easy-to-follow assembly instructions. No scissors or glue required!”

Make & Move Mega: Dinosaurs was a little harder than I thought it would be and I’m thinking I should have checked the recommended ages before ordering this one for Colton.

Granted, I’ve never really been good at 3D puzzles, and had Lucas been home when we received the box he probably would have shown Colton how it was done. But since Colton has NO.PATIENCE.AT.ALL. it was me that was giving it a try.

I used to play with paper dolls when I was little and just assumed that because of the “No scissors or glue required.”, it would be easy peasy…I was wrong. Make & Move Mega: Dinosaurs takes concentration, steady hands and no little ones repeatedly saying “Are you done yet? When are you gonna be done?”, every 2 seconds.

I first, tried my hand at the T-REX, that was clearly not working and I ripped the paper. After having a chat with my little man and how things are easier for mommy when it’s quiet we were able to put the Pteradactyl together (and working) in about 10 minutes. The dinosaurs have a pull mechanism made out of paper and this one, in particular, has wings that move and a mouth opens up.

Well, Colton thought this was just the coolest thing ever and now runs around the living room making those awful screeching noises the pterodactyls did and pretending they’re going to eat his action figures.


Children have such wild imaginations and as you can see from my 5-year-old can change from one thing to another within seconds. I for one, never want his crazy and wacky ways to end and look forward to all the stories he can think up. Raincoast Books offers a great variety of items that can help your child let loose (not that they need to) and let their imagination go wild – check out their #PlayTestShare Fall Collection.


ONE lucky CANADIAN reader will win ONE item of their choice from the #PlayTestShare collection – Giveaway open to CANADIAN RESIDENTS only ends 03/16. Participants must be 18+ to enter.


  1. Reply

    Since my grandkids are nearly all super Star Wars fans I’ll go with that one, mind you they might jolly well prove me wrong. LOL

  2. Reply

    Since our trip to Drumheller, dinosaurs are the hot topic. Make & Move Mega: Dinosaurs would be a book that he would enjoy.

  3. Reply

    My grandson would love Make & Move Mega: Dinosaurs since he loves dinosaurs.

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    It would have to be the Make & Move Mega: Dinosaurs as all of my grandsons adore dinosaurs!

  5. Reply

    I think the Travel Matching game would be a fun one for my nephew.

  6. Reply

    ooo I think my daughters would totally love the Animal Friends On Parade

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    My granddaughter has been fascinated by ghosts for at least a year and a half so she would love the Ghost Story box.

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    My grandson would enjoy the Make and Move Mega Dinosaur book!!

  9. Reply

    OH I think Emily would like to make dinosaurs ..I can hear her roar right now LOL

  10. Reply

    They would enjoy all of them, but are most intrigued by the Royal Bingo since they love queens, kings etc. – would be interesting to learn about some real ones, rather than just Disney ones! 😉

  11. Reply

    I would like the Ghost Story Box for my grandson.

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    Donner Dinner Party looks really … odd.

  13. Reply

    My grandson would enjoy Star Wars Super Graphic, he’s a huge Star Wars fan.

  14. Reply

    I just noticed that it says this contest ends 03/16, has it already ended, or is this an error?

  15. Reply

    Royal Bingo would be great to share with my kiddo, she loves all things royal!

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    Hi,i think my grandson would be super excited for the MAKE & MOVE MEGA: DINOSAURS.

  17. Reply

    The Make and Move would be my first choice too, but I think they’d like the Star Wars one as well.

  18. Reply

    The Star Wars book would be a real hit in our house, seeing that everyone is a Star Wars fan. We would love to flip through this all together to learn some neat stuff!

  19. Reply

    Bo would enjoy Animal Friends on Parade.

  20. Reply

    My niece would love the Dinosaurs book.

  21. Reply

    My kids would love the star wars one

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    My little guys would like the MAKE & MOVE MEGA: DINOSAURS.

  23. Reply

    My daughter would love the Ghost Story Box because she loves scary things!

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    Make and Move Mega Dinosaurs would be the book my son would enjoy the most I think.

  25. Reply

    the star wars graphic looks like a good choice

  26. Reply

    I would definitely say the Donner Dinner Party

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    My daughter would like Royal Bingo

  28. Reply

    I really like the ghost story box from the collection, it’s a great way to practice discourse language skills!

  29. Reply

    I think she would like the Animal Friends on Parade.

  30. Reply

    My daughter and I would enjoy the Travel Matching Game.

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    My nephew would like Make and Move Mega Dinosaurs

  32. Reply

    My kids would enjoy the Travel Matching Game!

  33. Reply

    My nephew would enjoy Make & Move Mega: Dinosaurs because he loves dinosaurs!

  34. Reply

    My son would love Say Zoop!

  35. Reply

    my grandkids would like the gost story box

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    Mr. J would love the MAKE & MOVE MEGA: DINOSAURS.

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    My son would love Make and Move Mega Dinosaurs.

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    My son would enjoy Star Wars Super Graphic.

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    My kids love the Make and Move Mega Dinosaur book

  40. Reply

    My daughter would enjoy Say Zoop!.

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