Family Pastimes

Is a unique Canadian company that's been in business nearly 40 years, founded and operated by Jim Deacove and his family near Perth, Ontario since 1972. They work hard to find their materials as locally as possible. The games are co-operative in nature, meaning that players play as a team to meet the challenges, rather than against each other. Whether players are exploring space, climbing a mountain, building homes, making their way through a snowstorm or helping the farm dog stay clear of skunks and porcupines they are working together. They also offer opportunities to develop and improve skills in areas such as math, language, memory, observation, teamwork, socialization and imagination. The games offer exciting and realistic challenges in a variety of settings.



Have a look at NOOBEES ... a beautiful, soft, visually stimulating item for babies and an early learning tool for toddlers and preschoolers.



Noobees are the creation of Sara Thurman Oates, a Durham Region mum, and have now been featured in Today's Parent magazine. Noobees make a fantastic baby gift. They are fun, cozy and reasonably priced at $19.99 and what a great thing to know that you're purchasing a product that's ethically produced in Ontario. 

Crazy Forts


If your kids like to pretend and create forts, here is a really varied option! Crazy Forts has been invented by a Toronto dad who was tired of dragging kitchen chairs and blankets all over the place to make forts for his kids. It's a flexible option that can be changed into different fort structures... an igloo, pirate ship, house, school, etc. and can be used indoors or temporarily outdoors. Wonderful for families, organizations, schools and childcare centres. Versatile and lots of entertainment value!

Usborne Books at Home

Award-winning Usborne Books at Home is the Canadian direct selling/home-based distributor of award-winning British children's publisher Usborne. Usborne has been a leader in children's publishing for over 30 years and Usborne Books at Home, the Canadian distributor has been providing these wonderful books to Canadians for over 15 years. With over 1000 titles in both non-fiction and fiction, an exciting reading program for beginning and progressing readers and new releases being introduced each month, Usborne Books at Home offers a fantastic selection for children from infancy to the teen years.