Space Junk

While Playing: 
  • Play with a friend!
  • Take turns doing the different missions!
  • See if you can guess which country is which by its flag!
  • Try to play all 15 missions without losing any lives!
Ontario Curriculum Connections: 

Playing Space Junk helps kids meet many expectations of the Ontario Curriculum, one of which is:

Science and Technology:

Understanding Earth and Space Systems:

Evaluate the social and environmental costs and benefits of space exploration, taking different points of view into account.

At-Home Activities: 

Space Junk in our atmosphere is a serious problem!

  • Visit your local library, or use the internet to discover more about space junk and the issues around it. You will be amazed!
  • For fun, choose one of the 15 countries that is involved with the International Space Station Program. Visit your local library, or look on the internet to discover the country's space mission, and the junk that was left in outer space from that mission!
  • At home, print out the flag sheet and see how many flags you and your family can identify!
  • Look up the unknown flags in an atlas!

TVOKids’ Match-a Match-a Island Game Helps Early Learners Develop Crucial Spatial Thinking Skills

Monday December 2, 2013

TVOKids launches Match-a Match-a Island, a fun matching game designed to help children ages four to seven develop their spatial thinking skills, an area of growing concern for educators.

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Sandy Math: Shapes

While Playing: 
  • Sit with your child while he/she plays the Sandy Math Shapes game.
  • Take turns putting the blocks back where they were supposed to go.
  • Have a conversation about the blocks that you see. For example, "Hey! Look at the cube, it has 6 faces! Each face is a square!"
  • Encourage your child to repeat the name of each figure as it replaced in the sandcastle.
Ontario Curriculum Connections: 

Playing the Sandy Math Shapes game, helps your child meet many expectations of the Ontario Kindergarten Program including the following:


Geometry and Spatial Sense

Build three-dimensional structures using a variety of materials and begin to recognize the three-dimensional figures their structure contains.

At-Home Activities: 

Construct structures of your own!

  • Use empty cereal, snack and other boxes and containers from your recycling bin.
  • Clean and decorate the containers and boxes. These will be your blocks.
  • Have your child label each "block" properly; i.e. rectangular prism, triangular prism, pyramid, cylinder, cone etc.
  • See how many different structures you can make with one set of "blocks".
  • Take pictures of your structures!

Matcha Matcha Island

While Playing: 
  • Take turns finding the matching pairs
  • See how many levels you can achieve
  • Time yourself and your child while playing, and chart how many pairs you can find in 1 minute, 2 minutes and 5 minutes.


Ontario Curriculum Connections: 

Playing Matcha Matcha Island helps your child meet many expectations across the Ontario curriculum, one of which is:

The Kindergarten Program


Geometry and Spatial Sense

Demonstrate an understanding of basic spatial relationships and movements

At-Home Activities: 

Challenge yourself and your child to see how much quicker you can get at matching the cards on Matcha Matcha Island!

  • Copy out the tally table provided
  • Fill in the names of all the people who will be playing the game
  • Keep track of how many matches you can find in 30 seconds, 1 minute and 2 minutes
  • Do this for one week straight
  • See if your number of matches gets higher over the span of a week!

TVOKids Launches on Bell Mobile TV

Wednesday November 6, 2013

TVO and Bell today announced the launch of TVOKids on Bell Mobile TV, making TVO’s fun and educational children’s television programs accessible nationally on Bell smartphones and tablets.

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Hot Spots, Safe or Not?

While Playing: 
  • Have your child choose where he/she wants to find the fire hazards- the house or the apartment.
  • Take turns finding the hazards in the room.
  • Take turns reading out the quiz questions and answers.
  • With your child, reflect on your safety practices in your own home. For example, after finding the curling iron still plugged turned on in the bathroom in the game, tell your child how important it is to make sure that all hair appliances are turned off and unplugged after you use them!
Ontario Curriculum Connections: 

Playing this game helps your child meet the following expectation of the Ontario Curriculum:

Health and Physical Education

Grade 2

Healthy Living

Demonstrate an understanding of practices that enhance personal safety in the home (e.g., observing precautions for answering the phone and door, establishing home fire escape strategies, respecting electrical outlet covers, following precautions for preparing and storing foods, washing hands) and outdoors

At-Home Activities: 

Although we don't like to think about having to deal with a situation that could be potentially frightening for our children, like fire, it is crucial to educate our children about how to be prepared if a fire were to break out, as well as how to prevent fires in the first place.

  • Go on a hazard walk in your home with your child.
  • Have dialogue about what you see in each room that could be a potential fire hazard.
  • Ask your child how to remove the hazard, or come up with a solution together.
  • Make sure all the smoke alarms in your house have fresh batteries and are in working condition.
  • Check out the TVOKids smoke alarm activity, Push the Button
  • Visit your local Fire Station with your child.
  • Make a Fire Escape Plan with your family. Draw out a map, and make sure your children know the plan. Practice it with random fire drills.

The Media Lab: Web Wiz

While Playing: 
  • Take turns deciding where to put your "x" or "o"
  • Take turns answering the questions.
  • Keep a tally of how many times you play the game- how many times you won, tied, and lost.
  • Talk about the questions and answers. For example, you can ask your child, "Have you ever been asked online to enter in personal information? Where?"
Ontario Curriculum Connections: 

Playing Web Wiz helps kids meet many expectations of the Ontario Curriculum across grades including the following:

Grade 4

Health and Physical Education

Personal Safety and Injury Prevention

Identify risks associated with communications technology (e.g., Internet and cell phone use, including participation in gaming and online communities and the use of text messaging), and describe precautions and strategies for using these technologies safely.

At-Home Activities: 

It is important for you as a parent or teacher to know what is going on online- stay as current as you can, and feel free to ask your children or students questions about their online habits. They need to be aware that the adults in their lives care about them and their safety.

From a young age, make sure the lines of communication are as open as possible where it concerns online habits, and hopefully that will continue as your child becomes older and more involved with the connected world.

The Mayor's Muffins

While Playing: 
  • Encourage your child to select one of the play options; "Read to Me" or "Ready by Myself".
  • If your child selects the "Read by Myself" option, he/she can tap on the text box at any point to hear any unknown words.
  • Take turns reading out loud to each other!
  • Encourage your child to say the tongue twisters out loud with the characters in the ebook.
Ontario Curriculum Connections: 

When your child plays The Mayor's Muffins interactive e-book, he/she meets many expectations of the Ontario Curriculum across grades including the following:

Language: Writing

Grade 2

Identify some simple elements of style, including voice, word choice, and different types of sentences, and explain how they help readers understand texts (e.g., descriptive adjectives help the reader visualize a setting; alliteration helps make ideas or characters stand out: red red robin)


At-Home Activities: 

Play a tongue twister game! It's easy!

  • All you have to do, is have your child choose a letter of the alphabet. For example, D.
  • Once the letter is chosen, choose 5 words that begin with that letter, and make them into a sentence. For example, doctor, dog, drips, donut, door- The doctor drips the donut by the dog at the door.
  • Now take turns trying to say the sentence quickly three times in a row!
  • Take turns choosing letters and words!

Math Master

While Playing: 
  • Make sure you have a pencil and paper handy so that you can work out harder math problems.
  • Play with a friend sitting next to you, and take turns answering the questions!
  • Keep challenging yourself to do better! Play a higher level, or select an operation that you find challenging- remember, practice makes perfect!
  • Challenge a grown up in your house to play, too! Even grown ups need to brush up on their math skills!
  • Send your report card to your teacher, a family member or a friend!
  • Keep track of the level that you played so that you can challenge yourself to a higher level the next time you play!
Ontario Curriculum Connections: 

Playing Math Master helps your child meet many expectations of the Ontario math curriculum across many grade levels including the following:

Grade 4

Number Sense and Numeration

Adding and subtracting three-digit numbers in a variety of ways;

Multiplying and dividing two-digit whole numbers by one-digit whole numbers


Grade 5

Number Sense and Numeration

Represent, compare, and order whole numbers and decimal numbers from 0.01 to 100 000


At-Home Activities: 

Bring Math Master alive at home, all you need is at least one other person!

  • Make a bunch of questions for each area addition, subtraction, multiplication and division- write out each question on an index card, and make sure to include the answer on the opposite side.
  • If there are 2 players, each player gets to choose which area he/she wants to practice.
  • Set a timer for 2 minutes, and see how many questions are answered correctly!
  • If you have more than 2 players, have one person act as the 'game show host'.
  • The 'host' reads out the question to both players, both players have the chance to answer, and the person with the correct answer gets 5 points! If both people answer correctly, they both get 5 points! For every wrong answer, take off 2 points from the score!
  • If you have lots of players, make teams!


While Playing: 
  • Sit with your child while he/she is reading the Rangerpalooza e-book.
  • When you feel that your child is ready and comfortable to read on his/her own, encourage him/her to select the "Read by Myself" mode.
  • Encourage your child to ask for help when he/she comes across an unknown word. Or, touch the text box, and your child will hear the words read aloud.
  • After reading through the book once, encourage your child to play the book again, and select a different group of rhyming words.
  • Take turns reading along with the story when in the "Read to Me" mode.
  • With your child, sing along to the songs in the "Read to Me" mode.
Ontario Curriculum Connections: 

When your child interacts with the Rangerpalooza e-book, he/she meets many different expectations of the Ontario Language Curriculum including the following:

Language- Reading

Grade One

Read a few different types of literary texts (e.g., pattern books, rhymes, books from home, simple fiction stories)

At-Home Activities: 

You and your child can make your own e-book! It's so easy!

  • Use a software like Power Point.
  • Each slide is a different page of the story.
  • Write the story together, and use family pictures, rights-free pictures from the internet to illustrate your story, or draw and scan your own illustrations!
  • You can also have your child record his/her voice for each page, using the audio controls!
  • Share your book with family and friends!
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