Bear's Birthday Party

While Playing: 
  • Sit with your child while he/she plays the game.
  • Take turns sorting the items, and make sure to have a conversation about the game while you play.
  • For example, ask your child why he/she has decided to put a certain item where he/she puts it, or ask how they are sorting? By which characteristic or attribute?
Ontario Curriculum Connections: 

Playing Bear's Birthday Party helps your child meet specific developmental skills of the Ontario ELECT document (Early Learning for Every Child Today):

Cognition: Classifying:

  • Sorting objects, pictures and things into groups
  • Comparing, matching, and sorting according to common properties
  • Comparing objects
At-Home Activities: 

There are many fun ways to bring sorting into your child's daily life in meaningful ways!

Play The Sock Game!

  • Do you have a bunch of single socks? Whether you do, or don't, put a bunch (5-20 depending on the age of your child) of singles socks into an empty pillowcase.
  • Have your child pull the socks out of the pillowcase.
  • Once they are all out, ask your child to sort the socks.
  • Encourage your child to talk about how she/he is sorting the socks- by colour? Pattern? Size? Type?
  • Once your child has sorted them one way, ask him/her to sort another way.
  • Try sorting with a different item, like hairclips, buttons, or crayons!


Explore More Body Battle

While Playing: 
  • Play with a friend!
  • Take turns clicking on the "Get Clue" button.
  • Try to figure out where the germ is hiding, either by clicking on a body system or clicking on a bodily fluid
  • Find the germ, and capture it before your energy runs out, or you'll get sick!
  • See if you can catch ALL the germs and fill up all the vials!
Ontario Curriculum Connections: 

Playing Explore More Body Battle helps your child meet expectations of the Ontario Science Curriculum for grade 5, including:

Understanding Life Systems:

Human Organ Systems:

  • Investigate the structure and function of the major organs of various human body systems
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the structure and function of human body systems and interactions within and between systems


At-Home Activities: 

Watch the Explore More shows on the site! 

You can make your own set of lungs by watching the episode on the respiratory system, or watch crackers dissolve in your own home-made digestive juice by watching the episode on the digestive system!

Polkaroo's Planets

While Playing: 
  • Sit with your child while playing Polkaroo's Planets
  • Take turns tracing the path from one planet to the other
  • Reiterate the ordinal numbers associated with the planets you are connecting
  • Encourage your child to count along with Gisele
Ontario Curriculum Connections: 

Playing Polkaroo's Planets helps your child meet expectations of the ELECT program (Early Learning for Every Child Today) and The Kindergarten Program, including:

Describing and determining ordinal number and position; pointing to and describing relative position: before, after, between, front, back, next, last, first to sixth;

Use ordinal numbers in a variety of everyday contexts

At-Home Activities: 

There are lots of fun ways that you can bring learning about ordinal numbers into your child's life in a meaningful way- Here's just one idea!

  • Have your child collect a number of small toys (3-5)
  • Place them in a line from left to right; (put the one for the first position in the far left)
  • Once your child has had a turn to count the toys, and to say which is in which position, i.e. "Turtle is 4th", have your child either hide his/her eyes or leave the room
  • Take one of the toys out of the line-up, and hide it behind your back.
  • Your child has to say which toy is missing, and from which position.
  • Take turns!


Word Racer

While Playing: 
  • Take turns playing Word Racer.
  • You can have a competition by creating your own player screen, and taking turns playing the rounds. You can take turns one round at a time, or you can play until you lose, then have the other person play until they lose, too!
  • See who can be the first to unlock all the cars!
Ontario Curriculum Connections: 

Playing Word Racer helps your child meet different learning expectations of the Ontario curriculum including the following:

Grade 3 and Grade 4

Writing: Spelling familiar words: Spell some high-frequency words correctly

and Writing: Spelling unfamiliar words: spell unfamiliar words using a variety of strategies that involve understanding sound-symbol relationships


At-Home Activities: 
  • Play the Word Racer at-home game!
  • This game helps your child practice their spelling skills just like Word Racer, but away from the computer!
  • Print out the letter tiles and the Word Cards.
  • Glue the sheet on a piece of thin cardboard (you can even use an empty cereal box!)
  • While you wait for the glue to dry, cut out the Word Cards.
  • Once the glue is dry, cut out each piece.
  • Scatter the letter tiles face up on a table.
  • Take turns drawing a Word Card.
  • Say the word out loud, but don't show the card. The other player has to try to spell the word correctly.
  • The player guessing is allowed a hint, and can look at the Word Card for 3 seconds! You can decide how many hints are allowed per round.
  • Keep score by seeing how many words you can each spell correctly!


Frantic Find

While Playing: 
  • Play Frantic Find with your child!
  • Frantic Find is a great game to play on "Game Night"! There is room for 4 people for each round!
  • Reinforce the learning by having your child say the shape name aloud as he/she moves them around the board.
  • Use a tally score chart to keep track of who wins the most rounds!
  • Have fun!
Ontario Curriculum Connections: 

Frantic Find helps your child meet different expectations of the Ontario Curriculum, one being:

Grade 1


Geometry and Spatial Sense

Identify and describe common two-dimensional shapes


At-Home Activities: 

Play the Frantic Find home game!

  • Print out the page of shapes and characters- glue them on to light cardboard (like an empty cereal box) and cut them out when they are dry
  • Every player chooses a character (between 2-4 players works best)
  • Turn all the shape cards face down on a table, and mix them around
  • Flip one over
  • All players try to find the rest of the same shape by taking turns flipping one card over on each turn

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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