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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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!
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