A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Kids age 2-5 and 6-11 can learn about school subjects like math, science, language, music, health, and geography. Game and activity topics include the human body, Internet safety, spelling, and addition. Games -- created with help from educational consultants -- reinforce a number of other skills, including reading comprehension and creativity. Not all games offer an explanation for wrong answers, which is too bad; the ones that do really drive home each concept. But generally, the format works. TVO Kids offers an impressive amount of information -- showcased in fun activities so kids won't feel like they're getting an education overload.
Young kids can watch videos to prepare them to start school. Other games and activities have been designed to ignite an interest in education; some sections deal with manners and being polite.
Products & Purchases
The site may be meant to promote a TV show, but there are surprisingly few plugs for it -- and it's essentially product-free.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that educational consultants helped create the site, which is sponsored by an Ontario-based kids' TV show. Featuring dozens of learning-based games and activities for kids 11 and under, TVO Kids offers a safe experience -- and emphasizes that learning can be fun.
Is It Any Good?
TVO KIDS is based on an educational Canadian TV show -- but you won't find excessive plugs for the program on the site. The content includes dozens of fun, creative games and activities that reinforce school curriculum topics like math, science, health, art, and music. Activities are offered for kids age 2 to 5 and 6 to 11 and can range from a bowling game with info about the constellations to a maze that helps teach users about the five senses. With an impressive amount of engaging, clever games, short videos, a homework help section, and contests that reward kids for donating food locally or solving math problems, TVO Kids offers grade-schoolers a fun way to find out more about what they're learning in school -- without parents having to worry about their safety.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.