Here is a list of stores that sell educational toys and games that may be helpful as learning resources for homeschoolers. Some are online, some are brick-and-mortar stores, and some are both.
Discounts to Homeschoolers:
Always remember to ask if the supplier offers an "educator's discount" and show your OFTP membership card. Let OFTP know what suppliers offer discounts so that we can pass this information along to the membership.
Bear Dance Crafts
Contact: Natalie Weeks
Home-based business run by a homeschooling family in Kaslo, British Columbia, offering natural toys, natural craft supplies and books. Waldorf dolls, doll-making kits, wooden music makers, wooden toys, games and puzzles, dress-ups and more.
Phone: (613) 296-6252
Online shopping for unique educational toys. OFTP members receive a 10% discount (see the Member's Area or your Discount Sheet for the discount code). Print catalogue also available. Ottawa area shoppers can pickup their orders. You can subscribe to the BongoClub newsletter for exclusive savings and promotions and to get updates on new toys and products.
3 Churchill Cr
Simcoe ON N3Y 4Z4
Creators of Balancing Act Challenge™, a board game based on the Canadian government's Canada's Food Guide To Healthy Eating, which organizes nutritional needs into four food groups: grain products, milk products, vegetables & fruit, and meat & meat alternatives. [Note: Because of the dairy group, it will not be suitable for vegans. Those wishing to teach a more inclusive understanding of healthy diets and/or a broader understanding of nutrition will need to supplement the game with information on other diets and additional nutritional needs, as the governmental Food Guide system on which the game is based favours dairy while omitting the importance of water and micronutrients.] The object of the game is to be the first player to collect the required number of each food group's Serving Cards. Mail, email, or fax your purchase order/request (include courier account for delivery, if applicable). Invoice will be faxed or emailed with an indication of the total owing, including any delivery charges. Payment methods are cheque, money order or cash.
Educational toys sold through consultants. Find the consultant nearest you by entering your postal code on their website.
Perth ON K7H 3C6
Phone: (613) 267-4819
Fax: (613) 264-0696
—Makers and distributors of cooperative games. Ask your local toy store to carry them or order directly. Ask for a free catalogue.
The Games Galaxy
The Games Galaxy contains hundreds of unique educational games that stress reading, writing, spelling, arithmetic, and so on. Though they are geared for children aged about 7 - 15, most will be enjoyed by parents and teachers, too. If you order the 150-game package, you will get an additional ten booklets, which contain 362 pages of more games. You can download 6 games for free as a sample (6 pdf files). As with any non-Canadian resource, be aware that any spelling in the instructions or content will be American, not Canadian, so you will have to adapt where needed.
Games for Fun, Fitness and Learning
A resource book of games for children between the ages of 7 and 16. Written by Kathi Wyldeck, an Australian homeschooling mom who is also an ESL teacher, the book includes physical and mental games, life skill games, and educational games. On the website there is a pdf file of free sample games from the book so you can check it out before you purchase. The website also provides a free Game of the Week, some Writing Topics of the Week, and Knowledge Quizzes.
The Grand River Toy Company
265 Baker Street
Nelson BC V1L 4H4
Store Hours Mo-Sat 9.30am-5pm
Phone: (250) 352-5729
24-Hour Fax line: (250) 352-5729
— Sells Waldorf toys, craft and school supplies, including natural toys and dolls, felting wool and needles, and woolens for children and babies. Shop online or at the brick-&-mortar store in Nelson, BC.
Mastermind Educational Technologies Inc.
465 Milner Ave. Units 4 to 7
Scarborough ON M1B 2K4
TOLL FREE : (888)388-0000
FAX: (416) 321-8988
— Several brick-&-mortar stores in the Greater Toronto Area, plus online shopping. Would not offer a home educator discount when OFTP contacted them.
The Children's Corner Incorporated
P.O Box 60025
Oakville, ON L6M 3H2
Phone: (905) 825-9027
— NounSense is a fun, social game that motivates children to read andhelps them develop their skills in grammar, word recognition and sentence structure. The game is played with 10 funny Story Cards, 72 Silly Nouns, a playing Board and a Die. "Wild Words" provide players with extra challenge, extra points and fun trading. Players read their stories out loud at the end of the game, making for a lot of laughter. Although the game is designed with 7-9 year olds in mind, NounSense is also fun for pre-school non-readers (with the help of a reading buddy) and for 10-11 year olds to help with their reading skills. The humour appeals to all ages, so adults love playing, too. A 112 page Activity Guide which contains lesson plans and learning activities to use with the game, is available on their website.
S & S Learning
— Aside from activity workbooks, S & S Learning also has educationaltoys, board games, and other non-book resources. Some examples: anatomy apron (cut-out organs attach with Velcro onto the pre-printed outines of the heart, lungs, intestines, kidneys and stomach); skeleton puzzle; gears, pulleys; "healthy meal" plastic food sets; set of wooden grocery products; plastic Canadian coins; plastic weights; math manipulatives, place value rods, pattern blocks, tangram pieces, mosaic pieces, "count the chips" plastic cookies and cookie jar, "piece-a-pizza" plastic fraction set; number puzzles; subject-based bingo games and board games; scales, clocks, measuring tapes, thermometers; subject-based colouring books. Canadiana resources include Canadian history, Canadian geography, Canadian government, and Canadian seasonal.
Campbellville ON L0P 1B0,
Phone:1 (800) 387-2888
Fax: (905) 854 2090
—toy catalogue and book catalogue.