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.
Suppliers of educational toys and games
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.
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. Consultants of whom we're aware:
Lauren Ivanchuk, Discovery Toys Senior Toy Advisor
905-246-1480 (905 area code is in the GTA)
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.
Fire the Imagination
www.firetheimagination.ca Quality wooden toys and other resources. Canadian Distributor for Jim Weiss' award-winning storytelling audio. His recordings span all historical time periods and include works by G A Henty. Jim is also the voice behind Susan Wise-Bauer's audio Story of the World Volume 3. In addition to providing Jim's recordings to homeschoolers, Fire the Imagination also distributes the Classical Kids series including Teachers' Guides, Mozart Effect audio for improving memory and spatial abilities and The Best of Collection, a series of classical music recordings chosen by the Classical Kids creator, Susan Hammond.
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.
The Grand River Toy Company
Owner: Jenn Chic
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or Jenn@lovemaplerose.com
Sells Waldorf-inspired home schooling supplies, craft supplies and kits, all natural toys and books. Natural, non-toxic, sustainable ingredients. Works with local artisans. Weekly newsletter features subscriber-only specials, new product features, craft ideas and recipes.
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.
Toys and supplies made of materials that are biodegradable (wood, wool, organic cotton, and silk) and sustainably sourced. Also some books. Homeschooler discount.
Campbellville ON L0P 1B0,
Phone:1 (800) 387-2888
Fax: (905) 854 2090
Toy catalogue and book catalogue.