Sticks and the Seasons

Join Sticks as he explores all the changes that take place in his world during Canada's four seasons.

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While Playing: 
  • Try to have your child predict the changes that should be seen as Sticks introduces each season.
  • Allow your child to connect what they see on the screen to what they have seen in their own world.Ask your child where the birds go during the winter.What has your child seen a chipmunk do at the local park or in your own backyard?What do they think a bird uses to make a nest?
  • Attempt to connect the season to other significant events or months in your child's life.After viewing the fall season section, ask your child when does that weather and those changes come to your neighbourhood.Try to have your child state a specific month, an event (e.g., Halloween) or a special occasion such as a birthday.
  • During each season, encourage your child to describe the types of clothing they would wear if they were to visit Sticks and his friends.

 

Ontario Curriculum Connections: 

Sticks and the Seasons is an interactive game that allows your child to explore how the environment changes and the visible differences associated with each season This game  meets many expectations of the Ontario Full Day - Early Learning Kindergarten Program, one of which is:

Science and Technology:

Demonstrate an awareness of the natural and built environment through hands-on investigations, observations, questions and representations of their findings.

 

At-Home Activities: 
  • Have a crazy dress-up afternoon with your child.At home, take a look at all the different clothes that you would wear for each season.Then, wear an outfit that has at least one article of clothing from each season.Enjoy wearing a toque, sweater, shorts and rain boots to be ready for any season.Have your child describe the season for each article of clothing that is worn and why it is needed.
  • Try to bring Sticks and his friends to your own backyard.Buy or make your own bird feeder so your child can observe birds coming to visit.Purchase a variety of seeds and try to make the tastiest seed mix possible to attract different birds.Look for different coloured birds and keep track with a tally chart.
  • Plant your own seeds at home.With your child, purchase some seeds, potting soil and small planters.Ask your child what the seeds needed in the game to grow.Try to replicate this in your home.Once you plant the seeds, use a calendar to cross off each date in your experiment.Make a special mark when you see the first stem appear and have your child count the number of days needed for this to grow.Do the same when you see the first leaf or petal.
  • If there is one animated character or portion of the activity that your child loves, visit your local library to find more books to read with your child about fish, squirrels, chipmunks, birds or weather to capitalize on their interest.