Augmented Reality (AR) is the newest, most advanced interactive
technology. It blurs the line between the real world and the one on your
computer screen. Through a webcam, microphone and special printouts
called "markers," AR puts your family right in the middle of interactive
games, storybooks and activities.
With AR, you and your family don't just control the action; you are the action! Every move you make in the real world happens in the online world in real time, with effects and sounds that you experience instantly. You can "wear" fantastic costumes, "play" musical instruments or "touch" a virtual pop-up book.
We're especially excited about the potential AR holds for helping kids learn. For young children, playing and learning go hand in hand. With its incredible interactivity, AR unlocks a whole new way to do both. Plus, it's something the whole family can have fun with, and study after study shows that playing together has tremendous benefits for children.
What do I need to play the AR games on CBC Parents?
- standard web camera
- any intel based PC or Mac
- IE 7+, Firefox 3.0+ or Safari 3.0+
- Adobe Flash 10.1 plug-in
- Adobe Flash Reader
- a laser or inkjet printer
What AR games are available on CBC Parents?
Lion's Music Den
Create and mix different styles of music, then get up and dance!
Lion's Letter Lab
Trace, spell and learn the alphabet with 26 word sheets and 3D animations.
Lion's Adventures in Food
Travel across Canada and discover Canadian food through clues, recipes and videos.
Holiday Story Maker
Write a story, add stickers, then print it out or send a copy to a friend.