Keeping the kids busy and not bored can be a challenge in the summer. While they would have no problem playing video games all day long, I just can’t allow that to happen. Luckily Best Buy sent us a really cool product to try, the OSMO Genius kit.
I can get a little jaded with gaming technology in general but these iPad game accessories are super fun and educational too. The OSMO encourages creative thinking with several different games. Our OSMO pack included: Numbers, Words, Masterpiece, Newton and Tangram
Numbers is the most used game in our house. I think it’s because it’s most like a traditional video game to them. They are trying to collect fish and keys and avoid bombs. They work with numbers to advance each level by counting, adding and multiplying.
Words is fun because you can compete against each other and download additional content like trivia and geography. The basic game asks you to spell out the image on screen.
Arrange colorful wooden shapes to match designs on the iPad with Tangram. The designs get harder and harder with each successful creation.
I love Newton and I think it’s the boys 2nd favorite OSMO game. The object is to guide bouncing balls onto targets by drawing lines. You can also use physical objects like pencils or hands on the whiteboard.
The boys have only tried Masterpiece a few times but it is amazing to see what Quinn has drawn using it. It turns the iPad into a tool that helps guide drawings so you can get the proportion and perspective right.
The boys have had a blast playing all the OSMO games. Discussing answers or strategy has made OSMO much more social than I expected. I originally thought I would need buy a second base/mirror combination so they could play simultaneously but they really got along well, playing together and taking turns.
OSMO is compatible with select iPad models and is suitable for kids 6 and up! The setup is ridiculously easy and the games are free downloads in the app store. The OSMO game set includes a sturdy base, mirror and game pieces.
Check out the OSMO Youtube channel for videos on how the different apps work including the news game, OSMO Coding. Quinn has been begging to try it, it allows younger kids to code because they use the physical blocks to create each step. Call it coding with LEGOS.
Osmo Coding uses hands-on physical blocks to control Awbie, a playful character who loves delicious strawberries. Each block is a coding command that directs Awbie on a wondrous tree-shaking, strawberry-munching adventure
The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free