*AD-Gifted: We received the Osmo Genius Starter kit in exchange for this post.
While L has been home from preschool, we have been slowly learning letter recognition and spellings. But being 4 she is easily bored and looking for something else to do. Well, that was until we introduced her to Osmo. We’ve been told that L is way about average for her academic abilities so I was sure she would cope with the Osmo Genius Kit for ages 5 up to 12 years. The Osmo would be another way of learning for her and I was excited to see how she got on.
So What Is Osmo?
Although Osmo is tablet-based learning, it’s also real learning with hands-on experiences. It merges tactile exploration with innovative technology, actively engaging children in the learning process. Children use real-life objects to interact with the digital world on their tablets. Osmo comes suitable for iPad and fire tablets.
“Learning through physical-digital interactions“
What’s In The Osmo Genius Kit Box?
The Osmo Genius Kit comes with everything you need to get started and more!
- Osmo stand
- Red reflector
- Welcome booklet
- Word game cards
- Maths game cards
- Tangram wooden puzzle pieces
- Access to two apps that don’t require extra pieces – the Drawing Masterpiece app and the Newton app
The cards and Tangram pieces come in cute coloured boxes that are stackable and great for keeping everything together. Attached to the lid is a collectible card for that game.
To start using Osmo, you will need a compatible device connected to the internet. Osmo works with most iPads and select Amazon Fire tablets. You will then need the appropriate base and red reflector. Please note the bases and reflectors are not interchangeable between the iPad and the fire tablets.
Setting up Osmo
To set up Osmo, you will need to download the Osmo apps from your app store or Amazon. Each Osmo game will require a specific app for that game but you can download Osmo World and access the game apps through that without leaving the individual app. There are detailed instructions here on how to set up your Osmo for iPad, or here for Fire users.
Once you have the apps installed, place your tablet in the holder and place the red reflector over the camera. You can have multiple profiles on the Osmo, L loved to choose her avatar – one that looked the most like her!
The Osmo Genius Starter Kit Games
We started trying out the word game on the easy level for 4 year olds. L caught on very quickly what she had to do. You have to move the missing letter tiles to in front of the iPad screen. The reflector picks this up and transfers onto the screen. L thought it was done with magic!
As with the word game, we tried the easy level for the maths one. This one is great for L to learn simple adding up. There are different modes for this game, so counting, addition, and multiplication.
We all loved to play with the Tangram puzzle pieces, making different shapes and animals, and more. It’s great fun and perfect for learning about spatial awareness, problem-solving and visual learning. The puzzles get a lot more tricky and need some thought as you go up the levels.
What We Thought
We absolutely love Osmo. It brings a whole new meaning to the term learn through play. I’m not worried about too much screen time with this, as she isn’t solely concentrating on the screen all the time. It’s making her look through the pieces, before choosing which ones to use. I wouldn’t recommend this kit for children any younger than 4 years old. If they are under 4 you may want to look at the Osmo Little Genius Kit.
I like the idea of the parent app you can set up with Osmo. Parents can track game progress through this. A good tip is to have your iPad fully charged before you begin as it does drain the battery a bit!
I definitely think the Osmo Genius Kit is worth its money. Although the apps are free, you have to buy the kit to use them on the iPad or fire tablet, along with the game pieces. The base is made from durable plastic the same goes for the reflector. Osmo is a great investment for your child’s educational future. It will grow with your child as they get into more tricky stuff. Of course, it also turns education into fun! The future is coding, technology, and screens, this way they learn from a more physical way with screen-based learning combined. Much better to invest in than buying a one-off app. It would make a great Christmas or birthday present, as I know it is expensive. So I would recommend buying Osmo.
*We received the Osmo Genius Starter Kit for iPad through Dr Gummer’s Good Play Guide. You may remember through my Instagram stories that we had great fun joining in with their Play at Home Fest a few weekends back! And we also have an Osmo to giveaway!
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