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Looking for an Osmo review and guide? This review from an elementary school teacher will tell you how to use your Osmo and what ages each game is perfect for!
This isn't the first time I've talked about our Osmo device. We've had one for quite some time, and I even used one in my reading intervention program as a teacher. However, with so many people trying to set up at home learning right now, I'm getting a TON of questions about educational toys like the Osmo…..so I thought it was perfect time to write our full Osmo review and guide.
A bit of info: An Osmo is a device that attaches to an Amazon Fire Tablet or an Ipad. The device is an extension of the tablets camera and creates an interactive surface. Each Starter Kit (the Genius Kit for kids ages 5 and up or the Little Genius Kit for younger kids) comes with the reflector, pieces for a number of Osmo Games and a stand for the tablet. You can buy additional games to do even more with your game system or stick with the original ones.
Osmo Review and Guide: What Games for What Ages
My review? I'm Osmo obsessed. I highly recommend it as an at home learning tool. It's sturdy, we've had ours for three years and no issues with the hardware. It's engaging. As an elementary school teacher, I see so many academic skills addressed in the games.
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Here are the Kits and Games We Have Tried:
Little Genius Starter Kit: This is the preschool option, and it's great for ages three to five. The Starter Kit comes with four games: an ABCS game (where kids practice letter identification and build letters out of sticks), Squiggle Magic (building shapes and designs), Costume Party (building colors and patterns in outfits using the pieces provided) and Stories (use the tools provided to navigate scenarios and go on adventures). These games are a great start, and super age appropriate!
The kit comes with: 38 silicone Sticks & Rings, 19 Costume Pieces, Stackable storage containers, a Silicone play mat
Genius Starter Kit:This is the Starter Kit we currently use, it's perfect for ages six to ten. This Starter Kit comes with five games and is focused on math, spelling, problem solving and and puzzles. It comes with five games: A Tangrams game (shapes and geometry), a words game (this one has the option to play against friends), Newton (a game that leads you to guide bouncing balls through challenges), Masterpiece (a game that helps you draw….Masterpieces), and Numbers (fun math games). This kit comes with tiles and all materials needed for each game.
Pizza Co:This is our newest addition to our Osmo library and I love it! Pizza Co gives you the change to runyour own pizza shop! You cook pizza & calculate change using toppings & money tiles. It's a ton of fun.
Super Studio Drawing Games:If you've got a Disney lover…..the Super Studio Drawing Games are a must own. Each of these creates an interactive environment that your child adds to with their drawings. From the princess options to the Incredibles…….these are amazing for encouraging art and creativity!
Coding Starter Kit:This is our latest Osmo addition, and Lydia LOVES it. The Coding Starter Kit is for ages five to ten and has everything you need for three complete coding games (Coding Awbie, Coding Jam & Coding Duo). These games slowly teach a new skill level and are perfect for beginning and more advanced coders.