Education

Osmo Review

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.

This post originally appeared on Living a Sunshine Life.

Osmo came in the mail to us a few weeks ago and we’ve been having fun with it ever since. If you’re not familiar with Osmo, it’s a product giving kids a new way to interact with educational apps on the iPad. It works with a variety of different iPads; it’s compatible with Apple iPad 2, 3, 4, all versions of iPad Mini and iPad Air, iPad Pro(9.7). We received the Osmo Genius Kit which includes the base, mirror and 5 games.

The base is adjustable to fit the different sizes of iPads. The mirror, which is the red piece on top, fits over the camera so Osmo can see what’s on the surface in front of it.

We received five of the six current games, Words, Tangram, Numbers, Newton and Masterpiece. We didn’t receive Coding, however with as much as my girls are interested in coding games right now I’m pretty sure we’ll be adding that one to our collection soon. I’m hoping the future of Osmo means even more games. As a homeschooling family I love the different types of critical thinking, problem solving and creativity these games foster.

All of the games are accessed by downloading an app to your iPad. I moved all five of the games to their own Osmo folder so the kids can find them easily among all of their other apps. Words, Tangram, and Numbers all have special pieces used to play the games. Newton and Masterpiece only require a whiteboard or white piece of paper to be placed under the camera to use them.

My kids were disappointed with how easy the games start out. There isn’t a way to test into harder levels. Everyone starts at the same easy levels and you work your way up. I had to explain to them that this is a great way for them to review stuff they already know and they can challenge themselves to complete the easy levels as fast as possible. Not only this, but there are a lot of other fun puzzle games out there that start you off easy and progressively get more challenging. That’s one of the things I personally love about Osmo.

I think the collective family favorite is Numbers. I’ve always been a fan of math but the kids seem to get a bit anxious whenever a math worksheet is placed in front of them. Osmo Numbers has made math fun for them, and while it’s starting out with problems they already know the answer to, I’ve noticed their ability to do mental math is speeding up which I know will help them as they start building into more challenging problems. Right now the girls are working on basic addition and subtraction to get the answers in Numbers, however as they progress, we’ll be able to add in multiplication and probably not even realize they are learning something new!

One of the more challenging games for the girls to play is Newton. The object is to get the ball to hit the target by drawing lines or placing other objects in it’s path. They girls have a lot of fun placing random items on the board to create random paths, however sometimes their objects make the problem more complicated than it needs to be. This is where those skills in problem solving come in and I think this game will help quite a bit.

Overall I’m loving quite a bit on Osmo. It’s been an excellent supplement to our homeschool lessons and something the kids want to do in their free time. Even if you don’t homeschool, this is a fantastic product for any family who wants fun, educational, interactive games for their kids to utilize during their free time. It provides great review and a chance for kids to challenge themselves to improve on different skills. Osmo suggested age is 6+ for this product, though as a parent, I’ll be the first to admit it’s great for kids of all ages, including adults. I have a lot of fun getting on there to challenge myself to different games and the kids love to see my progress as much as their own.

What do you think your favorite Osmo game would be? Tell me your thoughts in the comments below.

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