I will admit that at when school was coming to an end I had all these great ideas in mind on how I would keep the education going all Summer long with learning activities. I was sure that my kids would be the ones who would enter their next grades further along than where they were the last day of school. And then Summer hit and life got crazy busy. Yes, they read every day, and yes, I try to do other learning activities with them, but truth be told, I have slacked big time. In all honesty, I just haven’t had the time to sit down with them every day to help them… and I have felt horrible about it. Until now. You see, I realized that I needed help, so I set them up with a really cool kids tech product called Osmo.
You see, the folks at Best Buy sent me an Osmo Genius Kit to try out with the kids and I am MORE than impressed. I am not kidding, I am 100% WON over by the Osmo Genius Kit and can’t stop ranting and raving about it. It has literally changed our lives. Okay, let me start by telling you exactly what it is. The Osmo Genius Kit is an interactactive kit that is compatable with theApple iPad 2, 3, 4, all versions of iPad Mini and iPad Air, iPad Pro(9.7). It comes with a small mirror that attaches to your iPad, an iPad base, as well as 5 game pieces, and free app downloads.
Once you open the kit, you attach the mirror to the camera of your iPad and then slide the iPad into the base. At that point, you can go to the Apple App Store and download the apps for all five games. Once the apps are downloaded, you can choose from Words, Masterpiece, Tangram, Newton and Numbers Games. We started with the Tangrams game and from the first moment my girls were hooked.
The way the Osmo Tangram Game works is that the kids are challenged to arrange the wooden Tangram pieces as they are arranged on the iPad screen. The beginner level allows children to see the colors and the shapes as they build and as the levels move up the colors and shapes disappear so that the kids have to figure out where each piece goes.
It took the girls a bit of time to catch on, but once they did, they took turns going from one level to the next. The next day they begged me to get back on the iPad to play some more Osmo games so we moved onto the Words game.
The Osmo Words Game brought out the competitive side in my girls as they competed to be the first to guess and spell out the onscreen
hidden word by tossing down real life letters faster than the other. Think of a tech-type game of hang man. If they chose the correct letter it would fly to the word, whereas the wrong letter flew to the top of the screen. I was shocked to see at how well they worked through figuring out the word from looking at the picture and what shocked me even more is watching as my five-year-old would finish a word that my seven-year-old would start. They literally played for almost an hour and got upset when I told them it was time to clean up.
The next day, the girls tried the Osmo Numbers Game and once again, I was so happy to hear non-stop laughter. The way this game works is that the game comes with number pieces, the goal is to complete as many math problems as possible to collect all the fish and get the highest score possible. The funny thing about this game is that Little Man overheard the girls playing and actually joined in, himself.
The best part is that all three kids love to play and I know that they are learning every single step of the way. Depending on the game, they either take turns or work together and they constantly beg me to allow them to play longer and longer. Oh, and we haven’t even tried the Masterpiece or Newton games yet and we are all already addicted. So, if you are looking for a way to keep learning fun all summer with games that are specifically designed to foster creativity, problem solving, and social intelligence, I would suggest heading to BestBuy.com to order your own Osmo Genius Game Kit!
Watch the commercial below:
Which of the 5 Osmo Games do you think your kids would like best?
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