Osmo Little Genius Starter Kit Review #HolidayGiftGuide

My five year old started senior kindergarten this year. Things are different. She's still in a split class with half being junior kindergarten and the other half being in senior kindergarten. She loves that she gets to be one of the bigger kids and help out her new friends as they are getting adjusted to going to school every day. 

One thing that hasn't changed is her love for learning. Every day she comes home from school and ask if she has homework. Since she's in SK, they don't send them home with homework, so I usually get on the computer and find some printable worksheets for her to do once she's home. After she's done her homework she loves getting on her ipad mini and playing a game or two before dinner is ready. 

These last couple of weeks, she's been loving her ipad even more as we were sent the Little Genius Starter Kit from Osmo! Osmo is a line of hands-on educational digital/physical games. The product uses a stand and a clip-on mirror to allow any tablet's front-facing camera to recognize and track objects in front of the device. Using these technologies and AI software embedded within the apps, the device is able to bridge the physical and digital worlds by taking gameplay beyond the screen for kids of varying ages. 

We were sent their Little Genius Starter Kit, which is geared for kids between the ages of 3-5 and gives them a new holistic approach to early learning. The kit comes with everything you need to get started as well as download instructions to get the Osmo app on your tablet. The kit also includes the Osmo Base, four game appls, 38 rings and sticks, 19 costume pieces, 1 play mat and two stackable storage bins that include the pieces for all four games included. This is such a game changer when it comes to learning for your little ones. With the love that everyone has with their electronics now and days, I love that with Osmo, you're not only getting to use your tablet, but also your child is getting to use their imagination as well as hands on creative play. 

After the easy set up that took less than five minutes to download the app, sign up so that I can track my child's progress, she was off to learning in no time. The Little Genius Kit comes with four early leanring games for your child to start off with, ABC's, Costume Party, Squiggle Magic and Stories. 

With the ABC game your little one is able to build letters with the squishy colorful sticks and rings that are included in the kit. It was awesome watching my little one create letters and then have her creation added to her ipad so she could see it both in person and on screen. She loved that. 

Costume Party was a really cool game for her to play as well and for her to use her imagintion. With this game your child can experiment with clothes, hair and color to create different party outfits for the character that's included. This was pretty cool to see beause with each outfit my child put on for the character included, we got to see the character's reaction, which got my little girl really excited. 

Squiggle Magic allows your child to create anything they want using the stiks and rings and then once created and they push the green button to add their creation on screen, your child can see their creation come alive. This was one of Bailey's favorite games to play. It got her creative juices flowing and she was creating all kinds of things.

Stories allowed you to mix and match costumes to find silly solutions for obstacles and navigate adventures. I loved seeing Bailey play with this game and seeing her imagination shine as she figured out how to navigate the adventure on screen. 

Not only are there these four games that come included with the Osmo app, but there are also tons of other games for you to download for your child to enjoy. We were also sent the Super Studio Disney Princess Kit that included super sketchpad, sper studio marker, super sweeper ad super studio game app. This allowed for Bailey to help some of her favorite princesses, Belle, Rapunzel and Cinderella. There are many different Disney themed packs that you can purchase separately to make your child's experience with their Osmo even more fun, like, Mickey Mouse and Friends as well as Incredibles 2. 

What I've loved most about Bailey using the Osmo is that it's giving her healthy screen time as she's spending less time watching Youtube videos and more time with a hands on learning experience that's not only allowing her to get creative and use her imagination, but she's also learning so much from it.

This would be a great gift to give any little one in your life with the holidays being around the corner. Not only would this be a great gift for your child, but it would also make a great teacher's gift as well so that your little one and their classmates can all use this kit to help learn while they're in school. The Osmo Little Genius Starter Kit retails for $79 and if you check their site right now, it's on sale for even cheaper. 

As much as my daughter loves to be on her ipad to play games, I have to say, she has never been this excited when getting on her ipad. She has come home every single day after school asking to play with her Little Genuis kit. For more information about the Little Genius kit and other kits from Osmo, be sure to check them out online.

Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Osmo Little Genius Starter Kit at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.


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