Osmo Genius Starter Kit Review #HolidayGiftGuide

With the majority of the world continuing to stay home to do our part, this school year for my kids is a bit different. Like most, my kids are attending virtual school. My youngest is six and is in grade one. She's been doing great with this school year and making the best out of having to be home all day long. 

Last year she was sent a Little Genius Kit from our friends at Osmo and she loved it. She still continues to play with it, now, more than ever with us being home. She loves to learn and she loves to be creative. If Osmo merges tactile exploration with innovative technology, actively engaging children in the learning process. Their many different kits use tangible pieces to create a unique, hands-on learning experience.

This year we were sent their Genius Starter Kit for her to dive into. She's a year older and this kit is perfect as it is aimed at kids between the ages of 6-10. To play with these interactive kits you need either an iPad or an Amazon Fire Tablet. Bailey has an iPad mini, and that works great. The Genius Starter Kit is a great entry to the Osmo universe. The kit includes everything your kids need to experience hands-on learning and digital fun in five different ways. The kit comes with an Osmo Base for iPad or Fire, Tangram pieces, Numbers Tiles, Words Tiles, and Stackable storage. 

I'm very excited for Bailey to open this gift on Christmas morning to see that she has a more advanced kit for her to play and learn. What I love so much about Osmo and their interactive learning kits is that I can allow Bailey to have more screen time because I know that she's not only having a great time while playing, but she's learning as well. We know kids learn by doing, so each game uses physical action. Whether it’s arranging tangrams, zooming number tiles around, or even freehand drawing, Osmo sees and reacts to every real-live move.

There are five different activities for your kiddos to do with the Genius Starter Kit. Tangram is a timeless game reinvented using a fully interactive video experience. Playing Tangram is a great way to exercise spatial and visual problem-solving skills and will have your kiddos thinking with shapes! With the Tangram pieces included in your kit, you can create different shapes and forms. Animals, numbers humans, and more. 

Words are another activity your child can play on the Genius Starter kit and the more the merrier. They can definitely play alone, but with words, your entire family can get together and play when switched to the multi-player mode. There are over 150 puzzle images and endless new albums created by the community and if you and your child are feeling creative and want to participate, you can create and share your own Words album to the Osmo-community at myOsmo! 

Next is Newton. This is where Physics meets creative problem-solving. Your child can guide falling on-screen balls into the correct target. With 60 levels, Newton will challenge your child bouncing balls, accelerating platforms, and fans as your child advance each level. You can play with anything and everything. Start with a pen and paper, but also try objects like Osmo Tangram pieces or toys to help get the falling balls in the target. 

Masterpiece allows your child to take a picture of anything and Masterpiece will transform it into simple outlines so you can draw it to perfection. Kids can combine their love of technology and draw while learning useful skills. When their drawing is done, they can share an awesome time-lapse video of their work, which is always great to see. I can't wait for Bailey to try out Masterpiece. All of my kids absolutely love Art and love to create, so I think this is going to be one of her favourites. 

Last is Numbers, which lets kids learn through experimentation in a stress-free environment with real-time feedback. When kids get the idea that there are multiple good ways to solve a problem, math becomes creative and fun. I've seen this a lot throughout Bailey's grade one class. Her teacher does number talks every morning and puts up a problem for all of the kids to think and solve. There are no wrong answers, which is great for kids thinking out of the box. Letting them be creative with math makes it less stressful and gets them interested in wanting to explore math a bit more. 

I absolutely love Osmo and their many different kits for kids of all ages. I also love that there are tons of other games for you to download for your child to enjoy and add-on games that include your kiddos favourite characters. Last year we received the Disney Princess add-on and Bailey absolutely loved it. Knowing how much she loved it, we bought her the Frozen 2 add-on to enjoy and she's been loving both ever since. This year Santa bought her Disney's Incredible 2 add-on game that she will have to open when she opens up her Genius Starter Kit. 

Currently, Osmo is having a 30% wide sale on all of their items, so if you want to give the gift of interactive learning to a kid you know this holiday season, head over to Osmo! Osmo kits can also be purchased at the following stores: Best Buy, Indigo, Mastermind Toys, Amazon, and Apple (online only).

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


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