Osmo - Little Genius Starter Kit for iPad - 4 Educational Learning Games - Ages 3-5 - Phonics & Creativity - STEM Toy (Osmo iPad Base Included)
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- OSMO IS MAGIC: Award-winning learning games let your child interact with tangible educational toys and an iPad, bringing their actions to life. A hands-on learning adventure awaits your little genius (No WiFi necessary for game play). An Osmo Base is included, an iPad is not included, both are required for game play.
- TEACHING: Little Genius Starter Kit includes fun preschool learning toys that will transform how your child learns. The 4 educational games in the kit will help your child recognize letters and learn phonics (ABCs), develop pre-drawing skills (Squiggle Magic), identify social-emotional cues, and experiment with clothes and colors (Costume Party), and develop problem-solving skills (Stories).
- SKILLS LEARNED: 4 educational games - your child will develop creativity, imagination, fine motor skills, verbal proficiency, empathy, and spatial reasoning. These interactive learning games teach core subjects in the most innovative way possible.
- AGE & CAPABILITY: Designed for ages 3-5. Educational games engage preschoolers in core subjects by merging tactile exploration with innovative technology. Beyond fostering creativity and cognitive skills, these educational toys help your child learn in a stress-free environment with instant feedback and encouragement.
- WHAT'S IN THE BOX: Osmo Base & Reflector for iPad, 19 cardboard pretend play costume pieces, 38 silicone sticks/rings (BPA Free and Dishwasher Safe) to practice letter forming, silicone game play mat, stackable storage for game pieces & 4 Game Apps: ABCs, Costume Party, Stories, and Squiggle Magic.
- COMPATIBILITY FOR IPAD: All iPads except Generation 1, iPad Air 4, iPad Pro 11-inch and iPad Pro 12.9-inch. The minimum iOS version needed is iOS 10.
- Skill Level: Beginner
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Osmo is Magic
Little Genius Starter Kit for iPad
Get started with 4 hands-on learning games for a magical, educational adventure! Ships with an Osmo Base & reflector for iPad.
(iPad not included)
Ways To Learn
Build letters with squishy, colorful Sticks & Rings for preschoolers/pre-readers. Learn over 300 words and practice 50+ different phonics sounds.
Create anything you want using Sticks & Rings and then watch them come to life.
Experiment with clothes & colors to make party outfits - gender neutral character. Then watch characters react.
Mix and Match costumes to find silly solutions to obstacles & navigate adventures.
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What is Osmo?
Osmo makes hands-on learning games in which players use objects in the real world to interact with the digital world shown on their iPad or Fire tablets. Children playing Osmo have so much fun they don't realize they are learning.
How does Osmo work?
Osmo games are designed to work with an iPad or Fire Tablet. Children move at their own pace through as many as 500 puzzles or levels & can adjust the difficulty settings. Osmo games ship with the game essentials. No WiFi is necessary for game play.
What makes Osmo toys good for children?
Children learn best through play. Combining tangible game pieces with an interactive game fires up a child’s imagination, inspires dreams and builds confidence and real-life skills.
How do children play with Osmo?
Osmo merges tactile exploration with innovative technology, actively engaging children in the learning process. Educational games are great for at home or classroom learning and provides the flexibility for children to play together or independently.
How does Osmo compare with other toys?
Osmo products are unique in that they provide meaningful gameplay which inspires learning. These hands-on learning games fuse digital gameplay and physical interaction to create fun and healthy play experiences designed for all children.
The preschool entry product into the Osmo universe, the Little Genius Starter Kit for iPad includes everything your child needs to experience - hands-on learning and digital fun in four different ways through 4 games. We know kids learn by doing, so each game uses physical action. Engage preschoolers in core subjects and spark imaginations (ABCs, Squiggle Magic, Costume Party & Stories). From pre-reading to problem-solving skills, these games will inspire a new generation of active learners. Osmo games bring a child's creative imagination to life with hand held pieces that interact with an iPad and an Osmo Base (No WiFi necessary for game play). The Little Genius Starter Kit for iPad ships with an Osmo iPad Base. Approved by parents and teachers worldwide, used in over 31, 000 classrooms.
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Still thinks we have the tutu on the character.
There is no number practice, only letters, and I wish there were more learning - phonics, and as I said, numbers, colors, etc. I think this is a good first attempt but I think there is a lot that can be improved. Scripts and character development, more attention to detail, and some additional games not requiring more to buy. This is pretty expensive for what we got. I pay less for Marco Polo for a year and feel like I get more value out of that.
This Little Genius kit is much better for both of them, perfect for the last years of pre-school/pre-K and K. So far it seems that they can play the games independently, or with my oldest helping her younger brother. It reminds me a lot of the activities they've been doing in "school" the last few years. Also this is something we could bring with us on vacation because there are fewer little parts and pieces that could get lost compared to the Genius kit.
As always with Osmo the pieces are high quality and cute and well packaged. I wouldn't expect any less for the price point but good to be reassured that they are still making a good product.
Anyways, highly recommend for 3-6yrs age group!
The materials themselves seem high quality and the silicon pieces do not seem the sort to easily break from heavy use. The costume pieces are varied and the mat you place things on is made of a nice material.
As for the games themselves they seem alright:
ABCs (4/5): You are shown letters which you then can create using the silicon pieces. The letters shown have colors so it's pretty straightforward for figuring out the best pieces to use once kids get the hang of it. My three year old had fun doing this and was able to make the letters pretty easily without issue. If you get the letter close to what it looks like the avatar gets excited and tells you that looks good but if you fail it only gives you a generic message. I guess the intent is to enforce the good and not punish the negative but once my son realized he could put anything there his mischievous side surfaced and he stopped following the directions creating all sorts of random shapes laughing his head off. I still think it's a good game but I wish it had better structure for showing the correct representation or some form of grading for how close he is so he can strive for a goal there.
Squiggle Magic (5/5): This game reminds me of the creative games Osmo has. You can make pretty much anything using the silicon pieces and it'll be treated like the item you were asked to make. I think this is a positive here as this app is more about self expression than meeting some defined goal (like the letters above). You're given tasks to accomplish which, after doing a certain number, unlock new areas to head to. One for example was some underwater area and tasked my son with creating lots of creatures which moved around somewhat after they were added. My son, of course, went mischievous mode and created all sorts of sea life abominations but he did so with a big grin and lots of laughter so I think it was a huge success here.
Costume Party (3/5): Another neat game. You dress characters up for a party and can configure colors, etc. My son wasn't really interested in this game as he found the others to be more involved. Personally I feel like this game may have been added to justify the addition of the costume pieces as perhaps they felt the stories app wasn't enough of a use case. The stories app is the place where the dress up is of more use.
Stories (4/5): Stories is an interesting game as you are tasked with helping your character through some struggles they encounter in a given narrative. One story for example required the use of the boat feet costume piece to cross some water. Other interactions involve both placing the clothing piece down and then touching some aspect of it on the app itself to trigger its response. For example you may be required to scare something away so you go grab the helmet with a cat on top, put it as your characters hat, and then single tap the cat to activate it. I feel it encourages creativity and problem solving skills. The costumes are pretty varied as well which is nice. My only dislike about the app was that sometimes it felt a bit slow with the transitions between each task.
In general my 3 year old loved the little kit and I wasn't disappointed by it. I do feel like the older kid genius kit comes with more value for what you spend but I don't feel ripped off either. I feel like it's a solid kit that would be a definite recommendation if they could find additional uses for the pieces here and if they improve on some of the experiences in the apps themselves. I'd recommend it if you are looking for an entry into the Osmo ecosystem though as it's a good place to start with kids.
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Got the kit but the Fire tablet doesn't fit because the webcam is along the landscape side not portrait! The latest Kids HD8 tablet requires an adapter which Amazon don't sell, you have to go direct to Osmo for and is another £15 which is shipped overseas. So thats going to take ages to come along. No mention of this anywhere, really disappointed.
Came all complete as new! Excellent Value for Money.
It's going to be a birthday present so the child hasn't used it, but we have another Osmo for iPad so we know it's a good learning tool.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 26, 2020