Something that is now popular for kids is learning coding and games that get kids interactive beyond the tablet or screen. Osmo has a number of products that gets kids interacting and learning beyond just a screen.
What is Osmo?
Osmo is an award-winning game system that will change the way your child interacts with the iPad by opening it up to hands-on play.
Now you can play with your hands
Put your iPad in the Osmo base with the red reflector over the camera – and now it can see what’s in front of it.
Once such Osmo product is the Coding Game Kit. There are a number of Osmo kits available and kids will need a kit with the Osmo Game System included before purchasing any add on kits.
Here is a comparison of the Osmo kits…
Once you have a kit with the Osmo Gaming System, there are add on kits to expand the learning and play.
One such ad on set that I find interesting is the Osmo Creative Playset…
To get an idea of what your child can do with Osmo, here is a great video that shows Osmo in action…
There are a number of games that kids can play with Osmo and it does depend on the kit or ad on kits that are purchased.
Arrange wooden puzzle pieces to match on-screen shapes. Animals, objects, humans and more. Play with a friend or challenge yourself to increasingly more difficult levels as your handiwork lights up with each victory.
Bring your drawings to life! Each item you draw for Mo will be magically pulled into his world. Together create animated activities to share with family and friends.
Add, count and multiply the tiles to match the numbers on the bubbles. Popping enough bubbles will free the fish and unleash a storm of lightning and thunder! Big or small, even or odd, will you become the Numbers Master?
Osmo Coding uses hands-on physical blocks to control Awbie, a playful character who loves delicious strawberries. Each block is a coding command that directs Awbie on a wondrous tree-shaking, strawberry-munching adventure.
Unleash your inner artist! Pick an image from the camera, web or curated gallery and Masterpiece will transform it into easy-to-follow lines, helping you create beautiful drawings.
Make pizza… grow your profit! Quickly cook pizza & calculate change using topping & money tiles. Invest profits to upgrade your shop or open new locations as you bake your way to becoming “the big cheese”!
Guess and spell the on-screen image. Team up or compete in-person with friends or family to see who will get their letter in first! Download free content like trivia, geography or upload your own like family names. The possibilities are endless!
Newton works with any object or drawing – Mum’s keys, hand-drawn basket, even toys you already own. Simply place the object/drawing in front of the screen and manipulate it to guide the falling balls into the target zones.
Osmo has won a number of awards, such as the following:
Osmo is rated for kids ages 5 to 12 years old.
Please keep in mind that Osmo does not work on Android devices. Osmo is designed for Apple products and is compatible with the following:
You just need an iPad with a camera. Osmo is compatible with: iPad 2, iPad (3rd Generation), iPad (4th Generation), iPad Mini, iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 4, iPad Air, iPad Air 2 and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro.
We are exploring support for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, but there are no plans for the near future. Osmo does not work with Android-based tablets.
Please also note that the Osmo Apps do accommodate the following languages: English, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, and Traditional Chinese. However, the tiles for the Words game currently only include English alphabet letters.
Osmo is apparently being added in schools as well as per the Osmo website.
To order Osmo, you can order directly from the Osmo online store. If you order by December 9th, 2016 Osmo indicates that your package is guaranteed to arrive by Christmas.
To find out more about Osmo, visit them here…