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Educational toys can help your kids learn new words, develop better math skills, and even grasp basic coding concepts.
Osmo’s educational kits are beautifully designed and employ the family tablet to engage your kids with thoughtful activities.
There’s the Osmo Coding Kit ($99.99), Osmo Genius Starter Kit + Family Game Night ($139.99), and Little Genius Starter Kit + Early Math ($119.99).

There’s lots of pressure on parents to encourage kids to learn, limit their screen time to worthy content, and help them develop new skills. While there are tons of educational toys, apps, and games that promise to ignite a passion in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subjects, or improve literacy in a fun way, few of them live up to those promises. Trust me, we have several languishing in the backs of closets.

Osmo’s thoughtfully designed educational kits are different. Employing the family tablet (iPad or Fire tablet) and combining physical pieces with onscreen games, this is fun learning at its best. Most of what’s in these kits is familiar, but Osmo recently bundled its coding games together with new durable pieces and unveiled fresh cooperative and competitive word and math games to encourage families to play together.

I’ve spent the last week testing three new kits with the help of my enthusiastic 8-year-old daughter and skeptical 11-year-old son.  Read on to see what we liked, and didn’t like, about them.

Design, specs, and setup

Each Osmo kit comes with a stand for an iPad or Amazon Fire tablet and a special top piece with a mirror that slides over the front-facing camera. This gives the tablet a view of the tabletop or floor in front of it where you’ll slide pieces into play. 

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There are different pieces in each kit. For example, the Coding Kit comes with plastic pieces that slot together magnetically and can be stacked to create commands. The Genius Kit features letter, number, and shape tiles. The Little Genius Kit has squiggly lines that can be put together to form letters, numbers, or shapes, and also a set of costume tiles.

Everything is well-made, durable, and temptingly tactile. The pieces are fun to play with and even the way they pack into the stackable boxes is satisfying. Each kit offers a different set of games that work with the kit’s included pieces.

To get started, I installed the Osmo World app which serves as a hub. 

Osmo Starter Coding Kit

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Source:: Business Insider


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