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If you are looking for an awesome educational toy for your kids, you have got to look into the Osmo Genius Kit for iPads. Osmo sent us a set to try out and we have had such a great time playing and learning with them! This set would make an incredible Christmas gift for your kids, if you are still looking for the right thing.
What is the Osmo Genius Kit?
Osmo Genius Kit is a set of learning tools that you use alongside the Osmo apps on the iPad. They are recommended for kids aged 6-10, but even my 12 and 15-year olds have fun using them! They combine hands-on-learning with high-tech learning in such a cool way.
The games all have varying levels for different ages of learners. This is great because I have a few kids wanting to play with it. They can each set up their own account and play with it at their level.
The Osmo Genius Kit comes with the following:
- 5 iPad apps: Numbers, Tangram, Words, Newton, and Masterpiece
- The base to place the iPad in as well as the reflector piece that goes over the camera.
- Letter tiles to go along with the Osmo words game. The set has lower case and upper case letters to use when spelling over 150 words.
- Number tiles to go along with the numbers game that helps kids practice addition, subtraction, and multiplication.
- A set of Tangram tiles to go along with the Tangram app with over 500 different shape puzzles. You can set this one to different levels- easier showing all of the colors and shapes, and harder with the image all in black.
East of the Osmo Genius Kit sets comes in a small stack-able box making it easy to store and keep track of all of the little pieces. I love this because it helps my kids keep things in order easily!
Watch it in action:
How to Play with the Osmo Genius Kit
Here comes the awesome part! Osmo has created a reflective piece that goes over the camera. This makes it so that it picks up all of your movement and the game pieces in the app. It then reflects it on the the screen to make it interact with the games. It’s really quite incredible!
The Newton and Masterpiece games, which require no extra pieces, just paper and pen, work entirely by drawing lines.
Newton is a game where you are trying to get balls into specific places, all by drawing lines to guide the balls.
Masterpiece helps you learn to draw pictures. You can take pictures of objects and it converts it into simpler lines so you can learn to draw it! Super fun! I didn’t snap a picture of that one, but you can see examples of it on their website.