The kids and I were recently gifted some cool products from Osmo to test out. We were already massive fans of Osmo, having used the Genius Kit many times at our friend’s house before and recently at the recent Play World Australia event.
Osmo is a clever play system that teaches kids coding, maths, language and art while they have fun. This great STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Maths) product is lots of fun for little and big kids from 4 to 12 years although little Mister 3 had lots of fun trying them out too.
We were gifted the Osmo Creative Kit and the Coding Awbie Game. The Osmo Creative Kit comes a fuzzy pouch/eraser, six Yoobi dry-erase markers, the creative white board and the Osmo base which lets you use the Monster app with the kit along with the Masterpiece and Newton apps. The Coding Awbie Game comes with coding blocks which lets you take a cute Awbie friend on walks, jumps and lets him eat strawberries and build a world in a magical world.
Little Miss first tested out Osmo Creative Kit. The Osmo base includes a little gadget which lets your iPad ‘see’ what you draw on the creative board. Kids are taken on a journey with their onscreen friend Monster. They are asked to draw a balloon as a first task and then asked if they want to go on a journey to do a magical show, draw a kitchen/bedroom and more. Instructions are quite easy to follow and even little Mister had a go at the game and loved it.
The Osmo Monster app and Creative Kit are both amazing in regards to creativity but are also great for literacy. Little Miss liked following the prompts, draw what Monster asked her to draw and copying the writing on the screen.
We also tested Coding Awbie Game which is an excellent game to help kids understand the concept of coding. As technology evolves everyday, experts say that by the time our children finish school, they will be exposed to technologies that don’t even exist currently. This is why the sudden push towards encouraging children towards STEAM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths). Girls especially are encouraged to participate in STEAM fields as they are outnumbered by boys. A great example is little Miss’ coding class where she is the only girl in her class. When I completed my degree in IT, we were only 3 girls in our degree and by honours year I was the only girl. I was hoping things would change in 12 years but we still need to help girls take part in those fields.
Little Miss already takes coding class after school every week however she hadn’t tried the Coding Awbie Game before. It comes with easy to use coding blocks which represent coding sequences like walk straight away for 5 steps (as shown below) and a play button to execute the sequence. The kit also comes with various other sequences like run, jump and other special sequences/commands which all ‘click’ together by the use of magnets and swivel buttons. Help from the app is provided at the start and phase out to let children make their own decisions.
Little Miss loved the Osmo Creative Kit and Coding Awbie Game and so did her brother even though he is 3 he still had a go and loved those games. We featured a video of little Miss using the Coding Awbie Game on Instragram which is lots of fun which can be viewed here. Having tested both products and received lots of great feedback from both kids and they haven’t stopped playing with them, we highly recommend them.
Busy City Kids were asked to review these two Osmo products, these were gifted to us for the purpose of the review however no sponsored payment was provided. As always, our opinions and comments are our own and we only endorse businesses and products we believe in. Read more in my Disclosure Policy here.
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