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This past year, our school created an Maker Space for the students to tinker, design and create. We have hands-on materials as well as programs and learning games such as Osmo.
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and STEM products encourage kids to develop core skills in these areas. I watched my five year olds play with it in school and loved seeing how focused they were using the variety of games. Now, I love seeing my daughter use the games to promote critical thinking at home. This will be perfect for summer enrichment.
Pictured above is the Osmo Genius Kit and the just released Osmo Jam.
To get started with Osmo, all you need is the Genius Kit and an iPad. Visit www.playosmo.com/getstarted and follow the instructions.
The Genius Kit is anAward-winning hands-on game system that fosters creativity & problem solving skills. It come 5 downloadable apps: Include Words, Tangram, Newton and Masterpiece and Numbers so your child can enjoy interactive play that encourages creative thinking and social interaction.
Tangram is played by positioning the wooden puzzle pieces on the table and matching them to the puzzle shown on the screen. Did you know that tangram activities are used to measure IQ too?
After my daughter took a turn, I played too and you have to be precise when you put your pieces down. I loved the challenge.
There are four levelss of difficulties, from easy (yellow) to harder (purple). As a beginner, we loved how the Osmo can track where you are putting your piece and it knows when you have successfully put it in the correct place.
With 5 downloadable aps, there are so many different activities to enjoy.
My daughter also like learning how to play the games with Words. I love that it is not just a game on the screen but also hands-on using the letter manipulatives to spell new words.
In addition to your favorite electronics and appliances, Best Buy carries products from basic learning games to advanced toys designed to stimulate a child’s mind in the STEM areas, helping to develop logic and problem solving skills.
Osmo Genuis retails for $99.99 and the new Osmo Jam: is $59.99