The moment I saw the Osmo iPad game, I knew I wanted to take a closer look. I’ve always chosen my kids’ toys based on educational value, and whether they promoted creative thinking. I carefully selected educational computer games for them, and they loved figuring things out and solving puzzles as they played. They didn’t even realize they were learning, but I did.
Nowadays, kids are on their iPads all the time, so choosing apps is as important as choosing toys. That’s why the Osmo iPad game pretty much blew my mind when I played it for the first time. Osmo uses the device’s camera and screen together for fun puzzles that promote learning and creativity, and it brings reality and the virtual world together in an unbelievable way!
Osmo iPad Game
The Osmo iPad game comes with a stand for the iPad and a reflector that rests on top of the camera . It allows the camera to see the surface in front of the tablet.
It also includes game pieces for the Tangram app and Words app, both of which can be downloaded from the iTunes store. Newton is a third available game app, but playing pieces come from the player!
The Tangram game involves arranging Tangram pieces to form the onscreen picture. Puzzles start out easy, but get increasingly more difficult as you progress. The game really gets you thinking!
In the game of Words, your challenge is to solve a word puzzle based on a picture, and the pictures are beautiful! It reminds me a lot of Hangman because the app lets you know if you’ve guessed an incorrect letter, but in Words, there is no stick figure hanging punishment.
The words become more difficult to guess, and they can even provide a challenge for older players.
I should mention that all of these games can be played with friends! My favorite to play with others was the Words game. Each player gets either red letters or blue letters and you race to put your letter tiles down and solve the puzzle as quickly as you can. Points are awarded to whomever puts out letters the fastest.
In this video I played around with the Words and Tangram games, so you can get an idea of how they work.
The Newton game allows you to draw or use objects to bounce on-screen balls to the goal. The camera will also pick up any object you place on your surface and recreate it on your screen! This particular app doesn’t need specific game pieces to play.
Just draw on a white piece of paper, and have fun adding objects!
You can find more information and buy Osmo here! (Free shipping)
One lucky person will win the Osmo starter kit(ARV $79)
Review and giveaway items provided by Osmo. All opinions are my own.