I’ve come to the realization that iPads and other devices are here to stay and that technology is just going to get better and better, so why not truly utilize what we have! My children us iPads at school on a regular basis and it has become a great learning tool for them when given the best resources. At home, we limit our kids time on the iPads when it comes to games and watching movies, but I am all for them using them for learning purposes. There are so many great apps out there for our little ones to learn from and I love how interactive they are, and also so fun! So, when I came across the Play Osmo Genius Kit, I was so excited to give it a go. The iPad is utilized when using this kit, but there are also 3 separate kits that come with pieces for them to use…Words, Numbers, and Tangram. There are also two separate programs called Newton and Masterpiece, which my older kids just love.
I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to put the kit together. All you do is put your iPad in the base, attach the reflector to the top of the iPad, and then download the apps on to your iPad. So easy! The Words, Numbers, and Tangram come with pieces…letters, numbers, and shapes…that you use for each “game”. Our favorite has been the Tangram puzzle, which wasn’t surprising knowing that my kids love puzzles already! Once you go into the Tangram app, you are able to choose what shape you want to put together. Then the screen displays the shape that you chose, and you have to put it together with your pieces. I really love the fact that there are different levels of difficulty for each of my kids to choose from. My 9 year old did the most difficult level, and it really got his brain moving to figure out how the pieces fit together. I also loved how my 3 year old was able to use the Tangram puzzle, although it was hard for her to figure it out at first. BUT, once she figured it out, she was hooked! She got so excited when she got the pieces in the correct spot and the screen lite up and played a pretty chime to let her know that she was doing it correctly! So fun!
The words and numbers have been a great learning tool as well for my kids and I feel like they have learned from it already.
Now, my 7 year old is the artist in the family, so she was hooked to the Masterpiece program. You are able to pick what picture that you want to draw on the screen, then you put down a white piece of paper and use a pen as you trace the picture from the iPad to the paper. You look at the screen as you go…it is awesome! Kind of hard to explain and I have never seen anything like it.
So, if you are looking for a fun way to utilize your iPad for learning for your kids, check out Play Osmo at www.playosmo.com. You will not regret it!