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There is a lot of pressure on parents to encourage kids to learn, limit their screen time to worthy content, and help them develop new skills. While there are tons of educational toys, apps, and games that promise to spark a passion for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subjects or improve literacy in a fun way, few between them keep these promises. Believe me, we have several that are languishing in the back of the cupboard.
Osmo’s carefully designed educational kits are different. Using the family tablet (iPad or Fire tablet) and combining physical parts with on-screen games, this is fun learning at its best. Most of the items in these kits are familiar, but Osmo recently bundled their coding games with new, durable parts and unveiled new cooperative and competitive word and math games to encourage families to play together.
I spent the last week testing three new kits with the help of my enthusiastic 8 year old daughter and skeptical 11 year old son. Read on to see what we liked and disliked about them.