With technology such a huge part of our child’s education it is important that we still introduce non-technical ways of learning like building blocks, reading a book, or educational board games. Osmo for iPad combines traditional gameplay with technology to create a fun and interactive way of learning. When I told Honey we had a fun iPad game coming she was excited to give it a try. I knew by researching Osmo beforehand that she was going to love it.
Osmo for iPad in Action
Osmo comes with a base that you insert your iPad into and latch on the reflective piece to the camera eye so that it can watch what you are doing. Yes, your iPad is going to watch your actions and recognize what you are doing (how cool right?). We played with a few of the games, all free downloads in the app store.
Arrange tangible puzzle pieces into matching on‑screen shapes. Play with a friend or challenge yourself to more advanced levels as your handy‑work lights up with each victory.
Be the first to guess and spell out the on‑screen hidden word by tossing down real‑life letters faster than your friends. A related picture gives the clue.
Honey tried out both of these games and she enjoyed them both. I asked her which game she preferred and she couldn’t choose she liked them both the same she said. Each game comes with different levels and gets harder. Even I had a hard time with the Words game trying to guess what the picture was. For example, there was a girl with a magnifying glass looking at a caterpillar on a bed of leaves. We tried many things but the answer ended up being “girl” which was not the focus of the photo. So when I say it can get challenging trust me it can get challenging. The way this game works is with letter tiles that you place in front of the iPad to spell the word. You can play by yourself or with a friend.
With the Tangram game, it becomes more challenging with they remove the color. However, Osmo does recognize if you are having problems and flashes hints quickly to give you an idea of what block you need next. This game really challenges your ability to connect the blocks in a way to create the photo.
My only dislike is that I have to take my iPad out of its case to use the game. I am deathly afraid of exposing my iPad so my daughter is only allowed to play when I’m around to make sure there is no bumps or falls. I understand the need for the iPad to be in the base and the case has to be removed so the reflection piece will fit properly I just don’t like it LOL.
Note: Works with latest iPads, including iPad2, iPad mini