EGWs6uuBZ3pp-zGuVVdmeLgkJG4 Across the Avenue: 2021 Holiday Gift Guide: Osmo Little Genius Starter Kit #educationalgifts #braindevelopment #STEM

2021 Holiday Gift Guide: Osmo Little Genius Starter Kit #educationalgifts #braindevelopment #STEM

The Osmo Little Genius Starter Kit is one of the most exciting gift suggestions of the season for young kids! If you're looking for an option that allows your little ones to engage in screen time in a way that supports brain development and education, you're going to be impressed with this kit. With four different activities to choose from and more add-ons to purchase if you'd like, it's a super fun bundle that will keep kids entertained for quite some time. Between creating shapes and letters, following picture cues to dress characters, and moving them through ready-made stories, there's so much to do and learn. Set up on your iPad or Fire is super clear and it only takes minutes to download the apps and get started. We expect this kit to be a super popular item under the tree this year.

Why We Love It
Our kids get so excited to pull out the Osmo Little Genius Starter Kit. You can watch them use their critical thinking skills as they build letters, get creative with shapes, and experiment with clothes and colors, which turn into fun story creations. Honestly, even as an adult I was captivated by the way the camera recognizes the pieces that kids choose and place on the mat! It feels magical as the chosen pieces come to life in the Osmo animations. Finding a way to allow children to engage in meaningful screen time is such an amazing feeling and the laundry list of skills we can see them working on first-hand reinforces our love for this set. From spatial reasoning, critical thinking, language skills, fine motor skills, and social-emotional understanding, these activities are covering a lot of ground. Clean up and storage is really nice as well because the materials come in sturdy plastic containers with secure lids, so that the pieces aren't lost.

About the Kit
The Little Genius Starter Kit is designed for 3- to 5-year-olds and provides hands-on learning critical for development. With four different activities to choose from, it draws kids in and allows them to explore while building cognitive, creative, social and emotional skills. These activity apps include:

  •  ABCs - Kids use straight and curved pieces to form letters, which appear on the screen in a fun scene with our main character. The app allows you to set level of guidance and work with letters only, or objects that start with the letter sound as well. If the letter doesn't look quite right, they'll be instructed to try again and given tips on how to make it.

  • Squiggle Magic - This app activity brings out a lot of creativity and critical thinking as kids try to recreate shapes and characters. Once their shape is made, it's transported to the screen to move around in an interactive background scene. This one kept the kids busy for what seemed like hours!

  • Costume Party - One of our personal favorites, you'll get to dress up the boy in a variety of hats, shirts, and bottoms to create different characters that come to life on the screen. This is the activity that felt especially captivating!

  • Stories - Get ready to take those dressed up characters on a journey through the story with this app! Along the way, kids need to problem solve basic scenarios as they encounter obstacles such as how to wake up the bear to move on to the next of the story. (We chose to wake him up by playing a guitar!)

Check out this quick video to get a glimpse of the equipment and the fun that can be had!

Whether you're buying the Osmo Little Genius Starter Kit for your own kids or as a gift for others, parents and teachers alike are going to be thankful for this educational pick. Be sure to look into the Early Math Adventure option as well.

Where to Purchase
Head over to the Osmo site to browse the entire collection of Osmo kits and add-ons. Order directly from the site, online with Amazon, or find them at your big box stores like Walmart and Target. Grab them now so that you'll have them in time for the holidays!

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Disclaimer: The products in this post were provided by Osmo. As always, our posts are our own opinions.