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I had to grab this new kit before school starts up again so that our streaming video service can get a rest haha. My kids are 6 and 4 now and we've had the Genius Kit for a few years already. They enjoy all those games but aside from Monsters the other games are difficult for them to use without help.
This Little Genius kit is much better for both of them, perfect for the last years of pre-school/pre-K and K. So far it seems that they can play the games independently, or with my oldest helping her younger brother. It reminds me a lot of the activities they've been doing in "school" the last few years. Also this is something we could bring with us on vacation because there are fewer little parts and pieces that could get lost compared to the Genius kit.
As always with Osmo the pieces are high quality and cute and well packaged. I wouldn't expect any less for the price point but good to be reassured that they are still making a good product.
I'm a huge fan of the Osmo ecosystem. Our son loves the different games and we have the bases for multiple platforms from other kits we've bought over the years (Kindle Fire, IPad). This particular kit is brand new, includes an IPad base, includes silicon shapes, and costume pieces for use with the associated games. It was neat to read they partnered with Marbotic, a French company, as I've used their Smart Numbers and Smart Letters product / games with my IPad previously and really love them for learning.
The materials themselves seem high quality and the silicon pieces do not seem the sort to easily break from heavy use. The costume pieces are varied and the mat you place things on is made of a nice material.
As for the games themselves they seem alright:
ABCs (4/5): You are shown letters which you then can create using the silicon pieces. The letters shown have colors so it's pretty straightforward for figuring out the best pieces to use once kids get the hang of it. My three year old had fun doing this and was able to make the letters pretty easily without issue. If you get the letter close to what it looks like the avatar gets excited and tells you that looks good but if you fail it only gives you a generic message. I guess the intent is to enforce the good and not punish the negative but once my son realized he could put anything there his mischievous side surfaced and he stopped following the directions creating all sorts of random shapes laughing his head off. I still think it's a good game but I wish it had better structure for showing the correct representation or some form of grading for how close he is so he can strive for a goal there.
Squiggle Magic (5/5): This game reminds me of the creative games Osmo has. You can make pretty much anything using the silicon pieces and it'll be treated like the item you were asked to make. I think this is a positive here as this app is more about self expression than meeting some defined goal (like the letters above). You're given tasks to accomplish which, after doing a certain number, unlock new areas to head to. One for example was some underwater area and tasked my son with creating lots of creatures which moved around somewhat after they were added. My son, of course, went mischievous mode and created all sorts of sea life abominations but he did so with a big grin and lots of laughter so I think it was a huge success here.
Costume Party (3/5): Another neat game. You dress characters up for a party and can configure colors, etc. My son wasn't really interested in this game as he found the others to be more involved. Personally I feel like this game may have been added to justify the addition of the costume pieces as perhaps they felt the stories app wasn't enough of a use case. The stories app is the place where the dress up is of more use.
Stories (4/5): Stories is an interesting game as you are tasked with helping your character through some struggles they encounter in a given narrative. One story for example required the use of the boat feet costume piece to cross some water. Other interactions involve both placing the clothing piece down and then touching some aspect of it on the app itself to trigger its response. For example you may be required to scare something away so you go grab the helmet with a cat on top, put it as your characters hat, and then single tap the cat to activate it. I feel it encourages creativity and problem solving skills. The costumes are pretty varied as well which is nice. My only dislike about the app was that sometimes it felt a bit slow with the transitions between each task.
In general my 3 year old loved the little kit and I wasn't disappointed by it. I do feel like the older kid genius kit comes with more value for what you spend but I don't feel ripped off either. I feel like it's a solid kit that would be a definite recommendation if they could find additional uses for the pieces here and if they improve on some of the experiences in the apps themselves. I'd recommend it if you are looking for an entry into the Osmo ecosystem though as it's a good place to start with kids.
Got this for my 4 year old niece who is glued to her iPad. I wanted her to have a more active way to play with it. Osmo's Little Genius fits the bill. So far she's loving the squiggles and ABC games, and I like that it takes action OFF the screen to play. Also nice that it kinda bridges a gap between kiddo's desire to draw/write and the fined tuned motor skills necessary to do so that don't come along til later. The pieces all seem well constructed and durable. Just a matter of keeping them in the little containers Osmo provides.
This product is a lifesaver! The little ones can be endlessly entertained and I don’t feel guilty because they are learning! We haven’t turned the T.V. on once since we got this. I am looking forward to taking this with us to grandma’s house and on plane trips. The portability factor is really great! Quality and design of all the game pieces is very high. My husband is really impressed with the graphics. This is now my go-to gift for all the littles in my life!
I am so excited that there is an Osmo kit geared for ages 3-5! My 4 year old son, has watched my 7 and 9 year olds enjoy other Osmo games and he is excited to have games of his own.
When we opened the box, he was immediately drawn to the colored sticks & rings and wanted to build with them (I hope we will be able to keep track of all of the pieces). He played Squiggle Magic first. It does require some prompting and he did get frustrated at times because he didn’t know how to create what they were asking. Eventually, it didn’t bother him and he just had fun creating what he thought it should look like. He loved seeing it pop up on the screen!
Out of the 3 games that come with this kit , he was most engaged with Squiggle Magic and the Costume Party carried his attention the least. I think with more time that will change. I am still most excited about the alphabet game and the other two are bonuses.
One thing to note is the iPad barely fits in the holder. It doesn’t feel like it is secure and Would fit better further down in the stand.
I have been trying to limit his screen time, but now I feel so much better that when he does go on he has interactive play with a learning focus. He has already asked about going on Osmo again and it’s only been a couple of hours!
Update: As I read in a previous review, I am disappointed that the game does not correct my son when he builds a letter incorrectly. I hope that is an update they will consider so that it reinforces the correct letter formations.
Once again, Osmo lives up to the expectations. Amazing product which keeps my two and a half year old engaged with the words, letters and stories which she loves. Though we have been reading alphabet books to my daughter, this one allows her to go on the learning journey herself. I felt the idea has been making her more confident about trying things on her own since she is seeing the response from Mo encouraging. Really liked the part where Mo just doesn't stop with showing the letters but make them narrate it and then make them do an item which starts with the letter. Though at times, it becomes a little complex for 2 years old. We also loved the idea of the stories game where you can clearly see the child getting used to following instructions- a very important skill set kids of this age needs to build. Looking forward to see more stories in the database soon. Over all truly a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5 star) product from Osmo. Will highly recommend to all your little geniuses. At $79.99, it's a steal. Also please ensure you sit with your child in the first few times and explain them how to learn from it and then see how they pick up from there. You need to be their first teacher 🙂
This is a great product for pre-schoolers who are learning their ABCs or looking to build on creativity and fine motor skills. Like all Osmo products it combines the fun of physical play with the magic of technology to encourage learning. Everything is so well thought through / well made and easy to get going. We have other Osmo products and this is a great addition to the system for younger kids. The use of the proven stick and rings method of learning combined with augmented vision technology is incredible. Well done Osmo.
I love how the creators of Osmo figures out how to incorporate physical movement of items along with the screen time. It’s very interactive. I took away 1 star because it will not work if you have a case. We have a very slim thin case and it still doesn’t work with it, so we have to remove the case but then it’s at risk for breaking. I removed another star because I’m not a big fan of the characters saying “magic”. Instead of giving credit to magic when a child completes something, the credit should go to the child. Also, it’s not like they just say it once or twice...every other word is “magic” or “magical” the entire time, so it just becomes super annoying. I’m hoping Osmo comes out with new games for this age group that we can try.
I am updating my review. Changed from 1 star to 3 star because I finally received an email from their support group who said they unlocked my account. No explanation was given. It's still frustrating that they do not provide phone contact for trouble shooting. Instead I had to resort to sending numerous emails before finally getting some help. My grandson (3yo) does find some of the games fun even though they are difficult. I think he is showing some improvement. I'm happy to get it working again. I think this will be a good learning tool for my grand children. As they get older, this may deserve another star, because the kids may benefit from being able to do more of the advanced programs. Difficult to set up. Not clear what games are included. The phone app is terrible. My grandchild enjoyed the basic games once I figured out which ones are active. Was really difficult initially trying to figure out which package was appropriate for his age 3yo. Now a little more than a month since purchase, I have been locked out and told my trial period is over. This is outrages!!!. One month trial of four simple learning games cost $80.00!!!. Thought It was a learning program . Plus I bought a sampler to determine if he was able to play some additional games. Nothing works. Get same message. Unable to find any kind of a help number to call to find out if that's all I get for my purchase or trouble shoot. Instead I get a pop-up that wants me to take a picture of my purchase and send, they'll contact me in one business day!. Well my grand son is here now and wants to play not tomorrow.