To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. It also analyses reviews to verify trustworthiness.
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.
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.
I really liked the idea of these activities and the tactile, inter-activeness that Osmo does. However, the games are kind of limited, boring and slow (even for a 3 year-old). It is not really an age thing as he can do some of the older child set activities that we have for his brother, so it is not an understanding thing, it is an attention thing (boring). Hopefully in the future they update the programs because I think there is a lot of potential here. I also wish these games had more directions for children to follow so that they could do it more easily and independently at this age, but it does keep me involved in what they are doing which isn't a bad thing (my child can play board games so directions is not usually something we are too concerned with).
My child really enjoys the stories activity, but the squiggles is fun only in short spurts because it is boring (even though this was the reason I bought is). For the stories activity, I wish they included more characters and pieces - it could have been really nice. Due to the nature of these activities, I removed one star. The work pad provided by Osmo is great and of high quality and a must have for all activities.
There is a parent app that is not all that great, and their app to download and use the activities is so-so and semi-confusing. I did not pay full price - I would not recommend paying full price - but for a deal like I got, it is an okay purchase and we use it frequently so I am glad we purchased it (especially with isolation going on). It is fine, but really could have been excellent, and I hope in the future they make it so. I will keep an eye out for other activities in the future.
So far so good! We bought this for our 3 year old, for the holidays. Hubby and I played with it last night and it seems to be a good product, thus far. I wish the game pieces for the costume game were a little more sturdy, as they’re made from a thick cardboard, and I’m not sure how well they’ll stand up to a 3 YO’s playing, but overall, I’m happy with the product itself. I plan on updating once our little guy starts to play.
This was our first osmo product and I found it to be well designed. I was impressed at how accurate osmo was able to “read” the pieces placed in front of it. However, I got it for my 4 year old, and the included games weren’t challenging enough, as she can write and recognize her letters. I would have preferred an alphabet game that allowed the player to write out letters rather than trying to make them using tiles, as that doesn’t transfer to real life as accurately. The costume party game is basically a high tech puzzle, so not really something I would want her to play with regularly, as opposed to a physical puzzle. Overall, although I think osmo is a great product, the little genius starter kit wasn’t for us.
I got this for my 3 year old daugther and she has been playing like an hour a day, I have to say this is really creative and one of a kind game for kids, I am all about learning toys for kids, this is a mix of fun and education, I love the fact that they are not just in a screen but they interact and do stuff with their hands, I wish it had more games for this age, because kids can easily get bored of the same! I still think is the best resource for learning when a tablet is involved! Not a 5 star yet it needs to be a little improved!
I bought this for my 4 year old daughter. The ABC app that goes along with the stick pieces is educational and has a great aim, but my daughter does lose interest in the particular app after only 15 minutes or so. However the squiggle app that you use the stick pieces with is loads of fun and can keep her entertained for a solid hour! The 2 costume apps are cute, but the storybook adventure one does not always work correctly. It could use some tweaking for sure! Overall though we are happy with our purchase and would recommend this product, especially if you can catch it at the sale price like we did!
I got this on sale and I’m glad I did. I don’t think it’s worth the full price. My 3 yr old son loves some of of the games but I wish they allowed for more free creativity. The costume game forces you to make a specific character and if you try to create what you want the character gets mad or starts to cry. It’s frustrating for my son who just wants to create fun characters.
I ordered this for my 4 year old granddaughter during COVID-19. Amazon delivered it very quickly. Apparently, it was a bit of a pain to set up, which is why I am giving it 4 stars. However, once they set it up, my granddaughter loved it! Her parents love it too. It’s educational, she needs to use hand-eye skills and she’s doing it while having fun too. I haven’t seen it because they live in a different state, but so far, it’s a great addition to her educational toys.