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I bought this for my niece who loves drawing and sketching. Monster Game take the kids through a journey where the character Mo takes kid's help in setting up his home, doing activities etc. Each activity involves the kid sketching something to help Mo. For example, drawing a bed on which Mo can sleep. I felt it is a great way to teach kids about things around them especially ones who are interested in drawing. Mo is always gentle and never discourages the kids even if sketches are not consistent with what he asks, which I felt is a great thing. Kids of this age cannot be taught by telling them by what is wrong, they learn the best through motivation and through reiterating what is right again and again. This is what the game does, it repeats the right thing through hints to kids multiple times eventually taking the kid to the right outcome. Kudos to Osmo for thinking it through. Note to parents, please play with your kids for the first time; your commentary on activities can really help the kids use it better.
Item cannot be returned. That is a key input to buying decisions and should be highlighted on the page - Amazon is better than that. As for the manufacturer - designing a kids' product such that it cannot be returned via Amazon because it contains "gases" tells you all you need to know about them.
Buyer beware, can’t return on Amazon. Was told by Amazon to contact the manufacturer. Total waste of money. Only one of the three games is worth while. The drawing game is incredibley difficult for younger kids and the pinball game has no educational value whatsoever. The monster game is fun but only works correctly half the time. The camera fails to read the drawings on the white board.
I was an early adopter of Osmo, my kid has been playing off and on for a solid 3 years. We got the original iPad stand and the dry erase board. We also have several of the add-on games like Detective and Coding. So I was very excited to see the upgrade.
The new base's construction is so much better! The old one was just a fancy wavy piece of plastic with an attachment that was clearly just a mirror. The new base is much sturdier, they added some sort of silicone or rubber so the iPad doesn't slide around, and the mirror attachment is easier for my kid to figure out because it has the Osmo logo on the front now.
The board is also a really nice upgrade - the old board had dry-erase type coating (but it's NOT dry erase) on one side and a faux wood on the other. It was thick and unnecessarily bulky. Putting it and the base in a packpack took up 1/2 the packpack. The board was also hard to use Masterpiece on because if you want to draw on paper (and not the dry erase board), there was no way to keep the paper in place without tape. The new board is slimmer, less bulky, and now has a silicone band at the top to hold paper in place!
The markers that came in the original set were great until one of them exploded and I realized they were a special chalk marker that is hard to find, and if you used anything else it stains the board. The new upgraded markers are dry erase markers! YAS!
The apps are super fun and my daughter really loves Monster.
All in all, this is a really smart, really functional upgrade to the old kit.
I bought this for my 5YO's birthday because she used Osmo at school and she loves to draw. We got the genius kit for our Kindle Fire Tablet and then this one with the iPad base, so we could switch them out and two kids play at once on different tablets.
Within 15 minutes of drawing, my daughter had ruined two of the 4 markers that came with the set just by pushing down as she sketched. We use various types of markers nearly daily, and this doesn't happen to our other art supplies. It was disappointing as I now have to find replacement markers and spend more money basically immediately.
Second, while the white board is nice and feels sturdy, I didn't realize you don't even need their board to play any of the games it advertises for this set. I found this out because my son saw my daughter playing the monster game and wanted to do it on his tablet at the same time. Turns out a generic white board or even piece of white paper works!
I wanted a second base but the value for my money would have been better if I bought one of the other starter or little genius kits instead since it would expand the number of games we can actually play with pieces we don't have and can't easily substitute with a much cheaper solution.
if he is going to be on the iPad all day make it a learning experience! I even found myself playing with it. It's well-made lot of learning games he is 6 and was able to work on his own no issues, I hope he doesn't loss interest because I would like to get him more games price is ok but worth it