Osmo kits could be a great way to make screen time more interactive and physically active. And Live Science is scouring retail sites to spot the best Black Friday Osmo deals for 2021. Whether you have a burgeoning computer coder or a child who loves to read, you can get a great discount on Osmo bases and add-ons today.
Osmo is an electronic STEM toy that works with iPads or Amazon Fire tablets to turn screen time into tactile time. These kits use manipulables — numbers, shapes, coding instruction squares — that let kids translate something they’re doing in the physical world, such as putting letters together to make words, into action on a screen, and back again.
To get started, you’ll need an Osmo base and a compatible tablet. Then, you can choose from a number of kits designed to teach different concepts. The more kits you have, the more your child can do and learn; and you can find the best Black Friday Osmo deals for 2021 here at Live Science. Say your child loves mysteries: Osmo’s Detective Agency is 25% off at Amazon for Black Friday. Or if your child can’t get enough of Disney characters, they can dive into Osmo’s Super Studio — also 25% off at Amazon — to draw and animate their very own shows … starring their favorite characters like Mickey Mouse, Rapunzel and Frozen’s Princess Elsa.
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How do kids learn with Osmo?
The Osmo device works through what the company calls “augmented reality,” in which a reflector mirror is attached to an iPad or Fire tablet that sits in the Osmo base. That reflector captures images from the table below and feeds them to the tablet’s camera. With the Osmo app, those physical objects — such as Osmo’s letter or number tiles — become part of the digital world, where your child can interact in a hands-on setting.
With that basic premise, Osmo has created a slew of add-ons, and that’s where the learning truly begins. For these learning games, you can choose between different age groups: 3-5, 6-9 and 10+. Also, parents can adjust the skill level for these add-ons to fit their child’s needs.
Math: If you have a child who needs help in math, or perhaps they need a number challenge, you can choose from several math add-ons depending on level and type of activity. For instance, for 6- to 8-year-olds, the Math Wizards Bundle comes with four games that teach geometry (with fun food puzzles), the foundations of multiplication (with all-star sports teams), measurement (with dragons!) and addition/subtraction by brewing silly potions in a magical workshop journey.
Literacy: To help your kids learn or just improve their reading skills, you can check out the “literacy” sets. For instance, the Early Literacy bundle can help kids with a range of skills, from letter recognition, vocabulary familiarity, sentence construction and even phonics with ABCs. The 38 silicon sticks and rings that come with the set can be used for creating letters that come alive on your tablet for gameplay and other fun learning activities. The bundle is rated for ages 3 to 12 because all of the “equipment” is flexible in terms of the games/apps it can be used with.
Science: Yes, Osmo dives into some science areas! With Osmo Newton, kids can either draw an object or find something lying around their room. Then, they use this imaginary cup, some new invention they hand-draw or real-life objects such as mom’s keys to guide falling balls on the screen into targeted spots. And there are 60 levels.
Other skills targeted with Osmo add-ons and related apps include: coding, critical thinking, drawing, geography, imaginative play and puzzles.
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