There is a lot of buzz around STEM right now. (STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and STEM products encourage kids to develop core skills in these areas.) I am loving the trend of having products that support STEM learning also be fun and interactive. As a teacher, I know that if you can get a kid playing and interested in something, the learning takes care of itself without the child even realizing it.
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Osmo Genius available at Best Buy is one of these tools that makes learning super fun and exciting. It also incorporates using an iPad, so it earns even more “cool points” for that! The product uses a mirror to actually see what the child is doing with the physical part of the game and interact with that on the screen.
The Genius Kit is an award-winning, hands-on game system that fosters creativity & problem solving skills. It comes with 5 downloadable apps for the following games: Words, Tangram, Newton, Masterpiece and Numbers so your child can enjoy interactive play that also encourages creative thinking.
Tangram- Arrange wooden puzzle pieces into matching onscreen shapes. Play with your child or challenge yourself to more advanced levels with Osmo acting as your mentor by lighting up with each victory.
Newton- Use your creativity with inventive objects such as a handdrawn basket, grandma’s glasses, dad’s keys or anything around you to guide falling onscreen balls into targeted zones.
Words- Be the first to guess and spell out the onscreen hidden word by tossing down real-life letters faster than your friends. A related picture gives the clue.
Masterpiece- Supercharge your drawing skills with Masterpiece. Pick any image from the camera, curated gallery or integrated web search and Masterpiece will transform it into easy-to-follow lines and help you draw it to perfection. You can then share a magical timelapse video of your creation with your friends and family.
Numbers- With a counting, addition, connection and multiplication mode, there is a challenge for everybody. As kids get more confident in one mode, they can move on the the next one, allowing them to learn at their own pace.
Each of the games has its own challenges and we’ve had a blast playing each of them. And like I said, anything that encourages learning while having fun is a hit in my book! You can learn more about the Osmo Genius Kit at BestBuy.com!
See it in action: