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Osmo - Genius Kit Educational Play System (iPad Base Included)-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 247 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very cool interactive toy

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    Sargentrock
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    I was skeptical about this product even though I'd read the reviews and watched some of the videos. The buy in price is a little steep, but this was a gift for my 7-year-old daughter's birthday and I wanted to get her something interactive that wasn't a stuffed animal or video game. This SEEMS like a game, but it's very interactive and requires brain power. The set up was easy (basically download the apps from googleplay or the app store)--unpack it, set up the camera, set up an account (of course) and park your child in front of it and they're all set. I bought the version for the iPad. The things that come with it are cool--my daughter loved the tanagrams game, and she and her brother have teamed up to do the interactive math game quite a bit. The art app is cool, but I think I've used that one more than she has so far. There is also a VERY cool Monster game (separate download, but no additional cost) that she very much enjoys. This is one of the neatest things I've ever seen. You need a white board for it--don't worry about buying the official board or whatever it's called---a small dry-erase board available pretty much anywhere works just fine. Anyway, the character on screen tells her to draw something it describes (star, magic want, ball, etc) and then the character plays with whatever she drew! She loves it, and I can't get over how cool it is. There are a few different variations of this available as well (Princesses and Mickey Mouse) in separate kits. She's just started playing with those so I'll review them in the future. Overall this is cool technology that she's had for a few weeks now and has not seemed to grow tired of at all. Best of all her older brother (9) likes playing with it, too. You can set up more than one account, so they each have their own log-ins. There is also a parents account that controls it all and can monitor play time, scores, etc. This is neat technology, that my kids genuinely appreciate. A lot of thought and care went into this, and it shows in how smoothly it works (we've not run into any hiccups yet, and they've played for hours at this point). Highly recommended for kids of all ages!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Product for kids up to age 10

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    Bluey1129
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    Although I hesitated buying a gift creating more iPad time, I have to say my grandchildren ages 8 (boy) and 10 (girl) enjoy playing the various activities which are much more educational than most video games. I don't know if I would put the top age above 11 or 12. The math, spelling and computer 'programming' games are more for ages 5 to 8. That said, included is a drawing app which I enjoyed (age 65) - the user traces a projected image or photo on paper from which OSMO creates a high speed video of your hand drawing and shading the image which makes anyone look like a pro. All in all a great product and neatly packaged.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome!

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    Polee
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    My wife and I purchased this for our daughter. My wife is a special needs teacher and has had many parents tell her about this product. Our oldest daughter is 2.5 y.o. and we gave this to her for Christmas. I think it was suggested for 4 or 5 year olds, but with our help she does great and we have fun with this. The apps work great and the camera reflector is spot on. We are using this with an old iPad series 2. Works perfectly. A must have!! I am 36 and enjoyed playing the games. I am actually about to purchase the creative board so we can draw. Worth every penny!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great learning tool

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    Sondog
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    My wife and I work from home with our 3 children. We try and provide engaging activities for the kids while we're working without putting the TV or iPads in charge of baby sitting. That being said, Ipad time can still be great for distracting our 5 year old during an important call or meeting -- enter OSMO, the engaging iPad solution that still provided that "fun" iPad time but is highly educational. Some games require assistance until they're fully learned, but overall easy for a 5 year old with beginning reading skills.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good learning technology for early learners

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    GCar
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    It is important to monitor your child’s progress per level as he/she could eventually just guess by picking one number at a time, for instance, to arrive at the correct answer. With no manipulative guidance as to why, for example, 12 + 13 = 25, other than memory, a child would not be able to fully grasp reasoning of solution. I suggest progressive improvements at a moderate pace as child will plateau if completing levels too fast.

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  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Doesn’t consistently work

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    This doesn’t consistently work and is frustrating for child and parent alike. Additionally, there is a separate app to download for each game in the box (3 all together). If you buy additional games like Mickey Studio or anything else you also have to download each corresponding app. Way too much involvement here coupled with the instability — this product gets a one star! We don’t think it’s ready for prime time yet! It was returned.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My daughter loves it :)

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    JellyBean
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    My little one was introduced to this at school and loves it. We even bought an Ipad pro just so she could have Osmo at home. I will say the more challenging it gets as levels are reached the more her favorite games are starting to change but she still loves it. The Newton game seems a bit over the top but we bought this for Osmo Numbers and Tangram so it was extra and haven't really gotten into the Words game yet but it seems pretty neat. What I love is that it's fun, educational and engaging.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This game system came highly recommended by his Oc

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    Ashep
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    This gaming system has to be the best gaming system out on the market. I am so thankful for the osmo! It has helped my daughter in areas she was struggling in. The format helps her to easily understand how to complete the levels. I love the packaging of the games. The magnetic boxes really make it easy to put into storage. Best teaching tool by far for homeschool or just helping to keep the brain fresh during summer!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for all ages

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    Vixy
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    I have three kids ranging from 11, 8 and 4. They LOVE this set! My littlest one loves playing with the "fishies" in the numbers set, my oldest one can get creative with the Masterpiece app, and my middle one is addicted to tangrams. Honestly even I find myself stealing away with the Osmo after the kids are in bed! Very educational and fun, well developed, beautiful packaging and worth the price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Base needs wider slot for otterbox

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    Regall
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    This came recommended by my OT therapist so i knew it had value for my children. However for it to truly work the slot where the iPad sits on the base needs to be wider. My iPad is in a Otterbox for protection and it won’t fit in that slot unless I take it out. That’s why I’m giving this product 4 stars instead of 5. I would recommend it as well but at your own risk.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the best educational toys my son has!

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    HappyMomma
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    My son got the genius kit for Christmas. It has been a HUGE hit! It is very educational and well thought out. The company did a great job making sure there were no "bugs" in the system and the apps work with the product as advertised! I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants their kids to have a hands on experience while playing on the ipad!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Accessory for Kids iPads

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    FrankG
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    My kids attached this to their iPad and were up and running in minutes to play great educational games which you can buy additional ones separately as well to keep it fresh and fun. I was impressed with the technology of using your camera to identify objects you place in front of it i.e making the number 10 by placing two 5 dice in front of the camera.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fun for All Ages

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    MattyD
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    My girls, ages 7 and 5, love OSMO! It is a great learning tool but also makes learning fun. It is a wonderful activity for them. Tangram is delightfully challenging and words is really helping my youngest to start sounding out words.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for kid learning

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    BigKidAtHeart
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    My daughter gets very involved with this and likes because she thinks it is a game. When we have dinner she tells me 'll about it. One thing I can't stand about this is they claim it works with iPad mini. This is true but not as well as regular iPad. It also won't work with iPad pro 12.9.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Gave it as a gift to my grandson

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    CCBB
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    He has not had a chance to play with it because his ipad will not fit in the base of the Osmo. This is because he has a case/cover on his ipad and this will not allow it to fit into the interactive mechanism of the Osmo. I am not sure, but he says it won't work without the ipad connected into the base. He needs an adult to help him with this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Something truly different

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    spakins
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    I was surprised that my son, who spends too much time playing minecraft, really took to these games. They are educational and interactive. When he is done playing them I plan to send to my sister for her boys. As others state, there are some ads by the manufacturer to sell their other products but they are not too obtrusive.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Engaging and Fun

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    msmelissanc
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    My four year old loves it! It will grow with her for quite some time. She does get a little frustrated once in awhile but I think she may be one the young side of the age bracket. She is only in a Pre-K program. Highly recommend it! So much fun, better than lot of learning apps we've tried!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    overall educational and fun

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    Jennifer
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    I love the product and what it does but I hate that I have to remove my ipads protective case to use it. Makes me bring it out a lot less. I also wish there was a case for it and all of the pieces to fit in for safe keeping.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great product; wish they had it years ago

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    CGinVa
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    What a great use of today's technology in this high quality toy! Gave this to my 11 year old daughter after she'd used one at school and she hasn't put it down yet (a month later). She loves the drawing games. Games are a bit basic overall so probably best for 5-8 age group. Just wish they had these years ago.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Hands-on Technology for all ages

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    Kyliev08
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    Purchased this kit for our Early Childhood Development Center, which serves ages 5 - 9. The students don't have to physically handle the iPad which eliminates the possibility of breaking. The Apps are free but you do have to register with Osmo. It's pretty easy to use and it's great for all ages.

    I would recommend this to a friend