Normally $79.99, the Osmo starter set is just $43.99 on Amazon, you'll receive four games that are compatible with most iPad generations; the iPad is not included and must be provided separately, of course. You won't need wi-fi to work the games, so that will allow more focus for your preschooler as they figure out some basic skills.
Participating children will learn letters and phonics through the game "ABCs", figure out drawing with "Squiggle Magic", experiment with clothes and social-emotional cues in "Costume Party", and figure out problem-solving skills with a fourth game, called "Stories."
Osmo Little Genius Starter Kit for iPad:
$79.99 $43.99 at Amazon (save $36)
This Little Genius Starter Kit includes four educational preschool learning toys. The kit includes four educational games for ages 3 to 5, including recognizing letters, developing drawing skills, learning about social-emotional cues, and experimenting with colors, clothes and problem-solving. You won't need wifi to do the work, but you will need to supply an iPad; most generations are supported.
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Also included in the box are a base and reflector for iPad, 19 cardboard pretend play costume pieces, 38 dishwasher-safe and BPA-free silicone sticks and rings, a silicone game play mat and stackable storage for items related to the four games.
The games aim to get your preschooler interested in core subjects they will meet later in their education career, by blending tactile exploration with reading technology. Osmo says some of the things kids will learn include verbal proficiency, empathy, spatial reasoning and fine motor skills.
If you're looking for more Osmo products, there's another Amazon Prime Day Deal allowing you to save 35% on a coding family bundle. This set of coding games is aimed at a slightly older crowd, ages 5 to 10.
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Elizabeth Howell (she/her), Ph.D., is a staff writer in the spaceflight channel since 2022 covering diversity, education and gaming as well. She was contributing writer for Space.com for 10 years before joining full-time. Elizabeth's reporting includes multiple exclusives with the White House and Office of the Vice-President of the United States, an exclusive conversation with aspiring space tourist (and NSYNC bassist) Lance Bass, speaking several times with the International Space Station, witnessing five human spaceflight launches on two continents, flying parabolic, working inside a spacesuit, and participating in a simulated Mars mission. Her latest book, "Why Am I Taller?", is co-written with astronaut Dave Williams. Elizabeth holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, a Bachelor of Journalism from Canada's Carleton University and a Bachelor of History from Canada's Athabasca University. Elizabeth is also a post-secondary instructor in communications and science at several institutions since 2015; her experience includes developing and teaching an astronomy course at Canada's Algonquin College (with Indigenous content as well) to more than 1,000 students since 2020. Elizabeth first got interested in space after watching the movie Apollo 13 in 1996, and still wants to be an astronaut someday. Mastodon: https://qoto.org/@howellspace