Christmas is just around the corner, which means so is holiday gift-giving. For many parents, this is a real quest that they spend days, if not weeks, preparing for. After all, there is nothing more rewarding than seeing your little ones happy and being over the moon when they are unwrapping their gifts in the morning and get exactly what they were secretly hoping for. We live in a technologically-driven world and almost every household has some sort of a smart device. However, although spending much time in front of a screen is not good for anyone, especially not little kids, that doesn’t mean that you can not use these devices to their advantage.
Today, there is a variety of apps and games you can install on your iPad which your kids can play with and learn so much from on their own. So, if you want to turn the time your kids spend on their tablets into useful playtime, here’s an idea: buy them the Osmo game as a Christmas present. This is an awesome educational game that can help improve your kids’ communication skills and sharpen their developing brains to a certain extent.
What is the Osmo Game
Created by two ex-Googlers and a former Disney executive, the Osmo game combines real physical objects with the virtual world of an iPad, which in the world of today is the ideal win-win combination. This is actually an app developed for iPads but with an ability to detect little shapes and letters that you put down in front of the device and they appear on the screen. In other words, it is an app that transforms your iPad into an educational tool, giving your kids immediate feedback.
There are three games that allow users to play with just about any physical object, such as blocks, paper, pen, your hand, even the toys your kids already have.
- Tangram – this game requires the player to use coloured shapes placed in front of the device to match onscreen images. The game provides amazing feedback – as shapes are placed in the correct positions, a musical note is played and there is a little jingle once the form is finished.
- Newton – the player is required to guide an on-screen falling ball into a target by drawing lines or placing objects on a piece of paper in front of the device.
- Words – your kids use the on-screen image as a clue to guess the word. Then they place lettered tiles in front of the device, bringing friendly competition and social interaction into play. The pictures and words can even be personalised to make the game more interesting.
By thinking outside the box, kids are encouraged to use all kinds of objects to play the game. This helps them use their motor skills and develop dimensional recognition, things which are otherwise not utilized in many other iPad games.