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Disappointed to hear that OSMO considers Spanish to be "localized language" for which they do not have plans to develop language tools
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What’s It About?
With OSMO CODING kids use coding commands to guide Awbie on adventures in the forest. They gather strawberries and other supplies to aid Awbie's adventures. By clicking the coding commands together in the correct order, kids direct Awbie how to move, change details of commands, such as repetitions and directions by manipulating the blocks, and even create loop commands. With the correct code, Awbie can jump over obstacles, collect objects, and move all directions. Ultimately, kids are creating the game and playing it simultaneously. If parents register, they can create multiple accounts so more than one kid can play and parents can see progress.
Is It Any Good?
This exceptional educational coding game takes a unique approach by using physical coding toys, adding fine motor manipulation that is often missed with digital play. In-app help guides kids through the increasingly challenge coding puzzles so kids feel successful and have fun with the story-based adventures. The coding pieces even fit together, reinforcing the concept that code has to fit together to work, with each command logically connecting with the next. Unlike a lot of block coding games for kids, this one brings in some physical play, which adds another layer to learning. Unfortunately, the Osmo system and Osmo Coding toys don't run cheap. Though they do offer bundles in "sets" and "kits," the cost is still too high for many families. If you can swing it, the device does create some magical experiences, and the coding toys are truly a fun way to explore game creation and build a variety of skills.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how learning the basics of coding logic through games such asOsmo Coding can help prepare kids for future technology use and careers.
Help kids think logically, which is necessary in coding, by introducing them to logic puzzles and strategy games such as chess, working on math skills, and exposing them to coding through various games and apps.
- Device: iPad
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: part-whole relationships, problem solving, Tech Skills: coding, using and applying technology
- Pricing structure: Free (requires Osmo system and coding blocks for around $125)
- Release date: September 27, 2016
- Category: Educational Games
- Topics: Adventures, Science and Nature
- Publisher: Tangible Play Inc
- Version: 1.1.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later
- Last updated: August 19, 2021
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