Osmo Coding

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Hybrid toys give kids unique, hands-on coding practice.

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age 3+
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Educational Value

Since kids can manipulate the actual pieces, they get a hands-on experience with coding. The coding blocks actually click together, just as visual blocks of code do in programming languages such as Scratch, so kids can see how one step leads to the next, which helps them learn basic coding principles and fosters executive functioning and problem-solving.

Ease of Play

In-game tutorials show how to use the coding toys and play the games. Kids will need some fine motor control to turn the arrows and press the go button without blocking the Osmo reader.

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Ad for other Osmo apps appears on start screen.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Osmo Coding requires the Osmo system base that connects to an iPad as well as the Osmo Coding toys. The Osmo system features a few apps playable without toys and others that require different toys from those used in the coding game. Minus the cost of an iPad, the first Osmo kit and the coding toys cost around $125. Parents can register their Osmo device and set up Osmo Coding for multiple users so each player's progress is saved. Kids create a username and choose an emoji icon as an avatar.  Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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Parent of a 11, 13, and 18+ year old Written byBetsy R. October 21, 2016
Adult Written byMari S. December 19, 2016

Disappointed to hear that OSMO considers Spanish to be "localized language" for which they do not have plans to develop language tools

I was really shocked by the response by one of OSMO's agents, where she stated that (OSMO) "We do not have immediate plans to offer localized language... Continue reading

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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.

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