I have been a fan of the Osmo from the day it was released, and I'm always excited to see what new interactive app they will create next. Well, I couldn't be more excited about their newest release, Monster. I just got it today! It comes with a dry erase board and a magnetic eraser that also serves as a storage pouch for a set of six colorful markers. If you don't already have the starter set, you will need that too. Once you get your package from Osmo, all you have to do is download their free app, set it up the ipad as in the image above, open the app and let the magic begin.
What is this New Game?
Mo is a cartoon character that requests players to make drawings that he then uses in animated activities. Kids can have hours of fun sketching objects that Mo brings to life on the screen.
Are There Any Cognitive or Educational Benefits to Osmo Monsters?
Yes. There are a number of benefits.
- Drawing helps kids to develop fine motor skills that are needed for handwriting.
- Creative play helps to develop the imagination.
- Playful animations kindle a love for learning.
- Mo's non judgemental acceptance of the player's draws develops pride and confidence.
How Can Teachers and Learning Specialists Use Osmo Monsters?
- Mo's requests can be used to develop listening skills.
- The activities can be used to develop fine motor skills.
- You can ask your students to verbalize visualizations before drawing to develop inner eye and metacognitive skills.
What are the Other Games?
The inventors or Osmo claim that their games foster learning in "social-emotional skills, creative thinking, art, STEM and common core. They have six other games and each develops unique skills:
- Coding - logic and problem-solving skills
- Tangrams - visual processing, fine motor, and spatial relation skills
- Words - spelling, critical thinking, and reasoning skills
- Newton - creative problem solving, spatial and visual processing skills
- Masterpieces - fine motor, visual processing, drawing and creative confidence skills
- Numbers - quantitative reasoning skills as well as counting, addition and multiplication skills
Cheers, Dr. Erica Warren
Dr. Erica Warren is the author, illustrator, and publisher of multisensory educational materials at Good Sensory Learning. She is also the director of Learning to Learn and Learning Specialist Courses.
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