Things have changed since I was a kid
When I was a kid I thought nothing about coding. (I mean the internet had only just been created 3 years before I was born. Haha!) But technology has advanced so much in the last 30 something years that coding is now a very important part of life. There is code in almost everything, and it is like learning another language. (Heck it is another language! Haha!)
Coding is now something that is very important for kids to learn, and there are many toys/ways to teach kids about coding. For our daughter’s we have tried different toys that help to teach coding, but either the games were too advanced or they don’t hold our daughter’s attention. But Play Osmo’s Coding Starter Kit is a different story, and they have thoroughly enjoyed playing it. If you are looking for something to help your kids learn about coding I highly suggest Play Osmo’s Coding Starter Kit. Below is my review of Play Osmo’s Coding Starter Kit.
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. I am a Play Osmo Brand Ambassador and we did receive a Play Osmo Coding Starter Kit in exchange for our review and posts on social media. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the Play Osmo Coding Starter Kit
Let’s start with what comes in the starter kit. In the Play Osmo Coding Starter Kit, you will receive a base and reflector, 31 coding block pieces, and 3 games. The 3 games you get are Coding Awbie, Coding Jam, and Coding Duo. They are progressive so Coding Awbie is the easiest followed by Coding Jam, and the most advanced game is Coding Duo. The ages Play Osmo suggests for this kit are 5-10-years-old. Thus allowing the kit to basically grow with your child as they learn. (This saves you money.) Skill-wise kids will learn coding basics, sequencing, problem-solving, logical thinking, patterns, and more. But what did we think of the starter kit?
What my Daughter thinks
My 5-year-old has really enjoyed playing the games in the starter kit. We tried out each one to just check them out, but also to gauge which game fit her best, and Coding Awbie does. This is fine because that one is the game geared towards younger kids. Right now in the Coding Awbie game, we are helping Awbie get through the forest. This is done by using the coding block pieces. There are pieces that help Awbie walk, jump, go a certain direction, and more. Then there are also numbered pieces you add to let Awbie know how many steps or jumps to take.
My daughter loves watching Awbie follow her commands, and she really stops and thinks about what she has to string together to get Awbie to go places. Of course, she doesn’t get it right every time, but that’s ok. Awbie goes right back to where he started. As I mentioned above this is not the first coding game we have tried, but the biggest difference between Play Osmo’s Coding Starter Kit and the other games are the tangible pieces, and how you interact with the game. It is the perfect balance between game and learning. (If you are interested in seeing the Play Osmo Coding Start Kit in action I have some videos up on my Instagram stories. You can find them HERE.)
A double plus is that I am also having a fun time playing and also learning from Play Osmo’s Coding Starter Kit. Yes, I understand the basics of coding and can do basic code myself, but there is nothing wrong with learning the basics again. (It’s just like how we all learned math in school, but when your kid goes to school and is taking math sometimes it’s like you are taking the class all over. Haha!)
Cost/Where to purchase
Play Osmo Coding Starter Kit sells for $99.000 on the Play Osmo site HERE. (This game kit does come with a base and reflector.) BUT as of right now, on 12/10/2020 you can save $10 off of the Play Osmo Coding Starter Kit at Amazon HERE, and Target HERE. Obviously, this will change but it gives you an idea of what it could cost while on sale if for some reason you need to wait to purchase it.
Other great Play Osmo games
There are so many amazing Play Osmo games available and I love that our collection of Osmo games keeps growing. You can read my review of Play Osmo Super Studios HERE. About Play Osmo’s new Little Genius Starter Kit Plus Early Math HERE. Pizza Co. HERE. Detective Agency HERE.