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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Developing Fine Motor Skills with Osmo's Monster and Creative Set

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.
  • Creative play helps to develop the imagination.
  • Playful animations kindle a love for learning.
  • Mo's nonjudgemental acceptance of the player's draws develops pride and confidence.
How Can Learning Specialist Use Osmo Monsters?
  • You can add additional directions to Mo's requests to develop listening skills.
  • You can encourage your students to visualize their sketches before they draw.
  • You can ask your students to verbalize their visualizations before drawing to develop 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, spacial and visual processing skills
  • Masterpieces - fine motor, visual processing, drawing and creative confidence skills
  • Numbers - quantitive reasoning skills as well as counting, addition and multiplication skills
CLICK HERE to purchase Osmo Monsters.  By using this link, the first 5 people to order the full Osmo kit will get $5.00 off.

Dr. Erica Warren is the author, illustrator and publisher of multisensory educational materials at Good Sensory Learning and Dyslexia Materials.  She is also the director of Learning to Learn and Go Dyslexia, in Ossining, NY.  To learn more about her products and services, you can go to https://godyslexia.com/, www.goodsensorylearning.com, www.dyslexiamaterials.com & www.learningtolearn.biz  
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