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One of the things I feel is really important for our children to understand more about is other people and parts of the world. Our world is so diverse and finding out more about it is something I’ve always loved doing, though when I was a child this was learning via encyclopedias and tv documentaries aimed at adults. Now with the arrival of the internet, tablets and clever technology and our favourite tech-meets-play system Osmo has created a super fun and very clever way for kids to learn more about our world.
The Detective Agency pack lets you travel to six famous cities inspecting clues with a magnifying glass on the maps, learning more about them as you go. Kids will also develop focus and observation skills as they need to find specific things from the clues to progress.
The cities are Paris, Beijing, New York, Sydney, Cairo, Rio di Janeiro , as well as the fictional Osmo Town and also a World Map – great for some geography skills! With the app and the Osmo base to stand your tablet in you get guided through the game depending on which map you have open. The red reflector then sees what the magnifying glass does and the app knows – it’s really very clever!
What we really loved about the Detective Agency game is that it started up so many conversations about the parts of the world we were looking at, which in turn had us looking up how to say ‘hello’ in different languages and searching YouTube to see what homes and schools look like.
Another thing both kids are getting excited about it Christmas now Halloween has past. They know that everyone celebrates Christmas in their own way here in England, but we’ve started to find out about how other countries traditions are different from ours. For example Nativity scenes are big business in Brazil, and in France Pere Noel (aka Father Christmas) isn’t accompanied by elves but by a man dressed in black!
Every time we use Osmo I’m amazed and impressed with how clever it is, and how the kids love it and are learning without realising it! I get updates via email telling me how they’re doing and enjoy playing the games with them too. You can see the whole Osmo range and find out more about how it works and why it’s so great for hands on learning on their Amazon Store.