I was recently given early access to Osmo Coding Jam to review the product ahead of its launch. It’s a game combined with tactile elements that teach kids to code using pictograms on tiles.
A nifty stand and mirror allow your iPad to see the tiles laying on a table in front of the device. It’s an ingenious design that I found fun to use.
Before I give my full review, here are some things you’ll want to know about Osmo Coding Jam.
If you already have a base from another Osmo product, the cost of the tiles for the game is $59. Need a base too? The base and tiles cost $78.
While that may seem expensive, keep this in mind: Osmo will replace any lost or broken piece for FREE. You’re getting a high-quality product that’s built to withstand use by children who drop things. Of course, they won’t replace your iPad if it gets dropped.
The base even comes with a 1-year warranty. No 90-day warranty here!
- Coding Jam works with all iPads except the 12″ iPad Pro and the original iPad. It even works with my 1st generation iPad Mini from 2012.
- Coding Jam is for children ages 5-12. Adults will like it too!
- Compatible with iOS 7.0 and later.
- Languages: English, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese.
- Rated: 4+
- Not currently available for Android
Osmo Coding Jam Review
When I unboxed Osmo Coding Jam, I was impressed with the quality of the product. The pieces have a nice weight to them and don’t feel cheap.
The storage box for the tiles is a nice touch. Not only is it great for storing the tiles but the base fits neatly on the lid for easy storage.
The game itself is fun to use. Figuring out interesting combinations with the tiles and characters can keep kids playing for hours. My teens even wanted to play the game.
If you want to get the most out of the game, be sure to sign up for a free account with Osmo. This will allow you to have multiple profiles so each child’s progress is saved individually. This feature alone will save you headaches and cries of, “She messed up my jams!”
The tutorial in the game progressively takes kids through more advanced steps unlocking characters along the way. This helps to build confidence and demonstrate how to use the game. There is very little text so reluctant readers can use the game too.
Once your child has finished some of the practice sessions, “Create Mode” will be unlocked and the fun really begins! Kids can design their own songs and anonymously share them with others via OsmoTV.
As more and more practice puzzles are unlocked, more characters and music styles are revealed. The open and creative aspect of Coding Jam lets kids explore and learn to code at their own pace.
Some of the things your kids will learn playing Osmo Coding Jam are:
- Coding fundamentals
- Pattern recognition
- Sequencing and loops
- Rhythm, harmony and melody
- Creative coding
If you decide to get other Osmo games, you’ll find the magnetic core coding blocks can be shared from one game to another. This increases the fun combinations your kids can create with Osmo games.
Osmo Coding Jam is currently available on Amazon or directly from Osmo in their online store. The colorful tiles, fun gameplay, and a plethora of musical combinations make Osmo Coding Jam an excellent addition to your STEM toolbox.
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