Learning to Code with Osmo Awbie, and Strawberries

*This post is sponsored by Osmo. However, we truly do enjoy and endorse Osmo and it’s games. My kids love them!

The holidays are over and life is starting to sort of get back to normal.

Part of that means getting back into the swing of things like school, learning, and schedules. Koa goes back to school this week, naps are back on schedule, and we are starting some additional learning activities in the afternoons.

That’s where the Osmo Coding Adventures with Awbie game comes in.

Whether we like it or not, our kids are living in a world where technology is all around them and is a necessity in their world. So, I have chosen to embrace it! There are so many wonderful learning games out there, and this one is one of them! With it, Koa is learning to code!

With Coding Adventures with Awbie, Koa uses the included buttons to move Awbie (the adorable little monster) around. The idea is to help him catch all the strawberries he can. The game comes with magnetic coding buttons and numbers. All you do is download the game app to your IPhone or Ipad. (You do need the Osmo base, which is sold separately, but works with the other Osmo games too!)

Koa was able to get started all on his own, too!  The game guides your child through the first parts of the game, and assists if they seem stuck. He LOVES it! He is so excited to “know what to do on a computer,” and keeps asking if he can play more.

If he is going to ask for screen time, I would definitely prefer him learning to code, rather than watching something mindless! The game is not only helping him with learning to code, but also patience, following instructions and directionality (left/right.) Plus, Awbie is adorable. With each skill your child masters, the game gets more difficult, layering one skill on top of another. I cannot wait to see how Koa does with it as he gets better and better!

I love when I am able to find a connection between one activity and another. We read a book about dragons and tacos, and we made tacos for dinner. Give a moose a muffin, and Blueberry muffins it is! I can’t wait for a thunderstorm so we can make Thundercake! When I was teaching I did a lot of this thematic stuff! This new Osmo game was a perfect opportunity for that! After Koa played his game we made a strawberry treat! Awbie loves strawberries in the game (the whole idea is to help him catch them) and so do my kiddos!

If you’ve been following us for a while, you know how much I like to bake with my kids. I love to spend time in the kitchen with them. It not only is a great bonding experience, but also a way to build upon various skills like following instructions, coordination, directions, and reading and math skills. Any chance to reinforce those skills, right?

This recipe calls for strawberry jam. Strawberries are not exactly in season right now, especially considering half the country is frozen! But, this recipe uses strawberry jam, so no worries! You can definitely make it with fresh strawberry jam once the fruit is in season, but plain ole jam from the store works just fine. Since most of us probably already have these ingredients in our pantry and fridge already, this is the perfect recipe for this time of year, even if you are cooped up in the house due to snow!

Now, go make (and bake) some memories!

Strawberry Crumb Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 1 cup strawberry jam
  • 1/2 tbsp. lemon juice (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare a 9x9 inch baking dish with parchment paper or non stick spray. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, oats, and baking soda.
  • Cut the cold butter into small pieces and add to the flour mixture.
  • Using a fork, pastry cutter, or just your fingers, combine the butter and flour mixture until it resembles crumbs.
  • Reserve 1 cup of the crumb mixture and set aside. Pour the remaining crumb mixture into the prepared baking dish.
  • Using your fingers or the back of a spoon, press the mixture firmly into the bottom of the dish, creating the crust.
  • Pour the strawberry jam over the crust and spread evenly.
  • Crumble the reserved flour/oat mixture over the top of the jam.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the jam is set and the crumb topping is lightly golden.
  • Cool completely before cutting!
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20 comments

  1. Melanie says:

    Oooh, perfect idea for what to do with all of my homemade jam! I bet this would be good with peach jam as well, which I have an overabundance of. Thanks for sharing!

    • Keala says:

      Oh these would be even better with homemade jam! I bet peach would be great too! Do you have a fave strawberry jam recipe? I’d love if you’d share it. I keep saying I am going to make my own jam and I never have!

  2. Amanda says:

    I am 50/50 on young kids using technology because a lot of it is not educational. That being said, this looked great. I think it is a great teaching tool and they can use it for a long time!

    • Keala says:

      Exactly! As a former teacher I am pretty particular about what they get to do on the tablet and such. But this game teaches such great skills! Plus he has fun with it!

  3. Wendy says:

    Ok this is fascinating! My kids are older, but I love the problem solving and sequencing it teaches. And I love how you tied it in with a family activity! So fun!

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