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Sphero SPRK: Sparking Your Child’s Interest for Coding

Disclosure Coding can be loads of fun with Sphero SPRK; this robotic ball can be controlled or programmed to do tons of fun tricks and will spark any child’s curiosity for coding, programing and STEM learning.

Sphero SPRK

The Sphero SPRK is one of the best STEM robotic toys available, this robotic ball will not only keep your kids engaged and entertained but that also teaches children and adults coding and programing. Inspired by BB8 (there is also a BB8 version!) Sphero SPRK full of personality and spunk and as it spins, jumps and dances making cute little robot noises as it’s lights flash in different colors.

Sphero SPRK

Your child can start by simply controlling Sphero SPRK via bluetooth through the app which you can download on your smartphone or tablet. Once that your child has learned how to control it he or she can move on to coding by using Sphero’s own visual, C-based language (called OVAL) to command the robot using visual blocks of code that can be dragged and dropped to control things like speed, heading, and spin. We found OVAL to be very easy and intuitive and because my son already had some experience with Blockly (a similar coding language) he jumped right into coding with no issues.

There are also more than 30 apps and games that you can download and play with Sphero making this a very versatile toy as your child can do different things with it from simply controlling it or playing with it to teaching him new things via coding.

Sphero SPRK

One of the things that my son really liked from the beginning and that really sets this little robot apart is that because of it’s clear transparent shell, which let’s you see how the coding translates into he ball’s robotics. He found this so interesting and he will lie on the floor next to Sphero trying to figure out how each command is translated into actions inside little ball.  Letting kids have an insight into the robot’s inner functioning really sparks their creativity and awakens their desire to learn more about how this little robot works.

Sphero SPRK Sphero SPRK rolls at speeds of up to 4 mph and you can control it through your smart device via Bluetooth from a distance of up to 100 feet. Powered by induction charging, Sphero SPRK has a durable polycarbonate shell which can withstand knocks and bruises without a problem and is pet proof and waterproof. Yes this means that Sphero can be used in the water. We have not tried this yet but we can not wait to see him waterborne!

Sphero SPRK

One of my son’s favorite pastimess is making it do tricks in front of our dog Sally and chase Sally around the house. She has now gotten used to Sphero and likes to play with him, they are becoming good friends and Sphero is treated like a robotic pet around our home.

Sphero SPRK

We found that Sphero works best in hardwood floors and is quite slower in carpet. Because he slides a bit on ceramic floors we bought him a Nubby cover skin, which not only gives it more traction but also protects the clear case from getting scratched. So if you have ceramic floors or will be using Sphero in hard surfaces, specially outside on concert or somewhere where you need more traction, I highly recommend you get him a Nubby cover. There are a range of different colored so you can get a few and dress him up for even more fun.

Sphero SPRK

The Turbo Cover clear skin let’s you see the lights clearer than the colored Hexnub skin, not only protecting him against scratches and scuffs but also giving him more traction and control.

Sphere SPRK charriot

I really like that Sphero has quite a few accessories that you can buy separately. We got the Sphero Chariot and my son was thrilled with it. This accessory really adds  another level of creativity to Sphero. Letting it carry cargo. It has a bult int custom carrier that let’s it carry your phone but what really makes the Chariot a fantastic addition to Sphero is that it can it you can snap LEGO bricks to it letting your kids turn it into whatever they can imagine! A word of caution though, the Chariot will scratch Sphero so be sure to use the Turbo Cover to protect it as the Nubby covers don’t work with the Chariot due to it’s

You can also get the Sphero Jump Ramps, by connecting the four separate ramps you can create any configuration of bumps, jumps and teeter totters. You child will love mastering new tricks and increasing the excitement as he programs Sphero through his own obstacle course!

Sphere SPRK charriot

Sphere SPRK charriot

If your child is a big Star Wars fan be sure to check out the BB8 by Sphero, this cute little robot works just like Sphero SPRK and will be a total hit with any Star Wars fan young or old!


If you are looking for a STEM toy that is loads of fun and will let your child start coding with no prior experience Sphero SPRK is a great option!

About the author

Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

Paula moved from her native Guatemala to SW Florida with her husband and two children and together they are discovering what it means to live life between two languages. Paula studied architecture who now makes a living as a freelance writer, traveler and amateur photographer. She started her writing & publishing career as the editor of Bebé y Mamá, the first parenting magazine in Guatemala. She is the founder of www.GrowingUpBilingual.com and www.365thingsswfl.com and writes articles in Spanish and English for both magazines and the web on travel, food and bicultural and bilingual parenting . When she is not on a plane or road trip she likes to create recipes inspired in the flavors of her native Guatemala.

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  1. Robin Masshole Mommy

    This is cool. My kids learn coding in school, but this would be a really nice way to supplement that. I will check into it 🙂

  2. candy

    I have never heard of this ball and really didn’t know what it does or how it works. Sounds like a learning tool to be adde to our home.
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  3. Stephanie Jeannot

    Those look like great gift ideas for gadget lovers. I could see my uncle getting a kick out of them because he loves those kind of things. Very cool!

  4. Mitch

    This is fantastic! Good to see Sphero is about more than that amazing BB8 figure that I am dying to get. I love this see through model, that spurs learning!
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  5. Alli Smith

    My grandson loves his intro to coding class and he has a birthday coming up. I think the Sphero would make a great gift. I love that it has so many accessories.
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  6. Kita Bryant

    This type of information is wonderful to have or start learning at an early age. It will give them a great and consistent job in the future!

  7. lisa

    There are so many awesome learning toys out there these days. I love all of these and know a few kids that would love these too.
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  8. Pam Wattenbarger

    I am loving all these toys to help gets interested in and learning about coding. This one sounds perfect for a Christmas present.

  9. Vera Sweeney

    I love that more toys are coming out to help kids learn to code!! This looks like a great gift to give this year!
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  10. Bella

    I had no idea that “toys” like these existed for kids. This is way too cool, even I would like to play with one!
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  11. Cai Cansino

    Wow! This is good. I think coding should be integrated into kids curriculum these days. Such a valuable thing to learn. I am just learning myself.
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  12. Rebecca Swenor

    Sphero SPRK is something I would not mind for myself. This is a little robot that would be a great toy for my nephew so I will have to share this with my sister. The STEM toys I believe are great for kids and I love how you can download up to 30 games and programs for this little robot. Thanks for sharing this awesome toy.

  13. Kristen Dann

    My son is in 1st grade and they actually just started coding in school. He loves it so far. I’ll definitely have to check this out.

  14. Dawn McAlexander

    That is a real ingenious toy. I know a lot of kids, especially boys, that would love this. And it is highly educational, which is even better.

  15. Dana

    We have been looking for a fun way for our boys to learn coding and I think I may have found it! Coding is the language of the present and future!

  16. Mimi Green

    My son has been asking for the BB8 for some time now. We finally for it for Christmas. I can’t wait to see his face.
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  17. Farrah Less G.

    Wow the evolution of technology nowadays never failed to amaze me. I learn how to code when I was in College now kids can learn it in as early as this days that’s mind blowing.

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