Sphero SPRK+ Review

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Sphero burst onto the scene last year with their exceptional Star Wars BB-8 Replica. Since then, it has enjoyed plenty of success and Orbotix, the company behind Sphero Robots, is getting more serious with the introduction of the SPRK+. Check out our list of best robot toys for kids to learn more!

Why We Like It – Sphero SPRK+

The Sphero SPRK+ is a great toy for kids ages twelve and up that will introduce them into the world of coding. This age recommendation can be pushed to 10, but any lower than that will be a steep learning curve. Still, if your child is into computers, or showing inclinations of that, then the Sphero SPRK+ could make the perfect toy! If they’re into flight games, take a look at our hands-on with HotSeats $8,000 triple screened flight simulator review.

Pros
  • Very durable and waterproof
  • Easy to use app interface
  • Genuinely makes learning fun
Cons
  • Really not suited for any child under 10
  • Can’t use the SPRK+ with other Sphero apps
  • One hour battery could be improved upon

Performance

In essence, the Sphero SPRK+ is part activity hub and part junior development environment. Children can use the Sphero Robot Ball to code their own SPRK+ programs or download and run exercises with ready-made programs. For these reasons, the Sphero SPRK+ is recommended for ages 12 and up, but this can be pushed to 10 if you really want to. If you don’t have a child at that age yet, or if you don’t think they’ll fancy coding, try the more traditional Really RAD Robot Toy for Kids.

Design

The Sphero SPRK+ will have to charge right out of the gate, and that takes about three hours, which gives you ample time to download the Lightning Lab App. The lab app works on iOS, Android, and Amazon Kindle devices. If you’re looking for a robot toy that doesn’t require the use of an app, try the Top Race Robot Dog. Although you can use the Lightning Lab app alongside other Sphero Robots you cannot use the SPRK+ with other Sphero apps.

Value

The SPRK+ is one of those educational toys that genuinely makes learning fun. It will be incredibly fun for children to assemble their own blocks of code and then watch as the robot does their bidding. The robot gives instant, physical feedback so your child will know if they’re doing things right or wrong. It retails for $102.00 on Amazon so if you’re on a budget, or your child isn’t twelve yet, consider the Sikaye RC Robot Toy for Kids.

Sphero SPRK+ Wrap Up

For those who want their child to learn coding the fun way instead of going to a computer bootcamp (which, let’s face it, they probably eventually will), the Sphero SPRK+ is the way to go. The SPRK+ and the Lightning Lab App combine to make a fun little device that’s endurable and entertaining for hours (well. hour) on end.

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Michael Iaboni

Michael Iaboni is a Canadian Freelance Writer and Editor. He graduated from York University with a Degree in English and Creative Writing and then attended Queen's University where he obtained a Professional Editing Standards Certificate. He is a member of Editor's Canada and, in his spare time, enjoys reading, writing, soccer, and gaming.

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