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Linus Tan - Apr 2021

Colour your music: Sphero Specdrums

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e all know that sensory play is important in early childhood to improve motor skills and memory. However, as children grow older, it gets harder to keep their senses engaged. When they’re plugged in, they’re also tuning out. How do you immerse your kids in the present, even for short periods of time? Enter the Sphero Specdrums.

Introducing Sphero Specdrums

The Sphero Specdrums have a simple yet effective concept: you turn colours into music by tapping a pair of bluetooth-enabled rings onto any coloured surface. Just like that, you’re engaging three senses - touch, hearing and sight. 

It isn’t difficult to find research that shows the benefits of music for child development - it can improve their emotional well-being and fluid intelligence. Of course, the Sphero Specdrums don’t work exactly like a traditional musical instrument, but they’re good for kids with an interest in playing or mixing music.

Sphero Specdrums

As with any other musical instrument, the Sphero Specdrums can help your child develop a better sense of rhythm, which is linked to language and literacy processes. Unlike picking up a musical instrument, your child won’t have to commit to a specific one because they can choose a variety of electronic sounds and beats instead.

However, the important principles of learning music are retained -- the Sphero Specdrums still require kids to commit time and practice to develop and improve their skills, especially their sense of rhythm and beat. 

Sphero Specdrums

Colour is important in our everyday lives; it affects our emotions and carries different meanings. Often, we forget to pay attention to it.

The Sphero Specdrums turn that around because it relies on the colours detected by the rings, rather than specific hand positions and motions. That’s why they create a unique experience - kids can walk around and discover the different sounds produced by different colours, and experiment with mixing notes and beats by ‘playing’ their surroundings. 

Sphero Specdrums

What other instrument not only allows, but encourages your child to get up and walk around to make music?

Sphero Specdrums are extremely portable, requiring only one ring and an application to function. This encourages dynamism as your child can explore how different textures and shades affect the notes played no matter where they are. 

Final Thoughts

Toys that offer multi-sensory engagement in a productive, healthy way aren’t always easy to come by. The Sphero Specdrums offer a good avenue for kids to create their own music anytime they want, anywhere they want.

To see the full collection for Sphero Singapore, you can visit the link here or experience it first-hand at our physical store, Synced by District.