Special Needs App of the Day: PianoBall

Special Needs App of the Day: PianoBall

Fun with learning just got colorful. PianoBall by 4baam is an exciting and stimulating music and color tool for children.

The app features a keyboard with bright hues, and four balls that rotate. The instrument ball allows your children to choose the instrument sound they hear — choose from the piano, xylophone, saxophone, or drums. The tune ball allows your child to choose one out of ten songs to learn how to play. The rainbow ball turns the keyboard into a rainbow, while the color ball allows your children to change the overall color of the keyboard. When you tap the color ball, the color is announced, so the app teaches colors and their names as well as presents music in a fun and interactive environment.

PianoBall includes two modes, one for younger and the other for older children. The advanced version includes more piano bars, which are also longer. It also features stars that hover over a given bar when a child is learning a song through the tune ball (for any musicians out there, PianoBall also includes a feature that allows you to display the solfege symbol for each key). The younger version will continue to play the tune no matter which key your child plays.

The tunes included are:

  • Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
  • London Bridge
  • Wlazł kotek na płotek

  • Mary Had a Little Lamb

  • Ode to Joy

  • Row, Row, Row your Boat

  • Jingle Bells

  • Alabama

  • Amazing Grace

  • For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow

The app teaches children their colors, allows them to “paint” their keyboard with their favorite color, listen to instruments and name them, and how to play some simple tunes.

PianoBall also:

  • Stimulates curiosity and creativity
  • Helps improve concentration
  • Increases coordination

PianoBall is an ideal app for individuals who crave visual stimulation, and it also provides great auditory feedback through its use of spoken words and music. This app was designed for children aged 9 months through 5 years, and it is very easy to use. The app is successful for many children, including children with autism or sensory processing disorders — it allows your children to explore sounds while developing their creative, cognitive, and motor skills. Since it does not feature written words and the keyboard takes up the entire screen, the app encourages creativity and curiosity.

PianoBall is available for iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone, and it costs $1.99.

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