Sunday, September 14, 2014

GREAT new free app for fire safety and understanding smoke alarms! Completely free!

Cupcake Digital, the developers of many great apps, released a brand new app this week. Sparky & The Case of the Missing Smoke Alarms is a great book to help young children understand the importance of smoke alarms. I haven't field-tested it yet, but it seems like a great option for kids who have issues with the loud noise in smoke alarms. There's even a video and dance to bring awareness about what to do when a smoke alarm sounds.

This app book is full of interactions, some of which relate perfectly to the app (place a new smoke alarm up where one was stolen) and others which bring awareness to fire safety issues (choose a safe place to meet up outside your house).

In true Cupcake Digital form, the words are highlighted as the story is narrated, it's easy to turn off narration, there's a page index to move easily between pages, and there's even a game. Sparky flies on a large smoke detector, collecting batteries and smoke alarms along the way.

But the "What's That Sound?" video and song by Recess Monkey may just be the best part. What a fun way for kids to learn that the smoke alarm beep isn't scary, it's meant to alert and keep everyone safe.

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From iTunes:

Help Sparky the Fire Dog® and his pals solve a mystery!  Sparky and his friends stop by Aunt Dottie’s house to pick up items for the grand opening party of her Best Beepers Smoke Alarm Factory, but when they arrive, they spot a strange character sneaking away with a big bag.  Who is he and what was in the bag?  

Children and parents will love to read along and solve the mystery while learning key fire safety messages.  Plus, discover new interactions on every page!

Kids can choose narrated and highlighted text or click the mute button for read-to-myself mode, helping emerging readers and strong readers alike.
Learn about the importance of working smoke alarms, what to do when the smoke alarm sounds and escape planning.

Dance along to the music video starring Recess Monkey.

Play the interactive game, collect batteries to power up and smoke alarms to complete each level, and then solve a math problem to move onto the next level.

Guided questions encourage kids and parents to discuss and think about the story.

Includes ideas for educators about how to incorporate the app in the classroom and help kids learn about fire safety while practicing literacy and math skills.  This app includes activities driven by the Common Core State Standards.
Sparky & The Case of the Missing Smoke Alarms was produced by the National Fire Protection Association.

We care about your kids and their safety. This app contains gated areas to ensure that only adults can access anything that would take you outside of the app. To view Cupcake Digital’s full app privacy policy, please visit


Heather H. had to check all of her smoke alarm batteries after reading this book.

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