Do your kids know what to do in case of a house fire? Do you?
I’m sorry to say that my I’ve never taught my kids what to do. I’ve always assumed that I’d have time to give them instructions if the need arose.
The truth is that’s not always the case.
The National Fire Protection Agency wants to educate parents and elementary school kids and help them to begin a conversation about fire safety.
EnterÂ Sparky and the Case of the Missing Smoke Alarms, a brand new iOS and Android app featuring Sparky the Fire Dog.
I gave Grace (an app connoisseur if there ever was one) the free app and asked her to play with it. The app hasÂ two parts: a story featuring Sparky and a gang of his friendsÂ and a game where Sparky surfs through the air collectingÂ smoke detectors and batteries.
When she was done playing, I asked Grace what she liked about the app.
“I liked that the storyÂ was a mystery,” she said. “I wanted to find out who the thief was!”
She also liked takingÂ her picture with Sparky.
As a parent, I like that the story includes 9 different fire safety tips hidden in the illustrations. Things that we should all do – identifying meeting spots, being aware of multiple exits, and keeping smoke detectors where we sleep – are taught to kids in a fun and non-threatening way.
I also like that the words are highlighted as the narrator reads them. This helps with word recognition and reading skills.
Check out the website forÂ Sparky and the Case of the Missing Smoke AlarmsÂ for links to download the app, fire safety tips, and downloadable books, coloring pages, and activities. It’s a great resource for parents!
This post is sponsored by the National Fire Protection Agency and Sparky.org.
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