Fire safety and learning? Right.
Fire safety is one of those topics that seem to only come up either at a school assembly or when something awful and scary happens in the news.
But it’s a topic–like many difficult topics–that I truly believe should be a frequent, familiar conversation for families.
So when I was asked to take a look at a new app from sparkyschoolhouse.org, you better believe I was game.
It’s an app that does, truly combine important information about fire safety along with fun learning.
I’m thrilled to see the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) doing what they can to be present, ‘in the mix’ of today’s many apps on the market.
Here’s the skinny. . .
- Fire Safety Connects With Learning at sparkyschoolhouse.org:
Very simply, this is an app you want on your iPad, tablet, or phone. Any mobile device you use, throw it on there.
Because really? It’s got what every parent wants in the complete app package: reading, games, and learning in an easy-to-use platform.
Kids will want to use it because there’s variety, and parents dig it because it all counts.
I’ve caught Maddy, Owen, and Cora all using the app on separate occasions even after I introduced it to them a few weeks ago. And for me, that’s a serious win.
Sparky and the Case of the Missing Smoke Alarms is an app and story experience–one of those cool ways that learning and games are integrated into a story. The plus? It’s really well done.
Be forewarned, though: ‘What’s that sound?’ song will be stuck in your head for days on end. But maybe it will remind parents to change the batteries in their smoke alarms?
Overall, the kids and I liked the following elements of Sparky and the Case of the Missing Smoke Alarms:
- the game. Players help Sparky collect smoke alarms around town and collect batteries as well–because he does have to recharge, after all.
- the graphics. Simple and clear but not too babyish.
- the learning. After each section, kids were doing math problems to unlock the next level! Owen totally loved this part.
- the story. Engaging enough for older readers, with words that are highlighted as they’re read–which is always something parents should look for.
- the video. Funny. And catchy. And cool.
- the resources. Tons of resources–printables which include reading, math, word problems. Lesson plans for teachers. Simple, printable games to use as extensions if you have a family discussion about fire safety.
Sparky and the Case of the Missing Smoke Alarms is an app created by NFPA, a nonprofit dedicated to spreading the word about fire safety, and it’s been around for years and years. I know I totally remember Sparky the Fire Dog from way back when I was in school, so it’s cool to see him back in action, rocking and rolling in apps that work for today’s kids, too.
What do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this app!
fyi: This post is written as part of a partnership with NFPA. All opinions are my own, as always, influenced only by my experience as a parent and educator.