Friday, October 04, 2013
Sparky's Birthday Surprise (best free Android apps for kids)
Developed by Cupcake Digital, one of our Android Developers of Note, in conjunction with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), this completely free app is a must-download for anyone with small children. The cute character, Sparky, is having a birthday and his friends want to surprise him. Throughout this highly engaging interactive educational story, fire safety rules and tips are reinforced repeatedly. A great way to teach children what to do in the event of a fire.
External links to other Cupcake Digital apps
This app is not just a storybook about fire safety. Also included are coloring pages, mini-games and a music video to really drive home the right response to a smoke alarm sounding. By the time your child has finished with this app, s/he will know by heart the three items on the safety checklist:
1. Know the sound of the smoke alarm (beep beep beep)
2. If the smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
3. Once you are outside, go to your meeting place.
There are three ways to read the story:
1. Just a book - with no interactive elements, but with page turning sound effects
2. Read to me - interactive pages including automatic narration and highlighted text
3. Read and play - interactive pages, without narration, but text can be touched to be narrated
Spanish language is also available as an optional (free) download. A fantastic book for home or school, you will not regret this download!
APP DESCRIPTION ON GOOGLE PLAY
***The National Fire Protection Association (www.nfpa.org) is giving families this FREE deluxe interactive storybook app about fire safety, created by award-winning children’s app developer Cupcake Digital.***
It’s Sparky® the Fire Dog’s birthday, and his doggie friends are throwing a surprise party. In this fun and original tap-and-play storybook app, kids will learn important fire safety skills while joining the excitement of preparing for a surprise birthday party. The story includes bright graphics, surprising animations, interactive learning games, and a hilarious one-of-a-kind sing-along music video.
Highlights in Sparky’s Birthday Surprise include:
THREE STORYTELLING MODES
Just a Book, perfect for quiet reading time, Read & Play and Read To Me in which early-learning reading skills are reinforced with text highlighting and synced narration.
FUN BAKED INTO THE STORY
Learn about the various parts of a fire truck and decorate Sparky’s birthday cake with highly interactive pages found in the story.
LEARNING ACTIVTIES STARRING SPARKY THE FIRE DOG®!
Piñata Counting and Sparky Addition mini-games teach kids to count and add in fun new ways, and the Birthday Shapes game helps kids recognize basic shapes.
ORIGINAL SING-ALONG MUSIC VIDEO
Your child will love singing the “If the Smoke Alarm Sounds” song with Sparky and his tiny flea friends while learning about what to do when they hear the alarm.
Kids can get creative with coloring pages featuring an array of paint buckets, brushes, colorful spray paints and stickers inspired by the story.
SHARED SCREEN TIME
The Thinking Corner offers thoughtful questions designed to spark open-ended conversation and reinforce reading comprehension.