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.
This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.
- some bug fixes
Ratings and Reviews
A truly fun & educational app
Learning about fire safety in a fun & educational way
In this app the goal is to help Sparky the Fire Dog ® and his pals solve a mystery. Strange things are happening at Aunt Dottie’s house and it is up to the child to solve it! By doing this, the target audience (children aged 6-8) learn about many important key fire safety lessons that are beneficial to everyday life.
Firstly, the child can select to read the story or play the game. By reading the story the user learns about crucial aspects of fire safety such as the significance of smoke alarms and what to do when the smoke alarm sounds. This is done through the inclusion of guided questions that encourage the child and the parents to discuss the story. Additionally there’s an enthusiastic narration that comes with each page to improve literacy and comprehension skills. However the read-to-myself mode allows the user to read by themselves- this challenges emerging and strong readers alike.
Play the interactive game & solve math problems to progress
The user can also play the interactive game and this is an enjoyable break from the reading. In order to progress, it is important to collect batteries (to power up) and smoke alarms. This is followed by a math problem (which includes addition, subtraction, multiplication etc.) which needs to be solved to move onto the next level.
For parents and educators
This app includes a section for parents & educators. Parents can download free fire safety resources from the website to further improve the child’s knowledge. There is also a list of games (for children as young as 3) that include Sparky the Fire Dog ® and other engaging characters.
Teachers can incorporate the app into the classroom to enable students to learn about fire safety while also honing literacy and maths skills. The materials range from PDF worksheets to fun music videos by award-winning kids’ bands StevenSongs and Recess Monkey. Both parents/educators and kids will find the experience of this app incredibly beneficial and entertaining- ensuring that Sparky the Fire Dog® will be a hero to many.
The App doesn’t work properly on my phone needs update. The story is too zoomed in,can barely read along.
Not so great 4. Little phones
On a tablet it would work better but on my iPhone SE it is to zoomed in
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- 133.6 MB
- Requires iOS 5.1.1 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 5.1.1 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 5.1.1 or later.
- Age Rating
- 4+, Made for Ages 6–8
- © Copyright 2014 National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Quincy, Mass. All rights reserved. Sparky® and Sparky the Fire Dog® are registered trademarks of the National Fire Protection Association.