Sparky the Fire Dog® – An Informational and Fun Storybook App Developed by Cupcake Digital and
the National Fire Protection Association
The National Fire Protection Association (www.nfpa.org) and Cupcake Digital have introduced a free deluxe storybook app, Sparky’s Birthday Surprise, available on the iTunes App Store, Amazon App Store for Android, Google Play and the Barnes & Noble App Store for NOOKTM. The app is designed to teach kids essential fire safety skills such as what to do if they hear a smoke alarm, how to be safe when cooking, and how to recognize things that may be hot in the kitchen. In the story, it’s Sparky the Fire Dog®’s birthday, and his friends are throwing him a surprise party. Kids will help plan the party as they learn and play with this creative and amusing app.
“As part of our commitment to designing enhanced story apps with an educational purpose, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the NFPA to provide life-saving information in a way that’s fun and easy for kids to digest,” says Cupcake Digital President Susan Miller. “This project has been a labor of love for our team, and has inspired us to continue to work with organizations like NFPA to deliver more apps that provide helpful information for educators, families, and kids in the near future.”
Sparky’s Birthday Surprise is loaded with Cupcake Digital’s high-quality standards for building storybook apps, including an original story with bright graphics, tap-and-play animations, three modes of reading, interactive and educational games that reinforce reading and counting skills, coloring pages, and a unique sing-along animated song.
“NFPA is excited to launch Sparky’s Birthday Surprise, a fun, interactive learning app that enhances the reading experience with life-saving fire safety messages,” said Judy Comoletti, NFPA’s Division Manager – Public Education. “Kids and grown-ups will learn the importance of having working smoke alarms, practicing home fire drills and a designated outside meeting place. The experience will keep kids coming back for more fun activities with Sparky the Fire Dog and his friends.”
Fire Prevention Week is October 6-12, 2013. NFPA is the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week and has made more information available at www.firepreventionweek.org. Parents and children also can visit sparky.org for more fun fire safety activities.
About Cupcake Digital
Cupcake Digital, Inc. was established in June 2012 and has been successfully transforming leading children’s entertainment properties into enhanced story experiences and learn & play apps, giving kids a new opportunity to interact with the characters they love. The Company has created noteworthy, award-winning digital applications based on the Emmy®-winning television series Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!®, The Jim Henson Company’s Fraggle Rock, American Greetings’ Strawberry Shortcake as well as Discovery’s Animal Planet brand. The Company’s apps are consistently top-ranked among children’s book and education apps on the Apple App Store, Amazon, Google Play and the Barnes & Noble NOOK Store. Headquartered in NYC, Cupcake Digital was founded by proven professionals in the fields of technology, family entertainment, publishing and brand marketing, and has received four Parents’ Choice Awards and two Cynopsis Kids !magination Awards. For more information about Cupcake Digital Inc., please visit www.cupcakedigital.com.
About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety. The mission of the international nonprofit organization, founded in 1896, is to reduce the burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed at no cost at www.nfpa.org/freeaccess.
About Sparky the Fire Dog®
Sparky the Fire Dog was created for the NFPA in 1951 and has been the organization’s official mascot and spokesdog ever since. He is a widely recognized fire safety icon who is beloved by children and adults alike. In addition to connecting with the public through educational programs, he has a very active website, sparky.org, which allows kids to explore and learn about fire safety in a safe, interactive environment. Sparky the Fire Dog® is a registered trademark of NFPA