Spatter and Spark


Developed by:Polk Street Press LLC


Ages 4-6 
Spatter the porcupine is an artist who sees the beauty of the world around him and wants to share it with others. His friend, Spark the fox, loves to create inventions and solve problems— though as kids will discover, sometimes her inventions might cause more problems than they solve! Despite their differences, Spatter and Spark are best friends because they appreciate each other’s strengths and rely on one-another for help when they need it. (Developer)

Get Ready

Prepare to use the app by introducing this activity:

Story Theme: Being UniqueExplain to your child that this is a story is about a friendship between two very different and wonderfully unique pals. Spatter, the artist porcupine, and Spark, the inventive fox, help each other to reach a goal. Ask your child to name a playmate of their's and compare how they are unique (or different). Guide them to focus not on physical attributes but on a special talent, interest, or achievement, i.e., My friend Brody likes to climb trees and I like to build forts.

Dive In

Help your child get the most out of an app experience by trying the following activities:

  1. Introduction to the Keyword: Rube Goldberg MachineSpark creates lots of inventions for simple everyday tasks, in an overly-complicated way, that is known as Rube Goldberg Machine. The name Rube Goldberg Machine was coined after the American cartoonist and inventor by the same name. The effect is achieved by using many different parts, put together in an over the top way to create a chain reaction. As you read through the book, your child can interact with the app to engage the many different inventions Spark has created.  
  2. Creativity Time:Spatter invites your child to color the bouncy shoes with his glitter paints. This is a nice touch to give your child some free creativity time and to see the results of their artistry on the next page! 

Branch Out

Extend the app experience with these real life activities. 

  1. Cause and EffectTo explain the phrase "cause and effect", gather some dominoes, cereal boxes, or hardbound books and set them upright in a line, spaced apart to start a chain reaction from one end to the other.
  2. Rube Goldberg Time!Now let the creativity fun around the house begin! Gather your supplies and the family and create you own Rube Goldberg machine. 

Here are suggested materials that you can use to create your machine: 

  • dominoes 
  • books 
  • marbles 
  • train/car tracks 
  • balls 
  • cups 
  • paper towel/toilet paper tubes 
  • blocks 
  • popsicle sticks 
  • string & tape 
  • wind up toys 
  • anything else you can think of, let your creativity flow!