- cultural understanding
- making new creations
ProsHighly interactive, open-ended dollhouse lets kids create custom families.
ConsNon-standard families can be created, but not saved.
Bottom LineEngaging, interactive free play sets the bar for the genre.
Common Sense Reviewer
Kids love a dollhouse, especially when family members (virtually) run water in the tub and fry eggs on the stove. Highly interactive with plenty of replay value as kids discover new things to do and objects with which to interact.
Kids are empowered to explore and might learn to tell stories by making up situations. Diversity in ethnicity and types of families is evident. With adult help, kids can learn home-related vocabulary.
When kids are done playing, they can reset items in the home so it's ready for the next session.
This is a perfect quiet time activity for indoor recess. It can also be used to facilitate storytelling exercises and to help kids understand and communicate about regular household routines (taking a bath, brushing teeth, putting on pajamas, and more).Read More Read Less
My PlayHome is an open-ended virtual dollhouse with plenty for kids to explore. They start by creating a virtual family. Virtual dolls come in three generic skin tones/ethnicities - Caucasian, Asian, and African American. Kids can mix and match adult men and women, girls, boys, and babies to create any type of family (two moms, three girls, no kids, and so on). Each character (age/gender/skin tone combination) can only be used once, so no identical twins. The app will only save a standard family combination of man, woman, girl, boy, and baby, however.
Kids can explore a house full of interactive spots and fun things to play with. The house includes a living room, kitchen, bathroom, kids' bedroom, parents' bedroom, dressing room, and garden/swingset. Those who have downloaded My PlayHome Store can access that from inside this app as well. Items in the house are interactive - characters can drink, eat (a carrot will show bite marks and eventually disappear), turn on the radio, bounce a ball, brush their teeth, and dig up items in the garden. Players who visit My PlayHome Store can actually "purchase" (no real money is exchanged) groceries, clothes, and ice cream and bring them back into this app.Read More Read Less
My PlayHome isn't a traditional learning app with math, reading, or science activities. But it's a great tool for helping kids tell stories, express themselves, use their imaginations, and explore. If you value a dress-up area, dollhouse, or similar items in your classroom, this will meet a similar need with easier clean up. (A "Tidy House" button reverts items to their original state.)Read More Read Less
See how teachers are using My PlayHome
- Simple but fun, open-ended dollhouse for young kidsJoanna S.
Carolina Friends School
Durham, NC4December 31, 2013