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The app provides an engaging way to get kids talking about their feelings, their families, their communities, and their lives, and can be used to inspire them to create oral or picture stories about their experiences as well. Kids will also enjoy this during indoor recess or as a station choice.Continue reading Show less
My PlayHome Stores, the sequel to My PlayHome, is a virtual shopping plaza. Characters can visit a clothing store, ice cream shop, produce market, and grocery store. Each shop has lots to do from trying on clothes, to making fruit smoothies, to scanning groceries. Kids will recognize the activities from their experiences as errand tag-alongs. At launch, there are four shops to explore, as well as an ATM that dispenses virtual cash. Keen-eyed kids will also find a mischievous mouse scurrying about. Kids can navigate between the two apps by heading out into the street toward the house/shops. Items purchased in the shops are transported with the characters back to the house.
This app isn't designed to teach kids to read or do math. Instead, it's a role-playing tool kids can use to explore lfe skills and community workers, practice storytelling, and communicate about their daily lives. The open-ended nature is compelling for kids, and they can easily tie the activities to their own life experiences. Characters show ethnic diversity (three skin tones) and some age diversity (baby, child, adult). My PlayHome Stores isn't goal-oriented, so there are no objectives, rewards, or tracking mechanisms.
Key Standards Supported
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on kindergarten reading and content.