Homes by Tinybop

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Explore homes around the world in impressive detail.

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age 3+
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Educational Value

Kids can learn about other cultures around the world. They'll see what their homes look like, inside and out, and what they eat. They'll also be able to make inferences about the people based on what they see in the homes: how they spend free time, how they do chores, and the conveniences they enjoy. The handbook offers more detail about the homes, the culture, and the architecture as well as through-provoking questions that parents can use as learning tools. Using the tags in different languages, kids also can practice learning another language or develop their vocabulary. Homes by Tinybop uses free exploration and gorgeous design to help kids discover that there are many ways to make a home.

Ease of Play

No instructions by design, so kids explore and discover on their own. Controls can be tricky for little hands.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language

Farting noises in bathrooms. Sound effects can be turned off.

Consumerism

Small link to other apps by Tinybop on start screen.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Homes by Tinybop takes kids on interactive tours of homes around the world, introducing them to how other people live, eat, sleep, and play. It's all a discovery process with no instructions or objectives, so kids are free to explore and learn on their own, interacting with items in each home. A virtual handbook provides information about each home and the part of the world where it's usually found. Change the settings, and items will be identified in English, Spanish, French, Chinese, or German, with more than 50 languages available in Preferences.

User Reviews

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Parent Written byANeely May 1, 2015

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What's it about?

Starting from a world map, kids choose a home in the United States, Guatemala, Yemen, or Mongolia to explore. They can view the home from the outside or get an X-ray-like view of the interior and then enter and explore each part of the home by tapping where they want to go. Kids will see the types of foods the people who live in the different homes eat, even getting to prepare some of it. They can explore bathrooms -- some aren't inside! -- and see how laundry is done. Kids are free to explore and discover with no rules or objectives, or parents can use the handbook in the dashboard section for background information or to reveal some of the interactive elements.

Is it any good?

The message -- there are many ways to make a home -- is lovely. The cultural education that kids will get is important. The fun and surprising interactive features are engaging. But it's the attention to detail that really amazes. Subtle background noises hint as to what's going on around each home, from sirens and honking cars in the Brooklyn brownstone to chirping crickets and singing birds in the Guatemalan adobe home. The interactive features seem almost endless -- kids can wash dishes, read books, play with toys, sew clothes, prepare food, play records, use the bathroom, and more. It's not perfect, though: Controls can be a bit tricky, especially for little hands, so kids may miss some of the fun and learning.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the different homes are similar to and different from their homes.

  • As kids explore each home, ask them questions about what they observe. What kind of climate might this home be in? Are the homes spread apart with lots of space or close together? 

  • Check out the handbook included in the dashboard for more information about each home and the interactive features in the app.

App details

For kids who love exploring

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