A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids explore creativity and pretend play as they explore and create stories using different characters and scenes. Developing multiple characters can encourage them to practice role-playing and try on different identities. The create function lets kids express themselves in new ways. And kids can practice following directions as they complete the mini-recipes.
Kids have some variety of skin tones to choose from when creating new characters and some representations of different cultural events. But, there's little diversity in the pre-designed characters and not all kids will be able to create new characters that look like them.
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Ease of Play
Exploring the virtual world is easy, but the semi-guided activities can be confusing. The process for creating your own drawings and scenes is complicated and doesn't always work well.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
This virtual dollhouse offers some unique opportunities for interaction and creativity, even if some of the features don't always work all that well. Lila's World:Create Play Learn resembles many of the other, popular virtual dollhouse apps in that it has a variety of settings and characters to choose from, and tiny props to move around. Though the choices for settings, characters, and props aren't quite as extensive as they might be in other apps, Lila's World:Create Play Learn has a few features kids may find interesting. First, the play setting comes with a back-story, which may help inspire some kids as they use their imagination to continue the story. Second, there are some small opportunities for interaction such as planting seeds and watering them to see a strawberry plant grow, or following a simple recipe card to make strawberry jam. This adds an extra element to kids' pretend play and may be more exciting for some them than simply moving characters and props around. Finally, kids can create their own drawings on paper and include them in the virtual setting. This process is pretty finicky, so it may end up being more frustrating than satisfying. But, when it works, it's pretty cool to play with your own drawing. One major downside, however, is the pay model. It's not clear why Lila's World:Create Play Learn needs to be on a subscription rather than a one-time fee for download. Another is that more diverse representations would help more kids see themselves -- and their loved ones -- in the experience.That said, kids who particularly enjoy creating stories and engaging in pretend play may really enjoy this app.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.