My PlayHome Hospital

App review by
Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Playful visit to the hospital can prep for the real thing.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn about hospitals, what they might see there, and what types of experiences might occur (riding in a wheelchair, wearing an oxygen mask, getting a shot). They can also use their imaginations and flex their storytelling muscles. Some adult guidance will help younger kids make the most out of their time since they may not know what many of the medical objects are or what they're for. Kids can tell their own stories about going to the hospital or doctor and can express their concerns through interacting with the dolls. My PlayHome Hospital offers kids many fun opportunities for creative play and gives them a non-threatening way to explore what a visit to the hospital might be like.

Ease of Play

Controls are intuitive and simple, but some of the items, such as the syringes, require tricky fine motor skills.

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Sexy Stuff
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Consumerism

When kids "leave" the hospital, they can navigate the neighborhood where there are ads for publisher's other apps.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The hospital contains working syringes.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that My PlayHome Hospital is the fourth in the series of open-ended dollhouse-style apps from the same publisher including My PlayHome, My PlayHome Stores, and My PlayHome School. This one focuses entirely on a hospital experience and may be helpful for kids who will be having surgery, getting a shot or an X-ray, or visiting someone in the hospital to role-play in advance or to talk about their experiences later. There are syringes in different colors that can be used to administer shots as well as medicine bottles that may prompt a conversation about using medicine only when one is sick and it's provided by a parent or doctor. Because this app integrates with the other apps, kids can move among all the experiences if they have the other apps on their device. Read the privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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Teen, 17 years old Written byTijan June 12, 2016

What's it about?

MY PLAYHOME HOSPITAL introduces kids to a hospital/medical setting. Starting at a reception desk, kids can choose from a variety of diverse characters and take a wheelchair to head to the ER or X-ray room or check in for a longer stay. They can visit the gift shop to "buy" balloons, flowers, cards, and stuffed animals. There's a little cafeteria for meals, or they can buy snacks and coffee from one of the two vending machines. With so many characters, there's plenty to do: Add bandages, give shots, dress up in hospital gowns or lab coats, put on an oxygen mask, replace the IV fluid bags, check the patient charts, and print out documents. They can even take X-rays of any body part and print them out for better diagnosis. For emergencies, they can hop into the ambulance and turn on the lights and sirens. If kids have other apps from the series, they can continue to play in a house, school, or store as well. When kids are done playing, the "Tidy Up" button on the main screen sets everything back to normal. 

Is it any good?

A fantastic addition to the series, it allows kids to role-play the often-scary experience of staying in or visiting a hospital with a set of diverse digital "dolls." It has all the interactive experiences kids have come to expect from the series, including the ability to move items among the apps as characters move through different life experiences. In this case, a family might come home from the hospital with a new baby, a bouquet of flowers, and a baby bottle. This one may require a bit more parental support to explain what some of the items are and what they do, but kids will have a lot of fun exploring all the different rooms and interactive items and can work through any fear they may have about hospitals.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why some types of screen time are "better" than others. How does My PlayHome Hospital connect to your real-life experiences? Can you tell a story about going to the doctor or the hospital using the dolls and items in the app?

  • Discuss the sights and sounds of a real hospital, including shots and medicine. When do we need shots and pills? Is there anything in the hospital that you have questions about?

  • Take play offscreen and use a toy doctor's kit to continue to encourage your kid's imagination.

App details

For kids who love preschool apps

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