A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
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.
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