My PlayHome School

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Magical free-play school appeals to a wide audience.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to script their own play experiences and explore cause and effect. There also is the opportunity to introduce younger kids to the concept of school, what it will look like, and what they can expect to see and do throughout the day. With minimal constraints and no pre-set expectations, My PlayHome School gives kids the space to let their imaginations run free.

Ease of Play

There's nothing challenging about navigating this app, and kids can freely explore without fear of making mistakes.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that My PlayHome School is part of a collection of similar dollhouse-style apps that includes My PlayHome and My PlayHome Stores. Kids who own all three can move seamlessly among them without exiting, and if a character is holding an object in one app, it will stay with him or her in the transition to the others. A character can bring home a backpack with books or wear a silly costume to school. As with the other apps, kids can mix and match from a variety of characters (man, woman, girl, boy, baby) in five hair/skin colors and ethnicities. My PlayHome School adds an extra male character and two additional women to help populate the different rooms in the school. 

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What's it about?

MY PLAYHOME SCHOOL is like a virtual dollhouse set in a school. Kids will find a front desk, two classrooms, a music room/stage, a science lab, two bathrooms, a janitor closet, and a cafeteria. Add children, adults, and babies to any of the scenes to create stories in a highly interactive environment. Grab a tray and plate in the cafeteria, choose different foods, and pour drinks. Feed the characters by holding food in front of their mouths. Head into the lab and mix chemicals to create reactions -- don't forget to give everyone their safety goggles! In the classroom hand out books and pencils, put away backpacks, and write notes on the blackboard. Before heading "home," put everything away into backpacks for the students. If a character is holding an object when you switch rooms, or even apps, the objects go with him or her into the new environment. A "Clean Up" button easily returns everything to where it belongs. When paired with the other two apps in the series, kids can enjoy a seamless virtual world.

Is it any good?

My PlayHome School is a fantastic addition to the My PlayHome series. It pairs wonderful interactivity with an environment that always engages the imagination of young kids. Even digital natives should be impressed by how much they can do and explore. Kids have the freedom to choose the characters they want and to shape the play without a lot of restrictions. When paired with the other apps in the series, it becomes even more magical, allowing kids to move characters and objects among the various environments. Although this is a wonderful introductory app for younger players, even older kids can enjoy the pretend play experience.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about real or anticipated school experiences: What is real school like? Is it similar to or different from the game?

  • Have kids tell stories about their characters. What's happening in the scene? What are the characters doing and feeling?

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