My PlayHome Stores
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that My PlayHome Stores is a virtual shopping plaza where kids can "buy" groceries, clothing, ice cream, and other items using money from a virtual ATM. A sequel to the popular My PlayHome, this app pairs with the original in a seamless way (characters can move back and forth between the two), so expect kids to want both. At launch, the app has four shops, but the publisher is known for its free (and substantial) updates.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
Engagement, Approach, Support
With so many opportunities to do grown-up things (scoop ice cream, weigh veggies, scan groceries, use an ATM), kids are bound to have fun. The app still needs a few more shops and experiences, but it's a good start.
Although these aren't formal learning games, kids will relate to the activities and connect them to their daily lives as they select from a range of shops and characters and follow their interests.
No data is produced or collected, nor is data collection necessary. It would be a plus, however, if there was an in-game way to save scenes or take pictures.
What's it about?
MY PLAYHOME STORES is a virtual shopping area for the My PlayHome characters. The original app isn't required, but this one is more fun when paired with it. Kids can shop at a clothing store, an ice cream shop, a produce market, and a grocery store. There are clothes to try on, ice cream cones and frozen drinks to serve, smoothies to make, and groceries to scan and bag. An ATM ensures that characters always have virtual cash on hand. The best part? All items purchased in My PlayHome Stores appear with the characters when kids open My PlayHome.
Is it any good?
Like My PlayHome, My PlayHome Stores is an engaging, interactive experience. Kids will enjoy exploring all the areas to see what they can make, buy, and do. The integration with My PlayHome feels magical, and it's especially fun for kids to mix up their own smoothies or frozen drink flavors before drinking them with a straw. With only four stores, the experience feels limited, but the publisher has significantly updated My PlayHome over time (for free), so we can probably expect to see this one grow as well. Fans of the original app won't want to miss this one, but the original is a better starting place for those new to the series.
Families can talk about...
Sit with your children as they play, and ask questions about what they're doing.
Create your own stories about what's happening.
Connect in-app experiences to real-life experiences.