My PlayHome Stores

 
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Learning(i)

Kids are encouraged to shop at this virtual plaza.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Kids will find navigation easy, although it may be challenging for young hands to move the objects on a smaller screen, as with a phone.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

The privacy policy is short, sweet, and easy to read. No personal information is collected, and there are no third-party advertisers collecting information.

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

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • storytelling

Skills

Creativity

  • imagination

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

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.

Learning Approach

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.

Support

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • storytelling

Skills

Creativity

  • imagination

Kids can learn as they explore and interact with a virtual retail world, connect household errands (grocery shopping, using an ATM, and so on) with activities in the app, and understand how their community functions. With parental support, they also can practice storytelling and self-expression. This virtual, interactive community offers preschoolers many fun opportunities for creative play.

This Learning Rating review was written by Christy Matte

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
Price:$1.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:November 23, 2013
Category:Role Playing Games
Size:108.00 MB
Publisher:Shimon Young
Version:1.1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3, Android 2.3

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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