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My PlayHome Stores

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Kids are encouraged to shop at this virtual plaza.

What parents need to know

Educational value

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.

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
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Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

Ads for the developer's other apps appear between locations.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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. 

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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
Subjects:Language & Reading: storytelling
Skills:Creativity: imagination
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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