My daughter who is 4 ½ is obsessed with her
dollhouse. She'll sit with it for hours and play with the people
and act out all sorts of scenarios. I have such fond memories of
doing the same as a child.
Over the weekend, I was beginning to pack for our spring
break trip and a surprising thing happened. Instead of getting all
excited about packing her plane bag, she got all upset that she was
going to have to leave her dollhouse for a week. Not being
particularly sympathetic but not wanting to fight, I did a quick
search online and found a dollhouse app that I thought might solve
the problem. People, it's amazing! Even though we haven't left yet
she's been playing with it excitedly since I downloaded it on
My PlayHome is a highly interactive
digital dollhouse for the iGeneration. Kids can choose the members
of their pretend family and their ethnicity to create a myriad of
different modern families. Want two moms? Done. Two dads? That's
great too. Kids can move their families around the house and into
different rooms. The characters can fry an egg on the stove, watch
the fish in the living room, turn on a DVD (the TV actually does
turn on and off which is very cool) and they can even play in the
There are also companion stores that you can purchase and
the characters can seamlessly enter an ice cream store and
supermarket, and bring treats, groceries and fruits back to the
house to incorporate into their play. My
PlayHome and companion My
PlayHome Stores are great and encourage
imaginative play and storytelling.
While I would never suggest that this app replace the real
tangible 3D dollhouse experience, this is a great option for trips
and when you're out and about waiting with your kids at the
doctor's office or in a carpool line.
Designed for both iPhone and iPad. My PlayHome is $3.99;
My PlayHome Stores are $1.99.
Chrissy Jones is a local Chicago mom blogger with three children (12,7 & 4). Her blog Beyondthepark.com showcases the best special events, activities, restaurants and products for Chicago families.
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