Using My PlayHome for talking about pictures

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playhomeI love this app. Since discovering it a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been using it with a number of children at preschool. It has a range of different scenes, each with moveable characters and objects and decent sound effects e.g. in the kitchen scene you can open cupboards, turn taps on and off and put pizza in the oven. And it works on a wider range of vocabulary than I can ever quite achieve by getting a box of toys together.

The free version of the app (My PlayHome Lite) has two scenes which give you plenty to work with. You can, however, upgrade it for £2.49 to upload lots more scenes and there’s also a shops version for £1.49 which I haven’t tried.

Suggestions for using at home:

  • Tell your child that you are going to create a story together.
  • Choose a scene (e.g.  the kitchen scene) and agree on names for the characters (Mummy, Daddy etc. often works better than actual names depending on your child’s level of language).
  • Make a character do an action and talk about what is happening e.g. “The Mummy opened the fridge”. “She poured a glass of juice”. “She drank the juice”. You can make the actions as complex or simple as you like.
  • Ask your child to tell you what happens next and then carry out the action.
  • Swap roles and tell your child what happens next. By doing this, your child has a chance to listen and follow instructions as well as talking about what is happening.
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