The user can explore the hospital’s maternity ward, animal hospital, optometrist, pediatrician, gift shop, cafeteria, surgeon’s wing, etc. Objects can be moved around by touching them and dragging them to a new location. The user can also drag items onto one of the characters to have them hold or interact with it. Characters can be added to the scenes such as expecting mothers, animals, sick patients, doctors, etc.
The app does not have any objectives, rewards, or requirements, meaning that children can truly explore the environment as free play. Central Hospital Stories is free to download but several areas in the game require purchase of the full app. It is available now on iOS and Android.
Flexibility: Trying something new.
Sandbox games like Central Hospital Stories allow children to explore an environment freely without worrying about goals, strategy, or an endgame. Because of the free play nature of the app, children can practice their flexibility skills by exploring spaces in the game and trying something new. Within the different areas of the game, the user can click on objects to open them or turn them on. Items can be dragged and dropped elsewhere as well, creating a digital playhouse where your child can create their own scenarios.
Self-Awareness: Understanding our own actions, thoughts and feelings.
Free play is one way for children to create their own scenarios involving characters and the settings they are placed in. Young children can practice their self-awareness skills by play acting as several people and creating interactive relationships. By making characters fight, make up, share an object, or have fun together, the child is practicing these interactions in a safe space and learning about how to deal with different real-life scenarios.
Children can also use sandbox games in order to prepare them for new experiences and help them debrief with loved ones about their feelings. If your child is going to the doctor or needs to have surgery or visit someone in the hospital and is nervous, using a sandbox game might help them work through these feelings or see the basic areas of a hospital.
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