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New App Turns Play-Doh Creations Into Animated Characters
Play-Doh creations come to life in ways never imagined before (CCSS Level: Grade 7, Words: 434)
Nov 3, 2016 Culture & Entertainment
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Many of us, growing up, experienced the modeling compound commonly known as Play-Doh. The soft, squishy material is ideal for kids of all ages to make everything from a dinosaur to a rocket ship. However with the coming of the tablet and smartphone, many kids are more likely to experience virtual toys rather than real, hands-on play. Hasbro, the company that now makes Play-Doh, is trying to bridge that gap with their new "Shape to Life" app.

The chances that a kid's Play-Doh octopus survives longer than ten minutes are rather slim. Unless, that is, it is preserved forever inside Hasbro's new app that turns even the most basic of creatures into a digital animated character.

To get started, users just download the Play-Doh Touch app, then kids can shape a Play-Doh creation, place it on a white background, and scan it with a tablet or smartphone. The creation then comes to life on screen, ready to explore! Kids can unlock their own unique worlds and personalities within the app. Its all quite pointless, but great fun nevertheless. Even when the Play-Doh creation goes back into the can, the game can be saved to play again another day.

The app is available online for free, and really only needs a white piece of paper to serve as a neutral background for photographing Play-Doh creations. Actually there's no reason non-Play-Doh objects can't be brought into the game as well. If a kid has a favorite tiny toy they'd like to import, just stick it in front of the camera. There's no online sharing available, so you can't forward the works of a budding Michelangelo to grandma. There is also additional content, such as six extra scenes, that will only be available as paid upgrades.

Once inside the app, a kid's Play-Doh creation can be used to explore different worlds, jump over obstacles and attempt to collect power-ups, a bit like a Super Mario level.

Footnote: In case you weren't brought up with Play-Doh, it is a modeling material used by young children for art and craft projects at home and in school. Made from flour, water, salt, boric acid, and mineral oil, the product was first manufactured in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States, as a wallpaper cleaner in the 1930s. It became a children's play product only by accident, after a teacher complained that real clay was too hard for young kids to shape. Since then it is estimated that kids have played with over 300 million kilograms of Play-Doh.

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