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Hands-on with Play-Doh Touch, the app that brings kids’ creations to life

November 18, 2016
in Kids

Play-Doh has come to the iPad. With the newly launched toy set for kids, Play-Doh Touch Shape to Life Studio, Hasbro has made a solid attempt at bringing the joy of Play-Doh to digital through an iOS app that brings kids’ creations to life. But the combination of physical play and digital is not a skill set that’s easily mastered even by top kids’ brands — just ask Disney Infinity. And while Play-Doh itself holds up as the engaging and fun toy it’s been for decades, the Play-Doh Touch app fails to amuse after only a few minutes. On paper, Play-Doh Touch sounds intriguing. The idea is that kids can use Play-Doh to create as always – using scissors, stamps and molds – then place their resulting creations on a white surface where they’re scanned and ported into a digital world where they’ll actually come to life. That means you can create a cute green dinosaur, for example, then see him begin to hop around on the screen. Clever, right? You can try Play-Doh Touch on its own just by downloading the app from the App Store, then using the Play-Doh you already have around the house to test it out. However, the $40 Play-Doh Touch Shape to Life Studio offers everything you need to get started, including seven cans of the modeling compound, 10 character and action stamps, plus tools and 15 cutters. There’s also the “Shape to Life Studio” itself, which is really just a white plastic platform where you place kids’ creations before snapping your photo. Though the kit...

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