Play-Doh Touch Shape to Life Studio

Play-Doh Touch Shape to Life Studio

Open a Can of Imagination! Create a world of hands-on adventures and see Play-Doh creations come to life in ways never imagined before. To start, simply download the Play-Doh Touch app, shape a Play-Doh creation, place it on the Shape to Life Studio, and scan it with your tablet or smartphone. The creation will come to life on screen, ready to explore! With the character stampers, create new friends that will unlock their own unique worlds and personalities when scanned into the app. Scan more creations made with the action stampers to see the surprising effects they have on other creations in the app. Keep shaping and scanning more creations with the cutters and tools to customize and enhance the world. Even when the Play-Doh creations go back in the can, save them in the app to play another day. Interactive adventures await! Hasbro, Play-Doh and all related properties are trademarks of Hasbro. Apple and the Apple logo are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc. Google Play and Android are trademarks of Google Inc.

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It's a cute idea, but you cannot build more than one character at a time to interact with. Also, it's sort of a scam in the fact that you have one free activity on the app, and you have to purchase additional activities.

My niece loves this gift! She was so surprised!!

This is so cool!! My daughter who is 5 loves games that you can scan into a app, such as my little ponys, mcdonalds toys etc... So she was super excited for this game.
All my kids love play doh. They are 5, 3 and 1 and we play with play doh almost every day.
This set comes with molds and parents you will need to help the kids cut the shape out perfectly.
My 3 year old tried to make a ั€ัŸโ€˜ยป but she did not cut it out well and when we scanned it it just came out as a blob!
My 5 year old made a octopus but the legs were not cut out so you can see that in the app
My dinasour turned out the best. In the app its eyes and mouth actually move!!
But super easy to scan and easy to play with when on the app.
I included some pics so you can see what it looks like.

When I first started playing around with this set, I had the thought I wished it had come with a little more guidance for its use. It was very easy to master the basics of making characters. You simply use one of the character molds that come with the set (an octopus, a dinosaur, a ghost, etc) and then put them on the included white circle surface, and use the downloadable app to scan them in. It's a little tricky at first to get things lined up, and I didn't notice right away the instructions did say not to make characters out of the white dough, so my ghost wasn't scanning, but once I figured that out, they scanned right in. There are also lots of background figures to scan, like trees and houses and clouds, and you can make your own backgrounds and put them in---I made some letters and was delighted to see them on the screen. There are also action stamps to scan, like a butterfly for flying and a note for music.

What at first felt like a flaw turned out to be what I really like about this set. There is not a lot of instruction on how to use the app. You figure it out as you go along. You move your character around, and discover various points that make new things happen. You find virtual Playdoh cans that suggest scanning in things like a star or house, and when you do, they do something fun, like make the figure big or make all kinds of them. Characters can open portals to new areas to explore. I played around with this for a good long time and kept finding surprises, and making new objects with new colors to see what would happen. That is just how a creative toy should work, and it's hard to do that with techology, but this succeeds. It doesn't hold your child to a strict structure. They are inspired to try new things and make new objects and combinations.

Just a few things to remember. If you have a young child, they will probably need your help installing the app, and then figuring out how to position the camera so the scanning works correctly. Characters like the ghost add features like eyes once they are scanned, so if your child has already put eyes on, they might be frustrated that their eyes get obscured, but that's not a big deal---you can work around it.

Like most Playdoh sets, this came with a generous amount of accessories, and 7 mini cans of Playdoh, although of course you can use your own other Playdoh too.

If you have a child who loves Playdoh, or a child who spends a lot of time on an iPad or phone, and you would like them to do something creative with that time, this is a great bet! I'd say it would work best for a child around 6 to 10 years, although that may vary with your own children, of course. Have fun!

This was a very special reward for my 4-year-old daughter and it did not disappoint! On its own, it's a decent Play-Doh toy with lots of colors and cutters, but the real point of this toy is the app that goes along with it. Installed on an iphone or ipad, the app lets you scan in your own creations (whether made from the preset shapes included or completely unique creations) and import them into very customizable video world.

The animation is cleanest when you use the included shapes, but it also does a pretty amazing job with fully custom creations--as long as you shoot them in clear (unshadowy) bright light and follow a few rules.

Special note: my daughter's ipad is my 2011 iPad 2, which the software warns is not a supported device (recommends 4 and above), so the issues I had with the camera may not happen with your newer device, at least not in bright light, because the 2's camera is comparatively pretty cruddy. But despite not being a supported device, it worked really well, and even custom creations scanned really nicely in bright natural light. And frankly, even the bad scans were perfectly good enough to more than satisfy a 4-year-old, though a 6-8 ear old might be more particular. Good news if you've got an old device you want to hand down, because if you up the app on your own, you might have more pleas to share than you want to grant.

The following guidelines will help if you're using an older device, and may not matter for a newer one: If you're using a strong overhead light, the hard shadows cast will be scanned in as additional shapes, ruining the look of your creations. Bright indirect lighting (overall room lighting or natural light) works best. Use white play-doh judiciously, or, it might be read as an eyeball, or not scan at all. For instance, we made a fried egg creature, and initially, the camera just captured him as a yellow circle (the white background was lost & we ended up with just a yolk. When we outlined the white with a thin outline of colored Play-doh rope, the camera got the whole egg, but depending on the angle of the shot, captured the large white area with the round colored center as a giant eyeball, so we ended up with a walking eyeball instead of a walking egg. By playing with the position of the yolk, we were able to fix it. Now, if you *want* eyeballs, this is a great feature. Adding white circles with contrasting dots inside means that the software will automatically treat them as eyes, and suddenly your 2D creature will be a 3D creature with eyes that blink and look around! It's awesome. Similarly, the software can read arms and legs, and your creature's legs will scuttle along as he runs, and his arms will wave around. It's really fun!

Besides making animated characters with our play-doh sculptures, the app world lets you customize the settings and colors of the world and has lots of hidden features and tricks to discover and play with. Kids who like to follow rules and instructions will like making and scanning the requested shapes, and kids who like to wing can also do their own thing. It's a very freeform app. And I have to warn that it's equally fun & addictive for parents. :)

For reference, my 4-year-old was able to discover and operate all the basics with very little guidance. She plays simple kiddie games and takes pictures with an ipad, but doesn't get a ton of screen time. An older kid could probably do some really amazing tricks we've yet to discover.

As a sidenote, I don't think you necessarily need this kit, though it is a cool kit with lots of colors and a handy suitcase-style storage box. It looks like if you download the app, you can do the same with your own play-doh on a white background.

my 8 year old grandson has really enjoyed this and I have too. We have created some real characters. It takes a little experimenting to figure out what all can be done. He tried scanning other things too and they worked with the animation. It kept him away from the computer games for two hours. He was fascinated by his creation and kept inventing more. Hoping to get him into some programing down the road and hope this will be the beginning of an interest. At first I thought he might be too old for this, but we both have had great fun with it. For younger children some parental help definitely needed.

This is actually very cool. I got one of these sets thru a donorschoose project for my classroom. The app is free to download. The characters that come with the set unlock new worlds in the game. So one set for the class to share works fine. When they add a character they share the platform and cookie cutter shapes. You can actually just use playdoh on white paper too with the free app, but the characters need to be unlocked with the cookie cutters from the set for extended play. Best app I have seen yet. The students love it.

My 4 year old absolutely loves this set. He loves creating all these fun characters and watching them come to life on our ipad. It is a great addition to any child's Play-Doh collection. After you receive your Shape to Life Studio, you need to download an App, unfortunately not available at the time of my purchase for Kindle so I downloaded on my Ipad. He was able to play immediately with barely any direction from me. I just did it once and he picked it up.quickly. Great product, great fun!

This is an awesome mixture of tech and physical.
Play-Doh is just wonderful - with the smell that takes you right back to your childhood! But now its interactive! You build things, and they scan into a game (software free to download) but there are special stamps in this set, that give your characters special powers - its very cool! And very clever. Boys and Girls alike love this (in my small test group!) and for those who are not comfortable with tech, this helps to bridge that gap.

My 5 year old daughter likes it. Very nice that you can use it with Ipad. Wish she could use it on her Amazon Fire too.

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