ABC launches new PLAY SCHOOL iPad app

Macworld Australia Staff
27 November, 2011
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Press Release

25 November 2011 – Children will be able to interact with the world of Play School like never before with the new Play School Art Maker iPad app designed and created by ABC Innovation and ABC Children’s Multiplatform, in collaboration with Play School.

Aimed at 2 to 6 year-olds, the app is fun and easy to use. It encourages imagination and creativity through pictures, animated movies and story slideshows using the popular Play School toys and hand-made craft items from the iconic TV series.

It also focuses on audio guidance (voiced by current presenters Karen Pang and Alex Papps) allowing children to use it with little need for direction from their parent or carer.

The app will allow children to;

  • Create pictures with a choice of eight fun backgrounds
    A range of Play School toys, animals, objects and craft items can be added to make a picture. Or the user can upload a photo from their own album as a background, bringing Play School into their world.
  • Animate a Play School movie
    Pictures, objects and selected noise functions can be made into an animated movie at the tap of a button.
  • Make a story slideshow
    Create more complex story sequences in the ‘Make a Story’ section where the user can link up to eight different pictures and movies in a slideshow.
  • Catch-up on Play School episodes
    Watch an array of Play School episodes when connected to the internet.
    Note: This feature can be disabled
  • Information section for parents

Controller of ABC’s Multiplatform Production, Arul Baskaran, said: “The Play School Art Maker app connects ABC TV’s iconic children’s show with the latest interactive technology. The app is beautifully designed and very tactile, resulting in a delightful new experience.”

The Play School Art Marker app is free and once installed no internet connection is required to make pictures, movies and story slideshows.

Download the app now at

* The Play School iPad Art Maker app is also being released internationally and will be free for a limited time.

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