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    Crayola helps bring animation to a kid's made-up story.

    When I stopped by the Crayola booth at Toy Fair 2017, the first question I asked was "does Crayola still make crayons?" Yes, they do. But over the years they sure have branched out into all sorts of fun creation devices for kids. One of the newest on display was the Crayola Magic Scene Creator. As you'll hear in the video, the spokesperson says that kids love to make up stories and this new fun toy can help bring their stories to 'life'. It comes with 70 motion cards and six markers. The motion cards can be things like the sky, the ocean, etc., or animals, butterflies and other things kids relate to. The motion cards appear stationery just before you place them on the Magic Scene Creator. But once on the back-lit device they appear to be animated. By today's standards it's not a lot of animation, but I think very young kids will think it's magic. Kids can use the included markers to draw on the screen or even the moving images. When they're done they can erase what you've drawn on the screen with a dry or damp cloth. There's room to store the markers and motion cards in the back of the Magic Scene Creator. It should start to appear in stores in July, 2017, and sell for less than $20. 

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