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(Pocket-lint) - We had Etch A Sketch as kids, today children have iPads, and hoping to take advantage of that is WowWee, which has created the ArtSee Studio.

Put simply, the ArtSee Studio  is a bolt-on accessory for the iPad that allows kids to create interactive art at the press of a button - or more accurately, at the swipe of a bit of plastic.  

Using similar technology to that found in Mattel's Apptivity range of toys (rubber pads on a plastic stamp positioned in such a way that the app can recognise it), the new art desk clips around your iPad and comes with a number of "stamps" that create patterns, music, animation and special effects on screen in the accompanying free app.

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Kids are also encouraged to use the included stylus as a pencil, crayon, marker or paintbrush before using the stamps to take it to the next level.

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In practice and it looks great fun, as we found out at the New York Toy Fair. You can draw a picture and then add animation and music with a couple of swipes with the stamps.

Children will be able either to start with a blank canvas or chose one of several pre-loaded scenes with accompanying assets such as vehicles or under the sea - we especially liked the dolphins and octopuses.

There are more than 75 animated stamp variations, 15 roller patterns, three built-in theme packs, 60 challenging activities in five games, and more than 15 colouring pages to keep them entertained - surely enough for even long journeys.

Even better, the ArtSee Studio doesn’t cost a fortune either, because there aren't any moving parts. Yours for $29.99 when it hits the shops this summer. 

Writing by Stuart Miles. Originally published on 16 April 2013.