Microsoft helped a group of kids bring their monster friends to life with Paint 3D

Microsoft has invited local schoolchildren to its London office to help them create monsters using Paint 3D.

The event coincided with a partnership between the technology firm and John Lewis, in which kids could win a Microsoft Surface device for their school by creating a creature inspired by the high street retailer’s Christmas advert.

John Lewis’ two-minute advert tells the story of a little boy called Joe, who is kept awake by a 7ft imaginary monster called Moz living under his bed. The two form a friendship and play together every evening, but staying awake through the night starts to take its toll on Joe, who can hardly keep his eyes open during the day. For Christmas, Joe receives the perfect gift of a night light, which helps him finally get some peace and quiet from Moz, and a good night’s sleep. Just as you think the ad has come to a close, Joe turns the light off and hears the familiar rumblings of his friend and is reminded that he can bring Moz back any time he thinks of him.

To mark the tie-up, Microsoft showed a group of schoolchildren how to bring their monsters to life. Click the circles to find out what happened: