A research team are developing a toy that is meant to be cared for and nurtured to cultivate yeast in order to produce homemade bread and teach kids about sustainability.

Foundry, a research team at Mint Digital, is working on a sourdough toy and online game for children. The Tamagotchi-type device has a real-world purpose: to encourage kids to nurture and cultivate yeast so they can make bread.

The team has carried out experimental bread making and extensive taste testing. They have also designed a physical ‘nest’, which houses the vessel that holds the sourdough. This transparent globe has sensors that monitor different variables to track the bread’s progress.

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