September 16th is National Play-Doh Day—celebrating the anniversary of Play-Doh!
Did you know that Play-Doh was originally created to be used as wallpaper cleaner? In 1933, a soap manufacturer in Cincinnati developed a non-toxic, putty-like formula for cleaning coal residue from wallpaper.
But after the introduction of washable, vinyl-based wallpaper, the need for this type of cleaner decreased. In the mid 50’s, after noticing that children enjoyed playing with the putty, a school teacher suggested marketing it as a toy.
Since Play-Doh’s official launch in 1956, over 950 million pounds of this beloved modelling compound have been squished, rolled, and sculpted—a kid-favourite and staple in both preschools and playrooms!
Aside from being a fantastic creative outlet, Play-Doh helps develop fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and dexterity. It also makes a great sensory toy!
Open up a world of possibilities and create outside the can! Here are a few crafty ideas for adding even more squishy fun to Play-Doh play!