September 13, 2023 2 min read

Celebrating National
Play-Doh Day

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!

Use Kitchen Utensils

Play with kid-safe kitchen utensils, like a rolling pin, potato masher, ice cream scooper, and anything else lyin' around!

Discover new ways to mold and shape, knead some play food, and become a renowned Play-Doh chef!

Learning to use a variety of kitchen tools can also teach little ones about food prep—and maybe even inspire a love for cooking and healthy eating habits!

Incorporate Craft Supplies

Take it to the next level! Add craft supplies like glitter, paper, pipe cleaners—and once dry, paint!

Use toothpicks to build sculptures and experiment with shapes and structures—then squish to start over!

DIY Decorations

Make holidays, birthdays, and seasonal celebrations that much more exciting with personalized Play-Doh decorations!

Shape the clay into ornaments, let them dry, then add finishing touches with paint and artful accents!

A great party activity; kids'll love creating and taking home their customized party favour!

What will you imagine today?

Written by Melania Fedyna, Senior Copywriter & Voice of Play

Melania Fedyna
Melania Fedyna

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