Play-Doh was invented by Noah and Joseph McVicker in 1956 and awarded U.S. Patent 3,167,440 in 1965. One of many common products invented by accident, it was meant as a wallpaper cleaner, but Joseph's sister, a kindergarten teacher, started letting her students use it as a molding compound for art projects, since clay was too hard and messy. It was
marketed by toy manufacturer Rainbow Crafts, and first sold at the Woodward & Lothrop department store in Washington, D.C.
This holiday is referred to as a "National" day. However, we did not find any congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day. Even though we didn't, this is still a holiday that is publicized to celebrate. So have fun with it and celebrate it!
Wikipedia tell us that "Play-Doh is a non-toxic modeling clay compound similar in texture to bread dough that has been sold as a children's toy around the world for over half a century." "Its exact makeup is a trade secret, but it is primarily a mixture of wheat flour, water, mineral oil (which provides the smooth texture), salt, a drying agent such as borax (which deters mold), an alum-based hardening agent, colorings and perfume."
"It is non-toxic, non-staining, and soluble in soapy water." "When kept in a sealed container, Play-Doh remains pliable, but when exposed to air it hardens in about a day." "However, because it tends to crack during hardening, it is not ideal for projects one wants to save."
This holiday is celebrated by encouraging everyone to use their imaginations and learn to form play-doh into fun shapes and sizes. Play-Doh is available in several different colors and sizes. Retail stores carry a variety of tools to help make playing with play-doh fun.
Adults and children alike love to play with play-doh and many homemakers make their very own homemade play-doh for their children. Visit our play-doh recipes.
Mix all ingredients in a sauce pan. Cook and stir over low/medium heat until play dough is completely formed and no longer sticky. Allow to cool slightly before storing in an air tight container or zip lock bag.