Play-Doh was actually created by Accident
Play-Do was invented by Noah and Joseph McVicker in 1955. The brothers plan was to make a wallpaper cleaner. Joseph's sister was a kindergarten teacher and started bringing it into class for the kids to do art projects. She liked it better than clay since it was softer and less messy. The brothers sent their modeling clay to a few school in Cincinatti and it became a huge hit. At first the clay only came in off white and in a cardboard can containing 1 and a half pounds of Play-Doh. In 1956 The McVicker's founded Rainbow Crafts in order to sell their invention.
Eventually their clay was on display at a national education convention and news of the product spread quickly. It became available in department stores. The first was Woodward and Lathrop located in Washington D.C.
In 1957 the brothers modified the formula a little bit to make it even softer and they added the colors red green and blue.
In 1960 the first Play-Doh toy, The Fun Factory was created.
In 1963 it started being sold in smaller cans.
In 1971 the popular toy company Kenner merged with Rainbow Crafts.
In 1983 the Rainbow 8 pack was introduced adding more colors.
In 1986 it started being sold in plastic containers which helped it last longer and was easier for kids to open.
Currently Play-Doh is owned by Hasbro and has been since 1991. It has sold over 900 million pounds since it was invented.
What is It Made Out of?
Play-Doh is a non-toxic substance that feels like bread dough.
The exact ingredients and recipe are a big secret but below is what I do know.
The ingredients are wheat flour, mineral oil, water, salt, a drying agent like borax, an alum-based hardening agent, colorings and a perfume for its very unique smell.
- September 18th is Play-Doh Day
- in 2006 the smell became a limited edition fragrance for Demeter Fragrance Library to mark its 50 year anniversary
- 95 million cans are produced every year
- If all of the Play-Doh made since 1956 was extruded it would make a rope that could circle the Earth nearly 300 times.
- If all of the Play-Doh ever made was in one big pile it would weigh more than 2,000 Statues of Liberty
Simple Play-Doh Recipe
3 cups four
1/3 cup salt
2 tbsp vegetable oil 1cup water
7 drops food coloring
mix dry ingredients with oil. add food coloring to water and mix together. add water to flour/salt/oil mixture slowly about 1/4 cup at a time and mix with a spoon. once you've added all the water, knead the dough with your hands.
Original Play-Doh Can
- The National Toy Hall of Fame
The National Toy Hall of Fame is an American Museum that consists of games and toys that have been popular for years. There are currently 42 toys that meet the criteria to be inducted into the toy hall of fame and Play-Doh is one of them.