Secret of Play-Doh's Invention
Play-Doh's colorful history
Play-Doh the squishy substance used by kids to strut out their creativity has a very colorful history. “Play-Doh” was originally invented as wallpaper cleaner by Noah McViker a soap manufacturer at the request of Krogers Grocery. Later, Mc Viker found that the putty like substance was being used by nursery children to make Christmas ornaments. This sparked the idea and he took Play-Doh to an educational convention for manufacturers of school supplies. In 1956 Viker started the rainbow Crafts Company to make and sell Play-Doh and by 1958 the sales had reached nearly $3 million.
Later in 1964 Play-Doh compound became international and was exported to other parts of the world including – England, France and Italy. In 1980’s Play-Doh’s cardboard can was replaced by a more durable plastic container.
At first there was only one Play-Doh color available – Off White and this color was sold in 1.5 pound cardboard can. Three new colors – Red, Yellow, and Blue were added to the Play-Doh family in 1957. In 1996 Play-Doh celebrated its 40th anniversary with the introduction of two stunning colors – Gold & Silver. Play-Doh’s 50th anniversary was celebrated with the launch of Play-Doh Birthday Packet and Play-Doh 50 Pack of colors, with 50 unique Play-Doh colors.
While Play-Doh’s squeezable softness is certainly attractive for kids, so does it salty taste and distinctive smell attract a few others. Play-Doh’s exact ingredients remain a secret. However, it is known to contain wheat flour, salt and water.
Fun Play-Doh Facts
(1) If combined the total amount of Play-Doh compound manufactured since 1956 would weigh more than 700 million pounds
(2) Approximately 95 million cans of Play-Doh Compound are manufactured each year
(3) If all the Play-Doh compound made since 1956 was extruded through the fun factory, it would make a “Snake” that would wrap around the world nearly 300 times
(4) September 16th is the national Play-Doh Day! Yes that’s right, the soft and swishy can of fun for kids of all ages has their very own day of celebrating
(5) There’s a Play-Doh Cologne! The cologne gives a just out-of-the-can Play-Doh aroma
Obama & Romney Play-Doh sculptures
Ian Williams, 21 year old, senior art student from the Rhode Island School of Design sculpted Obama and Mitt Romney from Play-Doh. He used over 60 cans of Play-Doh and spent 20 hours on each carving over a span of 2 weeks.
Ian Williams was crowned the first-ever Official Play-Doh Artist of the Year on 2nd october, 2012, Tuesday after wowing the Hasbro judging panel with two 90-ounce busts of President Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney
Creative Things to do with Play-Doh
There are endless possibilities with Play-Doh. Play-Doh stimulates your child's creative and imaginative skills. Here's a video of a 6 year old who made a colorful Play-Doh butterfly.
What has your little one made?
Play-Doh Look What I Made Video
What can your little one make with Play-doh? There are a lot of things one can make with Play-doh. Let's have a look at some of these