Friday, September 18, 2009


When is the last time you played with Play-Doh? If you still have little ones, it probably hasn't been that long. Kids love Play-Doh so much. It's amazing how we, as parents, roll our eyes at the thought of something that gives our kids so much joy. I know parents who refuse to buy it for their kids because they don't want to deal with it. It gets messy, yes, but kids love it so much. And who could ever forget that distinctive smell of Play-Doh!

I have a calendar I printed up for school that list fun, unofficial holidays. Mine is saying that today is National Play-Doh Day. When I look it up online, I see conflicting dates and some claim it's September 16th. Not that it matters -- I've got the boys scheduled to have fun with Play-Doh this afternoon. They love the stuff. Since it's Apple Week for school, we will be making apples from Play-Doh, but I'm sure other things will be created as well. Play-Doh has an awesome website. Not only will you find new products, but you'll also learn the history of the compound, how to get it out of carpet, as well as project ideas. Play-Doh was created in 1956, so it's 53 years old! Some interesting facts about Play-Doh ...

Play-Doh was originally created as a wallpaper cleaner.
It consists mostly of flour, water, and salt.
The first color was off-white in 1.5 pound jars.
A year later they added color -- yellow, red, and blue.
The Fun Factory was introduced in 1960.
Play-Doh is designed to be used over & over.

It's weird, but I don't remember playing with Play-Doh in school that much. I think we used regular clay more. I do remember my mom buying me Play-Doh along with that other modeling clay that hardened. Regardless, it's something all four of my kids have loved playing with. Anyway, I better get my act in gear with school now, so we can get to our Play-Doh apples. Have a great day -- go play and make something fun!


  1. My youngest two children LOVE playdoh! I only let them play with it on Sundays, because sometimes it is such a mess and gets little bits on the floor. Mondays are my big cleaning days :)

  2. There's a love/hate relationship with Play-Doh in our house. The girls love playing with it, I like playing with it with the girls. Then we make the mistake of leaving them in the living room to play with it themselves, while we're in the office, and inevitably we find it in little pieces all over the carpet. Even though they know they're supposed to keep it to the dining room table. Argh.

    I love the smell of Play-Doh. Who doesn't?


  3. It's like that here too, Gale. I try to "schedule" it during school time so I can keep an eye on things. Every now and then Rick lets them get it out on their own and they never pick it up. Or if they do, they don't get it all picked up.

    Happy to say we just got the classroom all cleaned up. Couldn't make many apples because we're low on red. I guess I need to buy more Play-Doh soon.

  4. I don't have little kids but it hasn't been that long since I played with play-doh. I used to make my own and then use food coloring to make the tints. I liked kneading the warm gooey dough and so did the kids. Heck I might still do it.

    Guess I never grew up.

  5. Play Doh is fun and the joys are endless. But I used to make it from a recipe and have a bigger batch for the kids.

  6. I think I have petrified Play-Doh in my carpet from years ago. The blue kind. Fond memories.