Play Doh Weekend

January 25, 2009 by  
Filed under Family Fun, Just for fun!

This weekend me, my husband, and the boys broke out the  Play-Doh.   It has been years since I have done this, and it was so much fun to just sit around the table as a family.   Not only that, it encourages young minds to be creative and inventive.

I found myself making snakes, One of my bubs wanted a watch, and cars and dinosaurs.   Some of the stuff I made, didn’t look remotely like any of these things but to the boys, they were the best thing since sliced bread!

About Play-doh

Play-Doh is a soft modeling compound principally used by children, both at home and in school. The compound is composed of flour, water, and salt, among other ingredients.

Initially a wallpaper cleaner developed in Cincinnati ,Ohio by N. W. McVicker, the compound was reworked by his nephew Joseph McVicker in the mid-1950s, named ‘Play-Doh’ and sold to Cincinnati-area schools as a modeling compound. When prominent department stores opened retail accounts in 1956, and Play-Doh television ads appeared on influential children’s shows in 1957, the product became a hit in the United States.

Play-Doh is non-toxic and non-staining, and, though its exact composition is a trade secret, the compound’s current manufacturer, Hasbro, reveals it contains water, salt, and wheat flour.

Since its introduction, Play-Doh has been manufactured in 50 different colors and has generated ancillary merchandise such as The Fun Factory and The Play-Doh Creativity Table. In 2003, the Toy Industry Association named Play-Doh to its Century of Toys List, and, in 2006, a perfumery released a fragrance inspired by Play-Doh’s distinctive odor. Play-Doh is currently manufactured by Hasbro and is sold around the world.

I did not know any of this and it fascination to learn about where some of the classics are derived from.  We pulled out our rollers, and molds and whatever else we could find about 4 times this weekend.  This is such a perfect activity when you are stuck indoors.  It was such a blast, and I even took a pic of one of my creations.  Yes, folks I am a big kid at heart.

Sorry about the quality it was a spur of the moment thing!

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One Response to “Play Doh Weekend”
  1. Cathy says:

    My mom used to make us our own playdough. I’ll have to find the recipe.

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