National and World Play-Doh Day
About World Play-Doh Day
Date When Celebrated: This special day is always observed on September 16
Now here’s a holiday that just can’t be limited to being “national” in scope. Play-Doh is a popular child’s toy around the world. Originally, it was named National Play-Doh Day. However, in 2015, Hasbro Toys, the creator of this special day, wisely changed the title of this holiday to World Play-Doh Day.
Both World Play-Doh Day and National Play-Doh Day celebrate a great childhood play toy. Play-Doh was invented in the mid-1950s. It has entertained millions of children, allowing them to express their creativity, both at home and in the classroom.
The invention was simple. A schoolteacher wanted a safe modeling clay for her pre-schoolers. She asked her brother-in-law Joseph McVicker, who worked at a chemical company, to come up with something. The result was simple….flour, water, and food coloring.
Did You Know? Play-Doh was inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame in 198.
How to Celebrate World Play-Doh Day
It’s fun and easy to celebrate World Play-Doh Day and National Play-Doh Day. Simply pull out the Play-Doh and ……Play! There are other brands of play clay on the market. However, having raised three children, this author has never seen a better brand.
Also, another way to celebrate is to give this modeling clay out to children you know.
“Sometimes the most brilliant and intelligent minds do not shine ins standardized tests because they do not have standardized minds.” – – Diane Ravitch
History and Origin of Play-Doh Day
Joseph McVicker of Kutol Chemicals in Cincinnati, Ohio created Play-Doh in 1955. It hit the market in 1956 and has been a popular play toy ever since. It was created because McVicker’s sister-in-law wanted a safe, clay-like product for her nursery school children to use. Noah and Joseph McVicker received U.S. Patent No. 3,167,440 for Play-Doh.
Hasbro Toys, the current makers of Play-doh, say it a little differently. On their website, they state: “The story of PLAY-DOH modeling compound begins in 1956 when scientists at Rainbow Crafts, a Cincinnati soap and cleaning compound company, stumbled upon a new use for the unique dough-like cleaning product. The company realized this product’s potential as a child’s modeling compound; and thus, the original, reusable compound was born.”
Also, in 2006, Hasbro changed the title to World Play-Doh Day, to recognize the toy’s popularity around the world.
In the years that it was titled a national day, we found no congressional or presidential proclamation making it a true national day.
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