Celebrate National Play-Doh Day

Published on 5 August 2022 at 15:35

Celebrate National Play-Doh Day

Ready to have some fun? Celebrate National Play-Doh Day. Get ready for some hands-on playtime with everyone’s favorite childhood plaything, Play-Doh! #NationalPlayDohDay #PlayDohDay

The History

Play-Doh was invented by Joe McVicker from Cincinnati, Ohio and was initially sold and used as a wallpaper cleaner. In 1949, his father died, and his mother made him help with their family business – the Kutol Products Company. Not long enough, the sales of their wallpaper cleaner fell. In 1955, McVicker had the idea of using their wallpaper cleaner as a modeling clay in classrooms and daycare for students and children. Fortunately, it worked, and he renamed the product as Play-Doh. He ventured into this business with his uncle. They named their company the Rainbow Crafts Company, Inc. To protect their product, they filed for a patent in 1958. It was approved on January 26, 1965. By that time, General Mills had already purchased their company.

At first, the Rainbow Crafts Company offered only one color of the clay – white. Soon after, they offered the colors of blue, yellow, and red. The company sold the clay in gallons. They then started offering 11-ounce sizes. To widen the promotion of Play-Doh, McVicker had the idea of having Captain Kangaroo promote the modeling clay. This move was very effective. Play-Doh catapulted into mainstream fame.

In 1998, Play-Doh was inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame. Even though a special day has been set aside each year for this amazing product, you don’t need a special reason to crack open a tub of Play-Doh. Any day of the week works for me!

Check out the annual Celebrate National Play-Doh Day dates below.

When to Celebrate National Play-Doh Day

  • Friday, September 18, 2020
  • Saturday, September 18, 2021
  • Sunday, September 18, 2022
  • Monday, September 18, 2023
  • Wednesday, September 18, 2024
  • Thursday, September 18, 2025

Celebrate National Play-Doh Day – choose your favorite colors and get creative!


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