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National Play-Doh Day

Let your creativity run wild on National Play-Doh Day! Get crafting with a range of colors, tools and shapes for endless fun!
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September 16
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It's time to get creative and celebrate National Play-Doh Day on September 16! This special day has been around since 2002 and is a great opportunity to revisit your childhood memories by getting out the iconic clay-like substance we all know and love. It was first created in the 1930s as a wallpaper cleaner but soon became an American favorite for children of all ages. It can be used for sculpting, painting, or just plain fun. So grab some Play-Doh, roll it out, and let your imagination run wild!

History of National Play-Doh Day

National Play-Doh Day Dates

National Play-Doh Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1950</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Introduction of Play-Doh</div><div class='timeline-text'>Play-Doh was initially invented as a wallpaper cleaner, but its potential as a child's toy was quickly realized and it was rebranded.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1957</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Play-Doh Goes National</div><div class='timeline-text'>Play-Doh was picked up for national distribution by Rainbow Crafts to toy stores across the nation, gaining it more publicity and reach.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1980</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Hasbro's Acquisition</div><div class='timeline-text'>The toy company Hasbro acquired Play-Doh and made it part of their Playskool line.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1991</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Revival of Play-Doh</div><div class='timeline-text'>Hasbro revitalised Play-Doh with a brand new ad campaign aimed at a new generation of children.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2002</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First National Play-Doh Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>The inaugural National Play-Doh Day was celebrated on September 16, to acknowledge the impact of Play-Doh in fostering creativity among children.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Play-Doh Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Create a sculpture</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Grab some colorful Play-Doh and create your own masterpiece. Let your creativity flow as you form shapes and figures with the dough.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a Play-Doh party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Invite your friends over for a Play-Doh play date!  It's a great way to get creative with friends and make new memories.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Make a keepsake mold</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Create a meaningful keepsake by pressing an object into the Play-Doh and allowing it to harden.  This will create a lasting memory of your special day.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Organize a Play-Doh competition</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather up some friends and have a Play-Doh sculpting competition!  Have everyone come up with their own creation and then vote on who has the best one.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Make custom jewelry</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Using cookie cutters, roll out the Play Doh and cut out shapes that you can turn into jewelry. Add beads and charms for even more flair!</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Play-Doh Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's Fun and Creative</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Playing with Play-Doh is a fun and creative way to pass the time and bring out your inner artist. You can shape it into whatever you like—from animals to food to abstract shapes. Plus, it's a great chance for parents to bond with their children and enjoy a creative project together!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It Supports Motor Skills Development</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Playing with Play-Doh not only encourages creativity, but it also helps support the development of fine motor skills in children. Playing with the clay helps to strengthen their hands and fingers, which improves movement control in the long run.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>You Can Do Anything With It</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>The great thing about Play-Doh is that the possibilities are endless - you can use it for small sculptures or stamping shapes with cookie cutters. You can even mix colors together to create new shades! It's an incredibly versatile material that anyone can enjoy!</p></div></div>

5 Exciting Facts for National Play-Doh Day

<div class="facts-item"><div class="facts-number-wrapper"><p class="facts-number">1</p></div><div class="facts-core-content"><h3 class="facts-title">Play-Doh was first sold in a single color</h3><p class="facts-content">Play-Doh was originally sold in just one color, off-white. The other primary colors - red, blue, and yellow - were introduced only after a few years.</p></div></div><div class="facts-item"><div class="facts-number-wrapper"><p class="facts-number">2</p></div><div class="facts-core-content"><h3 class="facts-title">More than 700 million pounds of Play-Doh have been sold</h3><p class="facts-content">Since its inception, over 700 million pounds of Play-Doh have been sold worldwide, showing its immense popularity among children everywhere.</p></div></div><div class="facts-item"><div class="facts-number-wrapper"><p class="facts-number">3</p></div><div class="facts-core-content"><h3 class="facts-title">Play-Doh has a trademark smell</h3><p class="facts-content">That unique smell of Play-Doh? It's trademarked. The distinct scent has even been issued a fragrance patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.</p></div></div><div class="facts-item"><div class="facts-number-wrapper"><p class="facts-number">4</p></div><div class="facts-core-content"><h3 class="facts-title">Play-Doh initially did not have a dedicated playset</h3><p class="facts-content">The first Play-Doh playset, the Fun Factory, wasn't introduced until the mid-1960s, over a decade after Play-Doh first hit the market. The Fun Factory contained molds and a press to create fun shapes.</p></div></div><div class="facts-item"><div class="facts-number-wrapper"><p class="facts-number">5</p></div><div class="facts-core-content"><h3 class="facts-title">A giant Play-Doh can container made into the Guinness World Records</h3><p class="facts-content">A giant imitation of a can of Play-Doh was recognized by the Guinness World Records in 1999. The huge Play-Doh container was over 7 feet tall!</p></div></div>

National Play-Doh Day FAQs

When is National Play-Doh Day?

National Play-Doh Day is celebrated on September 16th every year. In 2024 National Play-Doh Day will occur on a Monday.

National Play-Doh Day Dates



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