National Play-Doh Day - September 16
Sat, Sep 16, 2023

National Play-Doh Day

National Play-Doh Day is dedicated to the children’s toy. At one time, it made a splash and was very popular. It is celebrated on September 16th.


Play-Doh is a modeling mass that resembles clay or plasticine. It’s funny that initially this product was conceived as a means of cleaning wallpaper. To this end, it was developed in 1933 by Cleo McVicker and his brother for Kutol Products in Ohio. This use quickly lost its relevance, since by the end of the 1940s, many people had already switched to gas and oil stoves, which no longer left a layer of soot on the wallpaper.

In 1955, the lover of McVicker’s son, who owned his father’s business, Kay Zuffol, offered to adapt the product for children’s use. Then she worked as a teacher. A slight tweak to the Play-Doh’s composition turned it into a safe toy that could be used to sculpt various objects.

A wave of popularity swept over the toy after Bob Keeshan, better known under the pseudonym ‘Captain Kangaroo’, began to demonstrate it on a children’s television programs. Parents began to massively buy Play-Doh for their children. Over time, several color options for the toy appeared, and later the rights to it were bought by Hasbro, which still produces it.

How to take part

There are several ways to celebrate National Play-Doh Day.

  1. Try to mold everything you want out of the toy yourself.
  2. Buy Play-Doh for your child and spend time teaching them modeling skills.
  3. Make this toy in the kitchen. Yes, it is possible! The recipe can be easily found on the Internet. To make it, you will need water, salt, flour, starch, a little borax, as well as food coloring.

When is National Play-Doh Day celebrated in 2023?

National Play-Doh Day is observed on September 16 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Saturday September 16 2023
Monday September 16 2024
Tuesday September 16 2025
Wednesday September 16 2026

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