Chicago parents and kids can schedule Play-Doh Play Dates both to celebrate National Play-Doh Day 2011 this Friday, September 16 and to enjoy creative playtime on any day. Every year in September, the company celebrates the history of this classic plaything and encourages families to take some time to sit down with kids and enjoy some modeling play.
Moms and dads searching for inspiration for how to get more out of playtime with their kids can friend Play-Doh on Facebook and visit their Play-Dates Ideas page of their official website to read free fun ideas and activities organized by different themes. Each theme comes with Play-Doh Fresh Ideas for things to sculpt with step-by-step instructions for how to make each object, printable instructions for various craft projects, and some recipes for healthy snacks. Current themes include Back-to-School, Ice Cream Shoppe, and Pizza Shop (which nicely extends the play possibilities of the new Play-Doh Twist N Top Pizza Shop playset).
A short guide to the history of Play-Doh
Since 1956 this classic modeling compound has been entertaining children with its ability to be sculpted and shaped into a limitless variety of objects. Available at first only in white, Play-Doh was soon sold in red, blue, and yellow colors as well. Four additional colors were added in the 1980s, gold and silver were added for the company’s 40th anniversary in 1996, and a 50-pack of colors (including pastel shades) were introduced for the company’s 50th anniversary in 2006. Kids today can create Play-Doh creations in a rainbow of colors, including metallic and neon.
Although the very first product from the company was a simple 1.5 pound can of the modeling compound, the introduction of their now-classic Fun Factory playset in 1960 foreshadowed the rich line of kits, tools, playmats, and games now sold by Hasbro. Modern children can stamp, squeeze, cut, and slice Play-Doh to sculpt food, style hair, fix teeth, and even learn shapes, numbers, and letters.
A touchstone in the childhoods of so many kids, Play-Doh was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame at the Strong Museum in 1998.
Play-Doh toys for learning, creating, and playing
Read more about the Play-Doh toys we have reviewed recently, including:
- Mega Fun Factory review
- Toy Time Race Game review
- Cake Makin Station playset review
- Sesame Street Fun Shapes Bucket review
- Squish and Stamp Scenes set review
- Make N Color Creatures playset review
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