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Aug 27, 2017 03:22PM ● By Julie Ross

Julie Ross

Clearing off a shelf in the garage, I came upon a good-sized bin of mystery implements. There was an assortment of miniature kitchen utensils: a little rolling pin, pie server, pizza wheel, some spatulas, plastic knives, and whatnot. Also stashed in the bin were dozens of small molds and stampers, among them insects, letters of the alphabet, and Cookie Monster. It took me a minute but then, aha! I realized I had come upon my treasure trove of abandoned Play-Doh accessories.


Oh, nostalgia! I spent so many hours with my kids rolling and shaping that soft, salty compound. I thought back many more moons to when I was a kid myself, watching Captain Kangaroo extolling Play-Doh’s many virtues on morning TV. Television was broadcast only in black and white, and Play-Doh came in only three colors – red, blue, and yellow. We combined the red and blue to make purple, the blue and yellow to make green. And then someone’s little brother or sister would inevitably mash everything together to create an unappealing brown. Sigh.


You will be pleased to know that you, too, can savor your Play-Doh memories as you celebrate National Play-Doh Day on September16. I knew you would be curious, so I looked up some additional information on the Internet for you. Play-Doh was first sold to clean wallpaper. You just rubbed a bit of the off-white compound on the wall to remove soot and dirt.


When inventor Joe McVickar discovered the fun factor of his product, he lacked the budget to market it widely as a toy. In a pioneering example of product placement, he made a deal in 1958 with Captain Kangaroo to feature Play-Doh a couple times a week on his show in exchange for 2% of sales, and the legend was born. Fast-forward to today, when an estimated 700 million pounds of Play-Doh has been stamped, rolled into snakes, and made into pretend pizza by generations of kids.


There are dozens of recipes online to make your own version of homemade modeling dough. Because so many of us remember the urge (and perhaps even acted on the urge) to taste Play-Doh right from the can, I am going to provide a recipe for edible Play-Doh I found on, even though your mom told you not to play with your food.



1c peanut butter

½ c honey

1-1/2 c powdered milk


Mix ingredients together. Roll it, cut out shapes, and eat it when you’re done playing.




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