National Play-Doh Day

Play-Doh is a toy that has been enjoyed by millions of children since the 1950s. It was originally sold as a wallpaper cleaner by Joe McVicker of Cincinnati, Ohio, but was later reworked during the 1950s as a child’s toy. In 1958, McVicker filed for a patent for his creation.

Before he could receive the patent, however, General Mills ended up purchasing the product. Play-Doh was originally made in just the color white, but soon it was offered in blue, red, and yellow colors. It quickly became a beloved toy, and that’s why September 16th is now observed as National Play-Doh Day every year.

The History of National Play-Doh Day

In 1965, General Mills bought Rainbow Crafts, the company that produced Play-Doh, for about $3 million. In 1971, Rainbow Crafts and Kenner Products were merged together, and 16 years later, both companies were bought by the Tonka Corporation. In 1991, Hasbro became the owner of Play-Doh. In 2006, National Play-Doh Day was created by Hasbro.

Some Interesting Facts About Play-Doh

We can’t do a holiday article on National Play-Doh Day without taking the time to talk about Play-Doh, so we’ve gathered up some of our favorite Play-Doh facts and listed them below for everyone’s entertainment.

  • Captain Kangaroo contributed to the popularity of Play-Doh.
  • McVicker offered Captain Kangaroo 2% of Play-Doh sales for featuring the product once every week.
  • Captain Kangaroo loved the product and featured it three times a week instead of just once.
  • Over 3 billion cans of Play-Doh have been sold since 1956.
  • Hasbro trademarked the scent of Play-Doh in 2017.
  • In 1998, Play-Doh was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame.

Observing National Play-Doh Day

We think the best way to enjoy National Play-Doh Day is by taking the time to play with Play-Doh or at least buy some Play-Doh for your children. It’s also a good day to share some of your favorite Play-Doh stories on the internet with the hashtag #NationalPlayDohDay.

When is it?
This year (2024)
September 16 Monday
Next year (2025)
September 16 Tuesday
Last year (2023)
September 16 Saturday
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