Play-Doh Fun Facts: History, Uses, and Why It's a Must-Have for Kids

Play-Doh Fun Facts: History, Uses, and Why It's a Must-Have for Kids

If you pick up a can of Play-Doh, open the lid and breathe in, you're almost guaranteed to have nostalgic memories come flooding in. The scent of Play-Doh is one-of-a-kind and can bring just about anyone back to childhood.

Play-Doh modeling compound can be played with in so many ways. It is used by families, as well as educators. It's great for inspiring imagination, strengthening fine-motor skills, and igniting a spark of artistic creativity.

Play-Doh Ingredients

Play-Doh is a fun-filled moldable, non-toxic compound made primarily of water, salt and flour. At least that's what Hasbro has to say about it.

When checking out the patent from 2004, it shows that it's a mixture of water, a retrogradation inhibitor, a starch-based binder, lubricant, salt, preservatives, surfactant, humectant, hardener, coloring, fragrance, borax, and petroleum additives.

It also contains some wheat and may cause reactions with those allergic to wheat. You should not eat Play-Doh.

Play-Doh Sets

There are a wide variety of Play-Doh sets which include Play-Doh, molding tools, and sometimes toys. At Maziply Toys, we carry a wide variety of the newest Play-Doh sets that you're kids are sure to love.

Common Play-Doh Tools

Almost anything can be made into Play-Doh tools. And you're in luck, we have a variety of Play-Doh tools available as part of the many Play-Doh sets. Some common tools used with Play-Doh are:

  • Play-Doh scissors
  • Textured rolling pins
  • Cookie cutters
  • Play-Doh cutters
  • Play-Doh extruder tools

Play-Doh History

Play-Doh wasn't always intended as a children's toy. It was originally a putty-like substance created by Noah McVicker. It was originally designed as a wallpaper cleaner.

After World War II, many changed their heating from coal to natural gas, leaving the product as useless. Noah's nephew, Joe, joined the company to try and save it.

His sister-in-law, Kay Zufall, was a nursery school teacher who knew that many parents used the product as a modeling toy with kids. Kay and her husband named it Play-Doh, marking the beginning of a new era for the compound. 

Joe then took the product to conventions to market it as an educational product and the rest is history.

Play-Doh was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1998.

Play-Doh for Sale

You can buy Play-Doh right here, at Maziply Toys. You can also visit Maziply Toys' store in person to get your Play-Doh fix. Whatever is best for you is best for us. We're here to help you fulfill your Play-Doh needs.