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One of the most iconic toys of childhood since the mid-1950s is Play-Doh. Is there anyone out there who has never popped open a can of red, yellow, green, purple, or blue Play-Doh and spent hours rolling, smushing, and sculpting the stuff? Nowadays it’s all about LEGOs, but kids still play with Play-Doh, and today we celebrate the doughy stuff of childhood.
Play-Doh came about in 1955 when a schoolteacher asked her chemist brother-in-law, Joseph McVicker, to come up with a safe modeling clay for her pre-schoolers. His creation was a simple combination of flour, water, and food coloring. A year later Play-Doh hit the toy store shelves, and the rest is history.
Although McVicker’s received the patent for Play-Doh, HasbroToys, the current maker of Play-Doh, tells a slightly different story of its origin on its website, but do we really care? It’s Play-Doh, the stuff of childhood memories! So grab a few cans and set your inner child free today.