Monday, September 21, 2009

Sept 18 - National Play-Doh Day

Today was the first of 365 days of celebration!

Play-doh has been around for over 50 years and there at least 50 colors.

Play-Doh® Brand Modeling Compound developed by Noah W. McVicker and Joseph S. McVicker and introduced by Rainbow Crafts of Cincinnati in 1956. Play-Doh , a non-toxic reusable modeling compound, was available only in one color and size, an off-white, 1 ½ pound can. It was test marketed one year earlier at schools, kindergartens and nursery schools.

My mom, step-dad, and I celebrated Play-Doh Day in Florence, Italy. We took some time to play with play-doh by the Ponte Vicchio and made our own sculptures which rivaled the artistic brilliance of those we were seeing in Florence (such as Michaelangelo’s David).

My mom decided to reflect back on our time in Venice sculpting a gondola complete with gondolier. Herm went with a more modern contemporary style. And, if you know me at all you can guess my sculpture…a hippo!

If you would like to make your own play-doh here is a recipe…

1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup oil

Step 1: Mix flour and salt, slowly add water and oil.
Step 2: If the dough is too wet, add flour, too dry, add water.

This dough can be easily colored and scented. Adding food coloring to the water will prevent stained hands, and I've found that peppermint extract (or vanilla, or lemon, or just about any other cooking extract) makes it smell great.

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