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** Play-Doh **

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This article is about the children's modeling material. For the ancient
Greek philosopher, see Plato.

Play-Doh Retro Canister
Type Modelling clay
Inventor Joe McVicker
Bill Rhodenbaugh
Company Kutol (1955)
Rainbow Crafts (since 1956)
Hasbro (since 1991)
Country United States
Availability 1956–present
Official website

*Play-Doh* is a modeling compound used by young children for art and craft
projects at home and in school. Composed of flour, water, salt, boric acid,
and mineral oil, the product was first manufactured in Cincinnati, Ohio,
U.S., as a wallpaper cleaner in the 1930s.^[1] When a classroom of children
began using the wallpaper cleaner as a modeling compound, the product was
reworked and marketed to Cincinnati schools in the mid-1950s. Play-Doh was
demonstrated at an educational convention in 1956 and prominent department
stores opened retail accounts.^[2] Advertisements promoting Play-Doh on
influential children's television shows in 1957 furthered the product's
sales.^[1] Since its launch on the toy market in the mid-1950s, Play-Doh
has generated a considerable amount of ancillary merchandise such as The
Fun Factory.^[3] In 2003, the Toy Industry Association named Play-Doh in
its "Century of Toys List".


· 1 History

· 1.1 Origin
· 1.2 Launch
· 1.3 Subsequent developments
· 1.4 Mascots

· 2 Ingredients
· 3 Related merchandise
· 4 Cultural impact
· 5 Film
· 6 See also
· 7 References
· 8 External links



Objects made of Play-Doh.

The non-toxic, non-staining, reusable modeling compound that came to be
known as "Play-Doh" was originally named Rainbow Modeling Compound.^[4] It
was a pliable, putty-like substance concocted by Noah McVicker of


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