World Play-Doh Day

Who can resist those tubs of brightly colored soft modeling clay? September 16 is the day to celebrate and create something cute and squashy.

Play Doh was originally created in the 1930s as a product for cleaning wallpaper.  At that time it was an uninspiring off-white. People could remove soot and dirt from their wall coverings by simply rolling the wad of goop across the surface. The inventor was Joe McVicker. Joe learned from a teacher that kids usually found modeling clay too hard to manipulate. Discovering that the squishy cleaning product he manufactured could substitute, McVicker shipped some to the school. After teachers and kids raved, he offered to supply the product to all Cincinnati schools. More rave reviews followed.

But Play-Doh’s big break came when Captain Kangaroo began to feature it on his children’s show. Sales picked up and have never gone down. Play-Doh now comes in a wide variety of colors, with some being Paradise Purple, silver and gold. Since its inception, two billion cans of Play-Doh have been sold. If you took all of that Play-Doh ever made and wadded it into a giant ball, it would weigh as much as 2,000 Statues of Liberty, or be long enough to reach to the moon and back three times.

If this has whetted your creativity, go to your local toy store or check out Amazon’s offering.


One quote about Play-Doh, and a few about clay.

Once Play-Doh colors are mixed, there’s no going back.–Dee Ann Stewart

All that happens to us, including our humiliations, our misfortunes, our embarrassments, all is given to us as raw material, as clay, so that we may shape our art.–Jorge Luis Borges

Clay and people interact on a daily and continuous basis.–Tessie Naranjo

We throw clay to shape a pot, But the utility of the clay pot is a function of the nothingness inside it.–Tao Te Chin

Your life is a piece of clay, don’t let anyone else mold it for you.–Unknown

I like having my hands in the clay. I like the movie-making process.–Matthew McConaughey

I love to create, and to me, the ultimate freedom of expression is a blank canvas or a block of clay to capture whatever emotions your imagination gives it.–Daniel Boulud

Gold like the sun, which melts wax, but hardens clay, expands great souls.–Antoine Rivarol

I like doing clay work. It’s different from drawing on a page because you have something to mold into different shapes. It’s quite visual, it’s a thing you can hold and feel, and that makes it different from drawing.–Bonnie Wright

My mom’s the one I look up to for everything. I feel like I’m a lump of clay and she’s moulding me into a woman.–Chloe Grace Moretz

When you have clay in your hands, it’s hard to avoid making birds.–Eva Zeisel

Find more than 9000 inspirational quotes and a link to the Quote of the Day list, as well as quotation related merchandise, at

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