*I was sent a Play-Doh Shapes and Play-Doh Letters book to facilitate a review.
Play-Doh has fascinated the world since the 1950s. Did you know that before Play-Doh became famous as a modeling compound it was a wallpaper cleaner in the 1930s?
History of Play-Doh
Concocted by Noah McVicker part of the team at the Cincinnati-based soap manufacturer, Kutol Products, at the request of Krogers Grocery who wanted a product capable of cleaning coal residue from wallpaper, Play-Doh was introcuded! After World War II homes transitioned from coal to natural gas heating, decreasing the demand for wallpaper cleaner.
It was Joe McVicker, nephew to Noah McVicker, who joined Kutol and given the task of saving the company from bankruptcy. He learned that Play-Doh was being used by pre-K children to make ornaments for Christmas. He took the product to an educational convention for manufacturers of school supplies and Play-Doh entered the retail market with Woodward & Lothrop selling it at their Washington DC department store.
I1 1956 the McVickers created the Rainbow Crafts Company, where they made and sold the creating compound. It was introduced as a three-pack of 7-ounce cans and sold by Macy’s of New York and Marshall Field’s of Chicago. The salt content in Play-Doh, was removed by chemist Dr. Tien Liu, making it possible for the creations to dry without losing their color in 1957. By 1958 sales were reaching nearly three million dollars.
Play-Doh Combines with Books for Added Fun
Play-Doh, our favorite modeling compound, now combines with one of our favorite leisure activities, books! These two favorites create an afternoon of fun in an activity set that is sure to be a favorite. With the mascot, Zany Zebra, kiddos can discover fun as they learn to identify objects and have hands on adventures.
Play-Doh Let’s Create Letters
Children can learn the letters of the alphabet in the engaging adventure of Play-Doh Letters. Zany Zebra takes children through various classroom settings in this book as they learn to identify key objects related to letters. Add the interactive hands-on fun of creating their own letters and Play-Doh sculpts with the included double-sided playmat and Play-Doh Components.
Play-Doh Let’s Create: Shapes
This activity book points out that basic shapes are everywhere. The story takes the adventure on a trip through town where they learn basic shape recognition, follow Brother and Sister Bear to the beach, the park, the city and many other places to identify circles, triangles, squares and rectangles. Then they get to create their own shapes and PLAY-DOH sculpts using the double-sided playmat and PLAY-DOH components inside!
Play-Doh Let’s Create Books Include:
Each Play-Doh Let’s Create book offers a large box, that by all appearances looks like a book. Inside is an 11-page book, 1-ounce cans of Play-Doh, molds to create and a washable playmat to keep the fun going.
Each book retails for about $16.95 and can be purchased through your favorite book store or online like Amazon.com
Recommended for children ages 3 years and older.