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National Play-Doh Day!

Today we celebrate this day with the creative minds of our toddlers, if you have kids, playing Play-Doh because it is National Play-Doh Day.  This day is observed annually on September 16th.

If you have a toddler, we always find ways to keep them busy because they easily get bored.  We can do that by introducing a new game and a new kind of toy, which will encourage them to be creative, and most importantly busy, by playing some Play-Doh, just be ready, it is going to be messy.

As a parent, we always think of things to encourage our little ones to keep them occupied, especially when we want to get things done around the house or something you need to work on, and introducing new toys to them picks their interest.  Children love to tinker with their little fingers and introducing a Play-Doh will encourage them to create little items they like, and it also brings out their creativity.

Play-Doh is a modeling compound used by young children for arts and crafts at home and in schools.  It is usually composed of flour, water, salt, borax, and mineral oil.  They were first manufactured in Cincinnati, Ohio as a wallpaper cleaner in the 1930s.  Promotional advertising of Play-Doh influenced children when they first showed it in a television commercial in 1957 which increased the product’s sales.  Since it’s launch on the toy market in the mid-1950s, it has generated a considerable amount of ancillary merchandise such as The Fun Factory.

Play-Doh is non-toxic, non-staining reusable modeling compound which is pliable, putty-like substance, created by Noah McVicker of Cincinnati-based soap manufacturer Kutol Products.  Noah McVicker was persuaded by Kay Zufall after an art project with the wallpaper cleaning putty in school, which her students had fun and enjoyed it, persuading him to manufacture it as a child’s toy and her husband came up with the name Play-Doh.

More than two billion cans of Play-Doh were sold between 1955 and 2005, and in 2005, Play-Doh was being sold in 75 countries at 95 million cans a year.  Here in the United States, more than 6,000 stores carry Play-Doh and to mark its 50th anniversary, Demeter Fragrance Library created a limited-edition fragrance inspired by Play-Doh’s distinctive odor for “highly-creative people, who seek a whimsical scent reminiscing their childhood.

Nowadays, Play-Doh is sold in different colors and not only children at home use them for toys, but children in school, who use  Play-doh to create different things for their school projects.

So, today, celebrated this day by going to the store and grab different colors tubs of Play-Doh and get ready to play with your little ones.  If you have an upcoming birthday party for your little ones, you can include little tubs of Play-Doh in your party giveaways which children will love to have and play with when they get home, or you can have a Play-Doh party with all your little toddler’s friend.  The sky is the limit if you are creative and you can encourage your little ones to be creative or make playtime fun.  Share on social media the fun experience of playing Play-Doh creating miniature items with your young children and making playtime fun by sharing photos and using #Play-DohDay.

1893 Settlers race to claim land in Oklahoma

On September 16, 1893, the largest land run in history begins with more than 100,000 people pouring into the Cherokee Strip of Oklahoma to claim valuable land that had once belonged to Native Americans. With a single shot from a pistol the mad dash began, and land-hungry pioneers on horseback and in carriages raced forward to stake their claims to the best acres.

Ironically, not many years before that same land had once been considered a worthless desert. Early explorers of Oklahoma believed that the territory was too arid and treeless for white settlement, but several suggested it might be the perfect place to resettle Indians, whose rich and fertile lands in the southeast were increasingly coveted by Americans. The U.S. government later took this advice and began removing eastern Indian tribes like the Cherokee and Choctaw to Oklahoma Territory in 1817. No more eager than the whites to leave their green and well-watered lands for the arid plains, some Indians resisted and had to be removed by force-most tragically, the 4,000 Cherokee who died during the brutal overland march known appropriately as the “Trail of Tears.”

(excerpted from https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/settlers-race-to-claim-land)