Click the links to download these free calendars.
According to Hallmark, today is National Play-Doh Day! We’re not sure what September 16th has to do with Play-Doh, but here are some fun facts about the toy that started as a household cleaner.
1. Play-Doh was first sold as a wallpaper cleaner. People could remove soot and dirt from their wall coverings by simply rolling the wad of goop across the surface.
2. We might not have Play-Doh if it weren’t for Captain Kangaroo. When it was just a fledgling company with no advertising budget, inventor Joe McVicker talked his way in to visit Bob Keeshan, A.K.A. Captain K. Although the company couldn’t pay the show outright, McVicker offered them two percent of Play-Doh sales for featuring the product once a week. Keeshan loved the compound and began featuring it three times weekly. After that, it caught on like wildfire and was featured on DingDongSchool and Romper Room.
3. Since its inception, two billion cans of Play-Doh have been sold. Not bad for wallpaper cleaner. 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.
4. Back when it was a household cleaner, the product came in only one dud of a color: off-white. When it hit stores as a toy in 1955, red, blue and yellow were available. These days, you can find nearly every color of the rainbow, but a consumer poll taken in 2000 revealed that the fan favorites are rose red, purple paradise, garden green and blue lagoon.
5. For quite some time, Dr. Tien Liu had a resume blurb no one else in the world could claim: Play-Doh expert. Liu helped perfect the Play-Doh formula for the original company, Rainbow Crafts, and stayed on as a Play-Doh Expert when the modeling compound was purchased by Kenner and then Hasbro.
6. Want to smell like Play-Doh? You can. Demeter Fragrance Library worked with Hasbro to make the fragrance to commemorate Play-Doh’s 50th anniversary. Hasbro said the fragrance is “meant for highly creative people, who seek a whimsical scent reminiscent of their childhood.”
7. When biometric scanners were a bit more primitive, people discovered that you could make a mold of a person’s finger, then squish Play-Doh in the mold to make a replica of the finger that would actually fool fingerprint scanners. That won’t work with today’s more sophisticated systems.
8. The Play-Doh Dr. Drill ‘n Fill set seems a bit bizarre to me. It consisted of a giant head with a giant set of teeth for you to improve – jam Play-Doh in a cavity-riddled tooth to “fill” it or even pull teeth past saving with the pliers that came with the set. Despite the weird Dr. Drill ‘n Fill, it seems most Play-Doh sets are meant to encourage kids to eat the pliable putty, a habit that kids seem prone to anyway. Food-based sets include Breakfast Time (complete with Play-Doh waffle iron), Burger Builder, Spaghetti Factory, Barbeque Playset, Ice Cream Shoppe, Fun Food Poppin Movie Snacks, Pizza Party, Sweet Creations, Sandwich Shop, Fabulous Fruits… man, I kind of have a hankering for some salty, nontoxic dough right now…
9. You can make your own Play Doh. Here are several different recipes, including an edible peanut butter dough.
10. That little guy on the box? His name is Play-Doh Pete. He has evolved quite a bit over the years – back in the early days, the Play-Doh mascot was a somewhat creepy-looking elf. Sometime in the ‘60s, the mascot morphed into a beret-wearing boy and picked up the name Pete. Although his looks and style changed a little over the years, Pete didn’t drop the beret until the 1990s, when he picked up more of a teenage look and a cool new baseball cap.
Happy National Play-Doh Day to you and yours! Click the image above to download the coloring sheet. Enjoy!
Going green is easier than you think. There are little things you can do every day to help reduce greenhouse gases and make a less harmful impact on the environment. Taking care of the Earth is not just a responsibility — it’s a privilege. In that spirit, HowStuffWorks came up with the top 5 things you can do to help save the Earth.
1. Pay attention to how you use water. The little things can make a big difference. Every time you turn off the water while you’re brushing your teeth, you’re doing something good. Got a leaky toilet? You might be wasting 200 gallons of water a day [source: EPA]. Try drinking tap water instead of bottled water, so you aren’t wasting all that packaging as well. Wash your clothes in cold water
2. Leave your car at home. If you can stay off the road just two days a week, you’ll reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 1,590 pounds per year [source: EPA]. Combine your errands — hit the post office, grocery store and shoe repair place in one trip. It will save you gas and time.
3. Walk or ride your bike to work, school and anywhere you can. You can reduce greenhouse gases while burning some calories and improving your health. If you can’t walk or bike, use mass transit or carpool. Every car not on the road makes a difference.
4. Recycle.You can help reduce pollution just by putting that soda can in a different bin. If you’re trying to choose between two products, pick the one with the least packaging. If an office building of 7,000 workers recycled all of its office paper waste for a year, it would be the equivalent of taking almost 400 cars off the road [source: EPA].
5. Compost. Think about how much trash you make in a year. Reducing the amount of solid waste you produce in a year means taking up less space in landfills, so your tax dollars can work somewhere else. Plus, compost makes a great natural fertilizer. Composting is easier than you think.
What you’ll need:
3. Colors and/or markers
4. Yarn (or any string
How to make it:
1. Color light bulbs.
2. Cut out light bulbs.
3. Glue light bulb cutouts to yarn.
(Leave 3” of space between each light bulb cut out).
4. Now you’re done!
Click the image above to download the ornament shapes.
Traveling opens up a whole new world of adventure and learning. However, “one of the main benefits of travel in today’s times is interaction with cultures beyond own. Contact with other cultures helps us understand ways of life that are vastly different from ours, and that enhances our empathy towards others. We become less inclined to judge others just because they look different and act differently from us. Because these cultures are often beyond a country’s borders, travel with airplane is often necessary. Take the opportunity to travel now and increase your awareness of humanity*”.
Rather you are planning for a vacation or a staycation, get your kids prepared for the fun upahead. Feel free to download our destination coloring pages or purchase Destination Coloring Fun for some extended Fun. This book children on a journey through 7 continents, 27 countries, and 29 cities. While interacting with the historical destination images and activities, children will learn about diverse cultures and experience hours of coloring fun!
Click here to learn more about or purchase Doodles Destination Coloring Fun>
Click the above images to download the coloring sheets.
The theatric-craft activity is a perfect way to bring english and art together. Start by having your students write a short narrative on the activity sheet, which could include all or some of the following animals:
Collaborating on the writing assignment is ideal, but the only rule is to be creative! Once the story is finished, assign the roles, or have the students select which character they would like to be. After the roles are assigned, the students can begin the craft portion of the activity.
Safety Tips: Young kids (3 to 8 years) should use child-safe scissors. Small materials like buttons, beads, or pompoms
are choking hazards. Not suitable for use by kids below the age of three. Parental supervision is recommended.
Now your mask are complete…let the show begin! Click the images above to download the mask templates. Enjoy!