Since its debut in 1956, Play-Doh modeling compound has been a popular outlet for creativity and arts-and-crafts projects in many homes and classrooms. The formulation was initially developed as wallpaper cleaner! It was originally sold as a toy by Cincinnati-based Rainbow Crafts and is now under the watchful eye of Hasbro.
A recent story by Laura Bliss on the CityLab website pitches Play-Doh as a logical choice for inclusion in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) curriculum and for the blended learning approach that has become a working mandate in many schools in the United States.
I look forward to seeing how her prediction of Play-Doh as a “sleek, design world-friendly tool” with roots firmly entrenched in 3-D modeling and printing plays out (no pun intended) in the future.