Happy National Play-Doh Day!

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September 16th is National Play-Doh Day, a day to enjoy the fun colorful modeling compound in an effort to rediscover the creativity we all had as small children. Hasbro’s Play-Doh, which is composed of flour, water, salt, boric acid, and silicone oil, was originally manufactured as a putty-like wallpaper cleaner in the 1930s. Two decades later when it was discovered that a teacher was using the non-toxic, non-staining substance for arts and crafts projects the compound was reworked and sold to schools in Cincinnati. With great marketing campaigns and a natural appeal, Play-Doh quickly became a popular children’s toy. Over two billion cans were sold between 1955 and 2005 in over 75 countries around the world.

My favorite way to celebrate Play-Doh Day is to sit down with my husband, kids and a few of our kid’s friends and create Play-Doh Sculptures. The Play-Doh Sculptures you see above are in honor of the 2013 Emmy Awards. Since I have an actor’s background (wish me luck on my “House of Cards” audition today), I thought I’d share them with you all! I’d also like to share some tips on  how to create a Play-Doh Sculpture sure to last a long time. These sculptures make a perfect gift for the holidays.

Instructions
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Allow your Play-Doh sculpture to air dry slowly. It may take several weeks for sculptures to dry fully–even longer for larger sculptures.

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Choose a base on which to display the sculpture. This can be as simple as a piece of cardboard or paper plate, or you can choose something more elegant like a piece of wood or a glass candle holder.

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Thin white craft glue in a cup with a little water, in a ratio of about two parts glue to one part water. Use the paintbrush to coat the bottom of the sculpture with glue. Set the Play-Doh sculpture on top of base, then continue to coat the sculpture with glue until it is completely covered. Try not to use more glue than is necessary or spill excess glue on the base.

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Allow sculpture to air dry, then display. To keep the sculpture in good condition longer, avoid getting it wet, as the glue is water-soluble.

Do you have any memories about Play-Doh from your childhood or that you share with your children? Please share them in the Comments Below!

White House Easter Egg Roll Ticket Lottery Begins Thursday, February 21st

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White House Easter Egg Roll Ticket Lottery Begins Thursday, February 21, 2013

Tickets are distributed free of charge via an online lottery system, allowing guests from across the United States to participate. All attendees must have a ticket. The 2013 lottery opens on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. EST and closes on Monday, February 25, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. EST. To apply, visit www.recreation.gov. Lottery winners will be contacted on March 1, 2013.

Signing up for the 2013 White House Easter Egg Roll lottery is free. The deadline for lottery entries is at 10 a.m. Feb. 25. Lottery results will be available on March 1.

You will need to create a free account at recreation.gov to be able to enter the lottery when it opens.

The White House Easter Egg Roll is an annual family event to hunt for and race Easter Eggs on the White House Lawn while enjoying storytelling and a visit with the Easter Bunny. The holiday tradition has a long history dating back to 1878 when President Rutherford B. Hayes officially opened the White House grounds to local children for egg rolling on Easter Monday. Successive Presidents have continued the tradition of inviting children to the White House Lawn for egg rolling and other activities and entertainment.

The White House will open the South Lawn to children age twelve and under, along with their families, to enjoy sports, cooking classes, live musical performances, storytelling and the traditional White House Easter Egg Roll. The 2012 event featured the theme of “Get Up and Go!” promoting health and wellness with activities that encourage children to lead healthy and active lives and follow the First Lady’s ‘Let’s Move!’ initiative. The 2013 theme will be announced soon.

Date of the White House Easter Egg Roll: April 1, 2013, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

LocationWhite House,1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC (202) 456-7041. All guests will enter the event from the Ellipse and will go through a security screening process.

All attendees will be required to go through a security screening process. No food or beverages are allowed on the grounds. Duffel Bags, suitcases and backpacks are not allowed. Strollers, diaper bags, baby formula, and baby bottles are permitted.
More information about the event is available at www.whitehouse.gov/eastereggroll.