#WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 21 - My Favorite Toy - Play-Doh - 70s - Doodlewash

Day 21 – My Favorite Toy

Today was an exciting event as I got to see my first total solar eclipse, since I was on the “path of totality” which sounds so good I wish more of my life was that lucky. The last eclipse I witnessed was only partial and the experience consisted of peering through a hole in a Pringles can while sitting on the playground during recess. For some reason, this made me think of Play-Doh so that’s where we landed today. We’ll get to that in a moment, but I’m still rather amazed at the sight of the eclipse. We weren’t far enough north to experience anything that lasted minutes, but for a few seconds, it was possible to look directly into the sun! It was such a memorable experience that will be burned into my memory for some time, though hopefully, thanks to the safety glasses worn for the majority of it, not my retinas. There was extra drama, however, since the morning began with a huge thunderstorm and a sky even darker than the eclipse created. Just an hour before the big event, the clouds parted, only to return in patches in the minutes leading up to it. Just as the clouds threatened to cover the big moment entirely, they thinned and parted and a fabulous memory was made.

I truly thought that viewing an event like this would be just sort of fun. Perhaps, that childhood version was still lurking there, which was not particularly amazing, but memorable because I got to make something cool with a can of chips. What I experienced today was nothing short of incredible. A moment and memory that will last a lifetime. And even though that time on the playground wasn’t quite as amazing, it formed in me the excitement of creating something by hand. The mere idea that a simple can of chips could be transformed into something capable of projecting an image of the moon passing by the sun was thrilling! Discovering Play-Doh and the ability to mold something into whatever shape my imagination commanded was equally thrilling. I didn’t grow up to be a sculptor, but I did grow up to be a maker. Fascinated by the idea of creating something from nothing at all. And seriously, the smell of Play-Doh is such an intoxicating thing. I remember, just opening a can, still cardboard at the point, and taking a long slow sniff before jumping into my artistic pursuits.

I didn’t really have an idea in mind of what I wanted to make. I would just play and let whatever happened next, simply happen. I think that has stayed with me throughout my life and shaped the man I ultimately became. I adore each of you for coming to view my posts, knowing that you’ll never quite no what’s going to happen next. Some people have asked me about why I love all of these nostalgic memories. Do I live in the past? No, I respond. I live in the present, but with all of the beautiful memories that brought me here. When I sketch something from my childhood, I’m also sketching what’s happening right now. The memories that made me are the one’s that still shape every moment I’m currently living. That’s the beautiful thing about life. It’s our complete story. And no matter how old we become, we would be remiss to not honor that “once upon a time.” Today, I experienced an incredible moment in the form of a total solar eclipse. Tomorrow, I’ll still be the product of all those amazing memories experienced while enjoying my favorite toy.

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#WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 21 - My Favorite Toy - Play-Doh - 70s - Doodlewash

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44 thoughts on “Day 21 – My Favorite Toy

  1. Is that Little Charlie on the Play-Doh cover? It was so much fun for kids and then for the next generation as well – that strange smell, the squishiness, the color mixes. So much fun. Did you ever watch a very tiny child poke her finger into Play-Doh for the first time? It’s like discovering the whole world.

    1. Lol… very little Charlie did have blonde hair before it turned dark and then, well, grey. And yes!! I’ve totally seen that! It’s such a wonderful thing to see a little one discover Play-Doh for the first time! 😃💕

  2. I enjoy your articles so much. This one in particular is a huge pleasure because it reminds me
    of all the playdoh I bought for my son. By the time his daughter was ready for playdoh, I was into making
    our own …I’m thinking everybody in the world has done this, but just in case that’s not so
    here’s the recipe:

    2 cups all purpose flour
    2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    1/2 cup salt
    2 tablespoons cream of tartar
    1 and 1/2 cups boiling water (add a little at a time, you may not need all of it)
    food coloring

    Mix flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl

    Add food coloring to the boiling water and then mix water with dry ingredients
    Keep stirring until it all sticks together in a ball.

    Let it cool, then take it out of the bowl and knead it for a couple of minutes. It is important to continue
    to kneed until it has the elasticity you want.

    And then, no matter your age or background, you become a sculptor.

    Do I hear a whaaaaaaaa? and “What about that awesome scent?” Well, it is true Hasbro has trademarked
    their secret recipe, but we have come pretty close with a splash of real vanilla and a teensy tiny splash of
    cherry candy flavoring. (you have to practice, but it’s doable.)

    Thanks again for your great articles.

  3. Who doesn’t Love Play Doh!! I haven’t played with it since my grandchild was little and I’d buy.for him and we would play with it for hours together. Now he’s playing high school football, is on a soccer team, and has a girlfriend. Time marches on!
    P.S. I have yet to receive any of my give-aways from Cheap Joe’s, Daniel Smith or paper products. Maybe they will all arrive together.

    1. Thanks so much, Kaye! 😃💕 Awww you should totally gather them and play with Play-Doh again! hehe… it would still be fun! And sorry for the delay on shipment. The paper was new so it will be shipping soon. Cheap Joe’s had a slight inventory issue, but that will be on it’s way. And the paint is Da Vinci, and I’ll double-check on that! 😉

  4. While I did enjoy playdoh, my favorite toy was actually Crayola crayons and a stack of blank paper. My mom always made sure we had plenty of paper and crayons. To this day when I open a new box of crayons, I smile because they smell like fun and creativity.

    Sigh, now I want to play with crayons.

  5. My big ask of Santa the year I was 4, was the Playdoh fun factory toy, and it was my favorite toy of the year. Unlike so many of the rest of you, though, I have always detested the smell of playdoh!

    Charlie, so cool that you were able to see a total eclipse. I hope you’ll do a doodlewash of it someday. I’ve seen a couple of partials, but was not impressed. A good lunar eclipse in a dark location, on the other hand, is truly an inspiring experience.

    1. Thanks, Lisa! 😃💕 Not a fan of the smell, eh? hehe… I guess it’s just a thing for the rest of us. But yes, the total eclipse was truly amazing. I didn’t expect to be as impressed as I was, but it was incredible!

  6. I think Playdoh changed its scent in recent years — I was playing with a friend of mine’s kid, and the smell was similar to what I remember, but not quite the same, which was weirdly disorienting. Kind of like trying Froot Loops as an adult and realizing that they kind of taste like weird, gritty candy made by malevolent childhaters. 😀

    Your post makes me think about all the things I loved as a kid that I’ve sort of self-mythologized, though — things that are part of my Origin Story, so to speak. Thanks for that. <3

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