Play-Doh play

Library hosts special youth activities

Emmett Hoag, 5, left, and his brother Owen, 3, both of Marquette, make creations from Play-Doh on Wednesday in the Great Room in the Peter White Public Library. For example, Emmett was making tooth molds using white Play-Doh. (Journal photo by Christie Bleck)

MARQUETTE — Play-Doh Play was advertised in the Peter White Public Library’s monthly events calendar as an activity for all youths “beyond trying to eat Play-Doh.”

According to the official Play-Doh website at https://playdoh.hasbro.com/en-us, the substance’s exact ingredients are proprietary, so they cannot be shared with the public.

It was noted, though, that Play-Doh primarily consists of water, salt and flour, and although it doesn’t contain peanuts, peanut oil or milk byproducts, it does contain wheat.

You’re still not supposed to eat it.

“Play-Doh compound is not a food item and is not intended to be eaten,” the website reads.

That rule was followed during special Wednesday activities in the library’s Great Room.

Mary Harma, PWPL Youth Services assistant, oversaw youngsters of different ages make things out of Play-Doh, such as ice cream — and teeth.

One toy allowed Emmett Hoag, 5, of Marquette to pack white Play-Doh into a mouth mold to make individual teeth.

It was interesting enough that it sparked his brother, Owen, 3, to say, “I want to try that!”

Harma said the library didn’t conduct its regular storytime programming during the past week, so alternative activities included Play-Doh and accompanying toys.

There were items such as letters, a Play-Doh construction set and an ice cream set.

The morning and afternoon Wednesday sessions were well attended.

“It’s hot out, and nice and cold in here,” Harma said.

However, staying cool probably wasn’t the main reason youngsters spent part of their day in the Great Room.

What is it about the simple lure of Play-Doh for Kids?

Harma believes it’s the sensory experience of “smooshing and creative play.”

For more information about PWPL events, visit www.pwpl.info or call 906-228-9510.

Christie Bleck can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250. Her email address is cbleck@miningjournal.net.