I have a rambunctious 4 year old with a playdough obsession. He collects playdough in every color imaginable. If he could squish it, he wants it. Manipulative objects are his thing. Heck, he even squishes and swirls his food at any given opportunity.
So of course, after his older brother decided to make literal popcorn with his last two tubs of colorful dough, I decided to make him a fresh batch of the soft stuff. I made this in high school in my Child Development class. It was always a favorite with my babysitting clients.
And a big batch this makes! About the equivalent of 4 plastic containers worth! Your kids will love squishing and shaping this simple playdough and you’ll love the money you’ll save!
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup salt
1 Tb canola oil
1 tsp cream of tarter
2 cups water
1 tsp extract (vanilla, lemon, almond-optional)
several drops food safe food coloring (optional)
In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, combine the water, salt, oil, food coloring and extract.
Stir in the flour and cream of tarter and mix until a dough forms, about 3-5 minutes.
Caution: dough will be hot! Turn out on a cutting board.
Knead with a dough scraper or oven gloves until smooth.
Store in a zip tight bag in the refrigerator. Non-toxic.