Easy Refrigerator Playdough

Easy Refrigerator Playdough | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

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.

Easy Refrigerator Playdough | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

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.

Easy Refrigerator Playdough | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

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!

Easy Refrigerator Playdough | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Ingredients:
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)

Directions:
In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, combine the water, salt, oil, food coloring and extract.

Easy Refrigerator Playdough | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Stir in the flour and cream of tarter and mix until a dough forms, about 3-5 minutes.

Easy Refrigerator Playdough | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Caution: dough will be hot! Turn out on a cutting board.

Easy Refrigerator Playdough | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Knead with a dough scraper or oven gloves until smooth.

Easy Refrigerator Playdough | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Store in a zip tight bag in the refrigerator. Non-toxic.

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