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The Best No Cook Play Dough Recipe

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What kids doesn’t love play dough (play-doh)?

In our house, it’s our favourite indoor activity. We have tons of tools, rollers and play dough activity sheets to keep them entertained. My kids can literally sit for hours and play with it.

Ella loves to make pretend food to that she serve everyone and Liam loves to make play dough surprise eggs. What! You’ve never heard of play dough surprise eggs?? Go check out Youtube and you’ll find about a billion videos of kids making and opening these. I really don’t get it, but kids seem to love them.

Now, I can honestly say, I love play dough too….other than the clean up (seriously, why are there so many balls all over the floor?). It’s worth it though because it gives me some free time to do things around the house or to just sit around with my feet up (let’s be honest, it’s usually the latter). Our play dough usually ends up in one gigantic ball so buying new play dough every week can get pretty expensive.



The other day it was raining at our house so we thought that it’d be fun to make our own! After searching the internet and a bit of trial and error, I think we’ve found the best ever no cook play dough recipe. We love this recipe! We actually like it way more than store bought play dough because of it’s soft texture and the fact that it lasts so much longer. This recipe makes a lot, so feel free to half it or even quarter it.


The Best No Cook Play Dough Recipe


What You’ll Need:

4 cups of flour

1 cup of table salt

4 tbsp of Cream of Tarter

4 tbsp of vegetable oil (canola works well too)

2.5- 3 cups of boiling water

Food colouring

Optional: 5-10 drops of your favourite essential oil (we like vanilla or citrus)


Play Dough Directions:

  1. Mix together flour, salt and cream of tarter in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Combine vegetable oil and essential oil, then add to the dry ingredients. Mix well.
  3. Add boiling water and stir.
  4. Knead dough for 3-5 minutes. Allow to cool.
  5. When cool, divide dough into large balls. Add your choice of food colouring to each ball and knead *
  6. Enjoy!



* Note: Step 5 can get get pretty messy. Lay out plastic wrap and wear gloves if you want to save your countertop and hands.

Store in large storage bags or an airtight tupperware container. Play dough can be kept for months as long as it’s stored properly.


It was so easy to make and the kids really enjoyed this activity. I laid out some plastic wrap on the counters so clean up was a breeze too. We will definitely be remaking this one!

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What are some fun indoor activities you and your kids like to do together?


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  • Reply Katie Bressler

    I cannot wait till my little one gets older to play with play dough. It opens up so many doors to their imagination. And making it at home is so fun!

    June 30, 2017 at 7:44 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      I agree Katie! It’s so fun to see what they come up with.

      July 1, 2017 at 3:20 am
  • Reply Anna Ottlinger

    This looks fun and easy to make! Great activity for a rainy day or anytime.

    June 30, 2017 at 8:25 pm
  • Reply Casey the College Celiac

    I’ve never thought of creating my own play dough before I love how simple this recipe is! And how cool that you can make it any color you want!

    July 1, 2017 at 12:17 am
  • Reply Mindy

    Great idea! I never want to think about my kid eating regular playdoh but if they ate this it’d be okay!

    July 1, 2017 at 12:17 am
    • Reply Jessie

      For sure Mindy! It’s a little on the salty side but at least it won’t due them any harm 🙂

      July 1, 2017 at 3:19 am
  • Reply Mica

    Thanks for sharing this! I have a toddler who loves to eat everything so I should really make some of this for him as it’s safe (and maybe the salty taste will put him off, haha!).

    July 1, 2017 at 3:38 am
  • Reply Jennifer

    We LOVE play doh here! Favorite activity hands down.Making it is half the fun! I try to keep ours food safe since Little Miss still likes to lick it LOL.

    July 1, 2017 at 2:53 pm
  • Reply Meredith ~ The Papery Craftery

    Sounds simple enough! I’ve made the cooked kind of homemade play dough, but it did take a while, and the kiddos couldn’t really help. We’ll have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing!

    July 1, 2017 at 7:19 pm
  • Reply Mandi Em

    This is great because my little one wont stop eating his play dough so i need something without junk in it!

    July 3, 2017 at 1:52 pm
  • Reply Kristi at Disney Insider Tips

    Love creating playdough. One thing we sometimes add is essential oils so that they smell really yummy too!

    July 3, 2017 at 2:36 pm
  • Reply Wendi Boyers

    It’s been so rainy here! We’ve been dying of boredom. I can’t wait to try this with my two!

    July 13, 2017 at 10:44 pm
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