Easiest no-cook Play Dough Recipe EVER!

This is the easiest no-cook play dough recipe you will ever find!

Easiest no-cook Play Dough Recipe Ever

My daughters have all loved using this easy no-cook play dough recipe for years and years, it has never let us down. The recipe is so simple that they can have fun helping me to make it and then go on to have hours and hours of fun after making and playing as well.

Easiest no-cook Play Dough Recipe EVER!

This is such a versatile recipe, you can use add a small amount of essential oils to flavour the play dough. Different food colours and even add glitter to make it that bit more special. You can create a play dough to fit any occasion using this easy no-cook recipe.

Ingredients – (1 ball of play dough)

  • 1 cup of plain flour
  • 1/4 cup of table salt
  • 1/2 cup of hot water (careful if kids are helping you with this bit)
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • Food colouring of your choice

How to make the easiest play dough ever!


  1. Combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add the food colouring to your hot water – you’ll need to use a fair bit to get a vibrant colour. I find gel colours give such a better colour.
  3. Carefully pour the coloured water into the dry ingredients.
  4. Add the oil and mix.
  5. Once cool enough use your hands and turn out on to a clean work surface.
  6. Knead Knead Knead – the longer you knead the smoother the play dough will become.
The play dough is ready to play with.
Repeat the recipe until you have all the colours you like.


Do I need cream of tartar?

I always get asked do you need cream of tartar for play dough and the answer is no as long as you kneed the mixture throughly you’ll have perfect smooth play dough and won’t need it.

How long will my play dough last?

The salt will act as a preserver, the play dough will last up to 6 months, although my children usually mix the colours into a brown blob before it gets to that point and want it re-made!

How should I store my play dough?

I like to store mine in sandwich bags inside an air tight container. This ensures it lasts as long as possible.

My mixture is quite wet what shall I do?

The play dough mixture will start off quite wet and sticky keep it in a bowl using a spoon rather than hands to begin. once it has started to get less sticky turn it out onto a surface. The key to this recipe is kneading – knead knead knead. Add a little more flour if you feel you need it.

Do you have any other play dough recipes?

Yes, check out my two ingredient play dough recipe.



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  1. Sylvia
    July 12, 2019 / 6:14 pm

    Hi! I found this recipe last night and just tried it. Mine ended up way sticky oopps!!
    Not sure what I did wrong. Was it sticky for you at first??

  2. Asma
    July 16, 2019 / 3:25 pm

    Thank you very helpful , will gonnaturally make it for my son

  3. Leslie
    August 28, 2019 / 10:07 pm

    It’s a nice, smooth dough
    I had all of the ingredients on hand and it was easy to assemble
    Mine was very sticky as well
    I added quite a bit of extra flour
    Hoping it’s ok for a classroom full of kindergarteners tomorrow

    • Miranda
      December 6, 2020 / 6:45 pm

      Mine was very sticky, I just rolled it in flour and kneaded until it was good enough to play with.

  4. Skylar
    June 4, 2020 / 3:01 pm

    That recipe didn’t work for me at first but the second time it worked rlly well I made two batches!

  5. Alesha
    August 11, 2020 / 12:46 pm

    I tried this today and it ended up sticky. I am going to try adding in more flour to see if that will help.

  6. May 10, 2021 / 3:14 am

    Thank you for giving my son’s science project that is due tomorrow a fighting chance. He procrastinated the project, but thanks to this recipe ( X8) we now have a basketball covered in play dough and looking much more Jupiter-like. I will say if you make it in the massive quantities that I did, you will need to add extra flour.

  7. Anuritha
    May 31, 2021 / 12:41 pm

    How long can it be stored and do we have to refrigerate it?

    • Amy
      July 6, 2021 / 11:34 am

      In my experience if its being taken out and played with daily it can last weeks and weeks

  8. Ami
    November 18, 2021 / 3:18 pm

    Does the play dough needs to be refrigerated?

    • Amy
      November 18, 2021 / 5:58 pm

      no, I found it fine in an air tight container. But it wouldn’t do it any harm if you did want to.

  9. March 24, 2022 / 6:57 pm

    LOVE this recipe! Success first try. I’ve made play dough many times over the years using recipes that include cream of tartar, but we were out so I tried this. Thank you!!

    To any who find it sticky, don’t skimp on salt and make sure the water is hit enough. I use the 4 oz setting on my keurig – run one 4 oz to make sure it’s hot, then use a second 4 for the recipe. In a glass measuring cup to keep the heat.

    Happy kneading!

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