This is the easiest no-cook play dough recipe you will ever find!
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!
- Combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
- 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.
- Carefully pour the coloured water into the dry ingredients.
- Add the oil and mix.
- Once cool enough use your hands and turn out on to a clean work surface.
- Knead Knead Knead – the longer you knead the smoother the play dough will become.
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.