The best ever no-cook playdough recipe

The best ever no-cook playdough recipe

We’ve been working with children for many years and play dough is the fail safe way to engage and excite little hands and minds! It is a brilliant sensory and fine motor tool that is ridiculously easy to make and SO much better than any of the versions you will find in the shops.

By making it yourself you know exactly what has gone into it and can also customise it in so many ways. You can add colour, sparkles and even natural flavours or essential oils. It has a proven therapeutic quality and has saved my parenting on more occasions than I can number! It is, quite simply, the best play material out there.

We hope you will love our easiest ever, no-cook play dough recipe as much as we do!

Play Dough Recipe

You will need:

  • 2 cups plain flour (all purpose)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (baby oil and coconut oil work too)
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 1 to 1.5 cups boiling water (adding in increments until it feels just right)
  • gel food colouring (optional)
  • few drops of glycerine (our secret ingredient for stretch and shine!)


  • Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add food colouring to the boiling water then into the dry ingredients.
  • Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky, combined dough.
  • Add the glycerine (optional).
  • Allow it to cool down then take it out of the bowl and knead it vigorously for a couple of minutes until all the stickiness has gone. (This is the most important part of the process, so keep at it until it’s the perfect consistency.)
  • If it remains a little sticky then add a touch more flour until it’s just right.

You can store this play dough in an air tight container for at least 6 months. If you live in a humid climate you might need to store it in the fridge and out of sunlight.