No Cook Play Dough

This no cook play dough recipe that I am sharing today is really simple to throw together and I always have the ingredients on hand.  It's a great alternative to all the recipes that call for cream of tartar that you cook on the stove.  If you do have cream of tartar and are looking for a cooked version you can check out this recipe.

I have made this no cook play dough recipe so many times for my kids. It only takes a few minutes to whip up and it's easy to change around to suit your mood.  Add in scents, glitter, or other small items to add to the sensory fun.

no cook play dough

For day to day use we keep it pretty simple, but for special occasions we like to add a little something extra to make it more fun. Since we made this batch of play dough in December, we added some peppermint to make it smell like Christmas and dyed it a bright Christmas green.

It's as simple as gathering your ingredients: flour, salt, oil, water, dye, peppermint extract (optional but fun)

Mix the dry and wet ingredients separately.

Then mix the wet ingredients into the dry. In my case I was surprised to find that the lids for my blue and green dye had been changed. Luckily I was able to add in a few drops of green to make a bright Christmas green.

Mix it all together until it is well combined.

And now the no cook play dough is ready to play with. I like to mix it up in the container that I store it in. Less dishes for me to wash.

Ingredients for No Cook Play Dough

1 c flour

1 c salt

1 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil

up to 3/4 c water

1-2 drops green dye

1 drop peppermint extract



1. Combine the flour and salt in a bowl. 

2. Measure the water and add in dye and extract.

3. Slowly add the water into the dry mixture. Mix together with a stick. You will know that you have enough water when it starts forming into a ball. This recipe is very adaptable. If it seems to dry, add water a tsp at a time. If its too wet, try adding equal parts flour and salt to get the texture that you want.

4. Once it is mostly combined you will want to take the no cook play dough and knead it in your hands until it forms a nice smooth ball. Now it's ready to play with!


Do you like to make your own play dough? Have you ever made a no cook play dough before? I'd love to hear your thoughts below. I would also love to see pictures of your little ones playing with this on Instagram #peachtreedr

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