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No-Cook Homemade 🌈 Play Dough Recipe

December 2, 2017

Finally, we made no-cook homemade play dough inspired by so many talented Mamas. I think my children enjoyed making it even more than playing with it! Please, note, since this natural play dough has no preservatives, it must be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. Also, playdough will become crumbly with time (as it dries out even within a few hours while being left out), so just add few drops of vegetable oil to bring it back to "life"!


What you will need (double up if you would like to make more):

  • 1 cup of white all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar (to substitute ~ add 1 tsp of vinegar + 1 tsp of salt ~ more here)
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup of boiling water (adding in increments)
  • food coloring (we are using this neon food coloring set)
  • optional: 1 tsp of glycerine for shine (although vegetable oil adds shine already)
  • optional: essential oils (we also added Lavender essential oil to add some olfactory dimension to our play dough (do omit it if you have smaller children who might otherwise put play dough in the mouth, since other than this ingredient, the playdough is safe if ingested).

DSC_0056-3How to make your play dough:

  • mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl,
  • stir in water continuously until it becomes a sticky combined mixture,
  • add the glycerine to give your dough a nice shine (optional),
  • add essential oil (optional),
  • allow the dough to cool down and then knead it for few minutes until all of the stickiness has gone (add more flour if it is too sticky).

DSC_0067The key is to keep kneading continuously until the dough does not feel sticky anymore!
DSC_0067We first made 12 plain balls and then added a different color to each.
DSC_0067An hour later…

See here our playdough in action in a post "No-Cook Homemade Play Dough 🎄Christmas Tree DIY Craft."

For more on color mixing, see  here a video-post "👔 Father's Day🎈Balloon Color-mixing DIY Craft (Sensorial 🖐️👀👂👅👃 Activities 101 🎥 Series 🎇)."  And, see here a 🎥 video post "Paper Towel, Markers and 💦Water 🌈 Color Mixing ⚗️Experiment."

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