An Easy No Cook Playdough Recipe

Playdough and biscuit cutters

Little hands just love playdough! Playdough is so versatile and provides an enjoyable, sensory play activity for children. It’s perfect for getting those fingers working hard and strengthening fine motor skills. Playdough activities can also be linked to other areas of learning – the possibilities are endless.

With this easy no cook playdough recipe, you can whip up a batch of playdough in no time. I’ve tried many homemade playdough recipes and personally prefer it when there is no cooking involved. I prefer the feel of homemade playdough too.

I discovered this particular recipe over at The Imagination Tree where you can find a range of playdough recipes including scented and textured playdoughs, should you wish to experiment further.

This simple no cook playdough recipe creates beautifully soft and stretchy playdough and should last for up to 6 months.

Homemade playdough ingredients
No cook playdough ingredients


  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
  • 1 cup of boiling water
  • Food colouring (optional)
  • A few drops of glycerine (optional)


  • Add the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil to a bowl and mix
  • Add the food colouring to the boiled water
  • Gradually add the water into the bowl of ingredients and stir until it becomes a sticky, combined dough
  • Add the glycerine (optional)
  • Once cool, massage the playdough with your hands until it is no longer sticky. Add more flour if necessary.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

I hope you find this playdough recipe as simple and effective as I did. We’ve enjoyed using our biscuit cutters to create some nice shapes and have made some funny creations using playdough and pasta.

A face made from homemade playdough and pasta

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