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No Cook Playdough Recipe

This is the easiest playdough recipe. Don’t want to cook your playdough? Don’t worry, we’ve got a recipe for that! This no cook playdough works nearly as well as cooked playdough and you don’t need a stove at all (well, you need something to boil the water on/in)!

No Cook Playdough Recipe


  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 cup of boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of oil

no cook playdough recipe


  • Simply mix all the ingredients together!
  • Be careful as it can be quite hot.

This is as simple as a playdough recipe will ever get. Mix together and enjoy!

Extended directions for No Cook Playdough Recipe

This playdough recipe doesn’t end with you cooking it in a pan, you do however need boiling (or close to) water when making it.

Step 1:

I began by collecting all the ingredients. The flour, salt, water, oil, cream of tartar and food coloring. The food coloring is optional but it makes the finished playdough look more fun.

No Cook Playdough Recipe Step 1

Step 2:

Pour all ingredients into a bowl, except for the water. Like the image below. When the water is boiling, add that too. You don’t have to be careful, just add all at once.

No Cook Playdough Recipe Step 2

Step 3:

After some initial stiring it will look like below. Looks a bit lumpy, but don’t worry, just keep stiring.

No Cook Playdough Recipe Step 3

Step 4:

After some more stiring the lumps are gone and you should basically have some finished playdough. This attempt wasn’t 100% successful though, since the playdough is way too sticky.

No Cook Playdough Recipe Step 4

Step 5:

If you thought this batch of playdough was lost, think again, we can easily solve the problem with sticky playdough. We just add some more flour and knead for a few seconds.

No Cook Playdough Recipe Step 5

Step 6:

When the playdough is finished, it will look as blue and nice as the image below. Good luck!

No Cook Playdough Recipe Step 6

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  • Rosaura

    It look easy, before I found this recipe I use to make tortilla dough for my grankids.

    • admin

      It is very easy, give it a try! πŸ™‚

      I’ve never tried tortilla dough, want to share?

  • Marsha

    What does 1 cup mean? I don’t really bake so is it an actual drinking cup or what? Help!!!!

    • admin

      No worries Marsha, I’ll explain.

      1 cup is a common measure and it’s the same amount as 16 tablespoons. In 1 tablespoon you have 3 teaspoons.

      Let me know if anything is unclear.

    • destini

      if you go to the store and ask a lady or a guy for a measuring cup it should help

    • Al Slushie

      Hi Marsha I’m Alyssa and to answer your question no it means like a measuring cup called a cup you can always use 3 of 1/3 cups

  • nikki

    Marsha, if u have a glass measuring cup then u will see there’s 1 and 2 cups (depending on which one u use) if you a set of little cups look for the one with 1 printed on it

    Tell me if it helped πŸ™‚

  • Marie

    I really love this recipe for playdough it is fun and quick!!:)

    • admin

      It sure is! Very simple but still a good playdough.

  • kelly

    is the cream of tartar neccessary or can the no cook mixture be made without it?

    • admin

      I don’t think it will be very good without. Cream of tartar makes the playdough elastic and “doughy”.

  • lulu

    Tried the Microwave recipie very fun and easy!

    • admin

      Glad to hear! πŸ™‚

  • Kathy

    I’m thinking this would be a quick recipe for me to whip up for a Sunday School craft. How long does it keep? How should I store it so the kids can work with it in a couple of days? Thanks!

    • admin

      Keep it airtight in the fridge. It should be good for 1-2 weeks. As long as it smells ok and the texture is “playdoughy”.

  • Jessica

    I teach 2-year-old preschool and we love this recipe! It’s safe and easy for the kids to help make in the classroom. We even split the final dough up and gave each child a small portion last time, they got to choose what kind(s) of food color they wanted in their piece. They loved kneading the colors in themselves! We just keep the playdough in one of those gladware or ziplock brand plastic containers in a cabinet and it lasts a long time. Our last batch was almost a month ago and we’re still using it! Getting ready to make some more this week, but only because it’s getting dirty (they’re 2 and drop everything on the floor haha) the texture of it is still great! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe, it’s getting laminated and put in a binder of great activities for safe keeping πŸ™‚

    • admin

      Wow! I’m so glad to hear!

      I can imagine how they like to knead for themselves, the stickier the better I suspect! πŸ˜‰

      Thank you for your kind words! πŸ™‚

  • Rachel Parlee

    do you use cooking oil or vegetable oil?

    • admin

      I’ve used vegetable oil, but both should do the work.

  • Sarah

    Can you use an electric beater for tis recipe?

    • admin

      I suppose so, but there shouldn’t be any need for it, since it’s very easy to knead.

  • Christina

    Does this playdough harden? I am looking for an easy inexpensive way to make sculptures at a child’s birthday party. Thanks!

    • admin

      It does, but it will crack a bit.

    • Jennifer

      Look up cold porcelain…Beautiful to work with…I used it to make jewelry….Don’t remember the recipe, but is basically flour white glue and lemon juice

    • Eugeniusz

      I wanted to use this in my class and was wonedring how to store the dough not in use. I’d like to make it the night before. If I put it in a airtight container/bag, will it last or does it need to go in the fridge?

      • admin

        It should last fine over night, good luck! πŸ™‚

  • Lisa

    I tripled this batch and it worked out great! Then I made 5 triple batches…all of them turned out wonderful…separated them into 5 different colors and 40 different bags. Super recipe.

    • admin

      Wow! Sounds like a factory! Hehe πŸ™‚

  • Amanda Jones

    Thank you! Our 2.5 year old daughter has been asking to bake cookies. We finally realized that she didn’t really wanted to eat the cookies, just play in the dough, so this recipe saved our kitchen (and my sanity!) πŸ™‚ Now she can make play cookies all day, every day, if she wants, and the loving adults in her life are not being force-fed cookies. (Mine did turn out a little sticky and I had to add more flour as well. Thanks for the tip!)

    • admin

      Glad to hear I could help! πŸ™‚

  • ClassyRed

    I make play dough on a regular basis but have never used cream of tartar, it works both ways but I’m excited to see what happens when I do add it! I use my dehydrator and a spray sealant after they have dried for the “master pieces”.

    • admin

      Cool! Could you add a link to the dehydrator and a spray sealant you’re using?

    • SHARI

      I am looking for a GOOD recipe for my daughter to make for her kids, as they are always leaving the lids off the playdoh, and then get mad when they can’t because ” someone” left the lids off of them and they are always blaming each other because they didn’t do it it was one of the other ones that did it.. She has a 8 yr old, a 6 yr old,, and then a 3 yr old, and she lets the kids help her make things ,,if it isn’t too hard to do with kids. so can you tell me how you did yours so I can pass it along to her, she does not have a PC. Thanks ….Shari

  • Angela

    Are you sure its 1 cup flour to 1 cup water? Mine was really watery. I had to add quite a bit more flour. otherwise turned out great.

    • admin

      It’s always worked for me, but definately noted, thank you.

  • Lorna

    Just made this with my kids and it is a great recipe – quick and easy! πŸ™‚

    • admin

      Great! I bet they enjoyed it! πŸ™‚

  • Abby cook

    Thank you so much! This is an awesome reciepe! I just made this and it took about 5 minutes!

  • Jennie

    Works great! We keep ours in the fridge and it lasts over a month. Just made a few batches for my Daughter’s second birthday party and I know it will be a hit!

    • admin

      Nice! It will definately be a hit πŸ™‚

  • Tia

    Can you bake this afterwards to harden?

    • admin

      I’m not sure, please try and let us know πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer Espinoza

    I use my food processer to mix this all up and it just balls very quickly! I also use baby oil sometimes for a wonderful smell!

  • Lacey Ochoa

    Thank you so much this is a fun and inexpensive way to keep my 3 year old son busy πŸ™‚ love it!

    • admin

      You are most welcome! Thank you for using my recipes πŸ™‚

  • mia

    I’m nine years old and I love this recipe! we are about to do it again. I cant wait. it will be supper fun!!!! my mom loves easy recipes! this is one of my favorites! thanks!:]

    • admin

      Great to hear Mia! Good luck on making your next playdough πŸ™‚

  • renee miller

    is this easy four babysitters to do with kids on the weekends

    • admin

      Absolutely πŸ˜‰

  • Thomas

    I am in the Army and trying to do something new, budget cuts πŸ™‚ . I need to make 20-30 LBS of playdough that will not dry or harden (reasonable life span of a month or so?). I will be using it to form 1.25 LB blocks for training aids. Any advice or suggestions?

  • sabrina

    How do you store this play dough?

    • admin

      Any airtight container should do the trick πŸ™‚

  • Nicola

    can I ask if the dough getting wet and sticky after few days?
    as I made for my 2yr old son, and afterwards we keep in the plastic bag and a box for storage, 2 days later when we play agian, the dough really really sticky and i have to add more flour, would like to know if you have any idea why is like this? thanks

    • j pac

      mine got really sticky too. kids would not touch it

  • sabrina

    What is the best playdough for baking in oven after they create?

    • Janey

      Personally I reckon the salt dough one is as it lasts better once baked.

  • Lisa

    We use a packet of Kool Aid for color & scent. πŸ˜‰

  • Satia

    Are you sure it works

  • Satia

    Cause I need it soonπŸ˜‰

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