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Best Ever No-Cook Play Dough Recipe Every Mom Needs To Know

four hands each holding a ball of playdough in blue, purple, red and yellow

Play dough is one of those activities that us parents either love or hate. Despite what we think of it, our children absolutely Love it! It benefits their development in so many ways.

One thing I’ve found over the years with play dough is that it can be quite pricey to buy. Especially if the lid pops off the storage containers and ruins the play dough.

So, to help you out, I’m going to share with you the recipe I use with ingredients from my kitchen cupboards.

It’s quick and simple to make, with no cooking involved. Bonus!

You can even get the kids to get stuck in and help too!

Not only that it smells delightful and moistures those little hands, but you’ll also want to join in too!

Please note: this recipe contains coconut oil so please check for allergies and due to the high salt content it is NOT safe for children to eat!

You will need:

  • 1 cup of plain flour (additional 1/2 cup for consistency)
  • 1/4 cup of salt
  • 10g cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup of boiled water
  • food colouring if desired – I use Sugarflair


1. mix the flour, salt and cream of tartar

2. I like to warm the coconut oil in my hands to remove any lumps but not essential! Add coconut oil to the bowl of dry ingredients

3. Pour out the pre-boiled water.

  • If using food colouring mix in your desired amount into the boiled water to create an even spread of colour. When using Sugarflair, a pea-sized lump is a plenty for a lovely vibrant colour!

4. Bit by bit add it to the mixture. Keep mixing until it creates a nice play dough consistency.

  • If a little oily, sprinkle in a little flour in a bit at a time until you reach your desired texture.

Once made store in an air tight container.

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