This no-cook playdough recipe is very easy to make, it doesn’t involve any cooking at all, you only need 6 ingredients and you can make as many colours as you like.

My four year old daughter LOVES play dough but she always mixes all the colours together. We always end up with only one colour, most likely brown or yucky green and it drives me nuts! I must’ve spent hundreds on Playdoh over the years, until I decided to make it myself. I’ve tried several recipes before; cooked, no-cook, with cream of tartar, without cream of tartar and even with Kool Aid.

I wanted a recipe I would be able to make with my daughters so all the recipes that required cooking were not ideal. I finally found the best recipe at my 4 year old’s preschool. I was quite amazed at how easy it is to make and I find the texture as nice as the one you buy at the store.

This recipe is very easy to make, it doesn’t involve any cooking, you only need 6 ingredients and you can make as many colours as you like. It will last about a month in the fridge or more, depending on how often your kids play with it.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of plain flour
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar
  • 2 cups of warm water
  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • 2-3 drops of food colouring

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Here are two options – Follow method #1 if you want to make only one colour. Method #2 for 4 different colours.

METHOD #1 – 1 Colour

Step 1 – Combine flour, salt and cream of tartar in a large bowl. Add the warm water, oil and the food colouring. Mix well until thick and smooth.

Step 2 – Sprinkle your cutting board or table with flour and knead thoroughly. If you find the consistency too soft while kneading the dough, keep on adding a little bit of flour until the dough is firmer.

Step 3 – Store in an airtight container or Ziplock and keep in the fridge for up to 4 weeks.

 

METHOD #2 – 4 Different Colours

Step 1 – Mix flour, salt and cream of tartar in a large bowl.

Step 2 – Prepare four small bowls. In each bowl add 1/2 cup of the warm water, 1/2 tbsp oil and the food colouring .

Step 3 – Pour about a cup of your dry mixture into each bowl and mix well until thick and smooth.

Step 4 – Sprinkle your cutting board or table with flour and knead thoroughly. If you find the consistency too soft while kneading the dough, keep on adding a little bit of flour until the dough is firmer.

Step 5 – Store in an airtight container or Ziplock and keep in the fridge for up to 4 weeks.

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Don’t have cream of tartar?

That’s ok, you can still make this recipe without it but it won’t keep as long. I’ve made it before and added more flour and salt to the mix. Although it was fine to play with on the day, it became way too sticky after it’d been stored in the fridge for a few days.

Don’t forget to watch our video for the full demonstration.

Have you tried this recipe? Let me know how you liked it in the comments below!

 

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Karine is the founder of Little Matrix. She is a mum, a food enthusiast and a self-confessed online shopaholic. You can see Karine in the Little Matrix videos sharing quick meal ideas and a variety of DIY tutorials to help you save time, money and make life just a little easier.
  • Carla

    Love this recipe! I made four colors – 2 were perfect but the 2 other ones were a bit soft so I added a little bit of flour and got the perfect dough. It kept for 2 months in the fridge 🙂

    • Glad to hear it turned out great! You might have put a little bit more liquid or flour in two of your colours when splitting the ingredients. I’ve done that before. The key is to add a little bit of flour just like you did to get the right consistency.