No-cook play dough recipe

No-cook play dough recipe


Making play dough without cooking is an easy and fun way to entertain the kids. Children will love to squish, squash and get creative with this childhood favourite while you’ll enjoy the no-cook factor!


  • 1 cup salt
  • 3 cups plain flour
  • 60ml (1 tbsp) vegetable oil
  • food colouring
  • 250ml (1 cup) water


Mix all the dry ingredients and add oil.

Add the food colouring to water.

Slowly add the water until the desired consistency is reached.

Kneading will help to improve the texture, so let your kids get into it!

Serving Suggestions


  • Wrap the play dough up well after your child has finished playing with it in a ziplock bag (with all the air squeezed out) and then pop in an airtight plastic box. This way, it’ll stay fresh for another day.
  • Add the food colouring to the play dough and kneed on a plastic board if you don’t want to turn your wooden chopping board a funny colour!
  • Roll out the dough and use cookie cutters to make decorations. Use a straw to make a hole for hanging and then thread the air-dried shapes on to pretty ribbon or string to make a colourful garland.

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