Easy No Cook Playdough Recipe

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I have 4 kids, the oldest is now 20… As you can imagine, I have made a TON of Playdough in my day!  After trial and error and blending many recipes, this is my favorite concoction!  I sometimes add a little peppermint extract, it smells great!

The best part… No cooking required!

REPIN Easy Playdough Recipe


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 3 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract (optional)
  • food coloring (optional)


  1. Put all ingredients into a bowl. Add boiling water.
  2. Knead until smooth.

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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

32 comments on “Easy No Cook Playdough Recipe”

  1. I thank you so much for sharing your recipe. I am an English preschool teacher in Greece. The kids absolutely love it!!! And so do I

  2. I just tried this recipie + added food colouring, 6 drops lavender and a small container of sparkles!! I had to add about 1/4 cup flower. Turned out perfect!  

  3. The only thing I don’t like is that the playdough is SUPER hot so you have to wait a good 10 minutes for it to cool down

  4. Best. Recipe. EV-ER! Thanks:)

  5. I have a 21-month-old daughter and I have been looking for some playdough recipes. Thanks a lot!

  6. How much does this recipe make? Thank you?

  7. What type of oil do you use

    I made this for my grandsons rainy day activity, but I think I may be making another batch to have all to myself.
    Used the gel coloring and the colors are so vibrant!

  9. Thanks for the recipe! I made it over spring break with the kiddos. The consistency is perfect and we had hours of fun with it!

  10. Does this need to be kept in the fridge?
    My grandson loves this playdough

  11. Do you think it would be ok to use self rising flourished of all purpose?

  12. Does the c next to word flour mean cup x thanks

  13. This is really neat, will be giving this a try.

  14. What a great idea. This looks easy and fun to do. I can make play dough for my grandkids and save a ton of money. Thanks!

  15. Thanks for this recipe for playdough. It will save me money. My granddaughters love to play with Play-Doh. :)

  16. First, you have a cool web site. I love play-doh! That recipe sounds so simple.Thanks!

  17. wow no more paying for playdough, this would be great for a few friends who are short on cash. i will let them know, thanks

  18. Love that there is no cooking involved. I like making play doh for my kids but with 3 kids age 3 and under it is too hard to have my undivided attention on the stove.

  19. Love this. When my granddaughters come to visit we are going to make their own. Thanks for sharing

  20. this is perfect- i have 4 kiddos that love playdough.

  21. Looks awesome! I need to try it!

  22. Ilove the idea of putting peppermint into the playdough. That is a great idea. I love the colorsthat you made. There really inviting.

  23. i love this idea and the great thing about this is you can mix the colors up too make more colors and it doesn’t take that long to make and so much fun for you and the little ones ;) great and thanks for sharing

  24. Thanks for posting. Love simple and easy ways to make playdough. Thanks for taking time and posting great info.

  25. This is a great idea to save money. My granddaughter got alot of play dough toys for Christmas, now we can make enough
    play dough to last her for a long time. Thank you for the post.

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