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No-Cook Playdough Recipe

Easy-Peasy Make Your Own Playdough


We’ve got a playdough recipe you can make at home and inspiration for lots of fun ideas to try…

Here’s a simple recipe from the lovely people at The Imagination Tree. There’s zero cooking and minimal prep – in fact, you can make it in 5 minutes flat!

What you’ll need…

  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 1 to 1.5 cups boiling water
  • gel food colouring
Colourful Caterpillar
Spotted Dinosaur
Mushroom Stool

How to make no-cook playdough…

  • Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl
  • Add food colouring to the boiling water
  • Add the boiling water to the dry ingredients, little by little
  • Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky dough
  • Allow to cool, then take out of the bowl to knead vigorously for a couple of minutes until all the stickiness has gone
  • If it’s still a little sticky just add a bit more flour

Why not try… The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

A PolkaDots favourite, the Very Hungry Caterpillar has lots of playdough possibilities! The Imagination Tree website gave us ideas for playdough storytelling.

You can try making 1 apple, 2 pears, 3 plums… How many of the caterpillar’s vegetables can you make from playdough at home?

And once you’ve made all those tasty vegetables, you’ll have to make a very Very Hungry caterpillar to eat them all!

playdough vegetables

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