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Super Easy & Quick No Cook Playdough Recipe

Young children love playdough. They tend to gravitate towards it when it’s offered and can spend hours using the same ball of playdough to create and recreate a number of different projects, from animals to squishing it through their fingers to making muffins. It’s also highly beneficial for their imagination and fine motor skills.

This is a great recipe for making quick and easy playdough at home. It doesn’t need any special equipment, as all the ingredients are ones you would find in your pantry you are able to use your baking dishes. Kids also love to help make the playdough before they get a chance to play with it, which helps with their baking, science and maths skills. However as it requires the use of boiling water, adults may need to take over at this point.

You might also get a cup of tea to drink hot while your kids play with it!

Scroll down for the printable recipe


Mix flour, salt, oil and cream of tartar in a bowl


Add food colouring to boiling water and add to flour mixture


Stir until a ball forms


Tip onto a flour dusted surface and knead together. If it’s too sticky then add more flour and if it’s too dry add more water


Super Quick and Easy Playdough Recipe

In less time than it takes you to make a cup of tea

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 4 minutes
Servings 1 ball


  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1/2 cup Salt
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 2 tbsp Cream of Tartar (optional)
  • 1/2 cup Boiling Water
  • Food Colouring


  1. Boil the jug, make a cup of tea and leave to brew
  2. Mix flour, salt, oil and cream of tartar in a bowl
  3. Add food colouring to boiling water. The amount you add will affect the colour of the playdough so the more colouring you add, the brighter the playdough will be

  4. Add water to flour mixture and stir together until it forms a ball. You might want to add less water initially and gradually add more as needed
  5. Kneed playdough. If it's too sticky then add more flour and if it's too dry add more water
  6. Your cup of tea is now ready. Give the playdough to the kids and sit and enjoy your hot drink

Recipe Notes

Recipe is easily divided or multiplied depending on how much playdough you want


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