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No Cook Play Dough Recipe


Two girls (1-3) playing with children's play clay, close-up
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One of the easiest homemade craft recipes around, this recipe for no cook play dough is something you and preschooler can make together. Make up a bunch and then divide it up and add different colors to each batch. If you want to save your little one's creation, this play dough will dry out, depending on the thickness of the dough, between one and four days. Or, to speed up the process, place the dough on a cookie sheet on a low oven (about 200 degrees) for about two hours.


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • food coloring (optional)


Carefully (the water is hot) knead together all the ingredients on a floured board for about five minutes, save for the food coloring. Once you have made a good mixture, add food coloring as desired. You can store the no cook play dough for up to a week in a sealed, airtight container.

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