How to Make No-Cook Play Dough Easily

    by Hillary Marshall

    About the Author

    Hillary Marshall has been writing professionally since 2006. Before writing instructional articles online, she worked as a copywriter and has been published in "Ideal Living" "Sass" "Science Edge" and "Shopping Cents" magazines along with countless websites including Gadling a blog by the Huffington post. Marshall studied early childhood education at the Stratford Career Institute.


    Homemade play dough is nontoxic, and you can have your kids help you make it. When making homemade play dough with kids, using a no-cook recipe is safer because it avoids the need for your kids to be near the stove. In fact, your kids can make no-cook play dough with little assistance from you. Best of all, your kids can make homemade play dough any color they like because it is colored with food coloring.

    Things You'll Need

    • 1 cup water
    • 1/4 cup oil
    • Mixing bowl
    • 3 cup flour
    • 1 cup salt
    • Rubber spatula
    • Food coloring

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    Combine 1 cup of water and 1/4 cup of oil in a mixing bowl.

    Add 3 cups of flour and 1 cup of salt. Use a rubber spatula to mix the ingredients together. Pick up a little dough with your fingers. If the dough sticks to your fingers, add flour 1 tsp. at a time until the dough no longer sticks to your fingers.

    Color your play dough by adding a few drops of food coloring. If you are mixing two colors together to make another color, do so before you add it to your dough. Knead the dough with your hands until the color is completely blended in.

    • Store play dough in a zip seal storage bag or plastic container with a lid in between uses. Add glitter to your play dough to make it fancier.


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