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Easy Homemade Playdough (No Cook)

Celebrate sensory play with a recipe for Easy Homemade Playdough that requires just a few simple ingredients and no cooking.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Servings 3 cups


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup salt
  • 2 Tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 cups boiling water
  • Food coloring (optional)


  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and cream of tartar.
  • Add the vegetable oil and boiling water, and using a spatula, mix until combined. Once it’s cool enough to handle, use your hands to knead the playdough in the bowl until it becomes smooth, about 2 minutes. (It may appear wet at first but will dry as you knead and the water gets fully absorbed.)
  • Turn the playdough onto your work surface and knead it until it is smooth, about 2 minutes.
  • Use the homemade playdough as is, or if desired, color with food coloring of your choice. (If using food coloring, it’s best to mix the playdough in a bowl while wearing disposable gloves to avoid coloring your hands.)

Kelly's Note:

  • Homemade playdough will last for up to 2 months if stored in an airtight container at room temperature.