No-Cook Play Dough

We made this no-cook play dough and had to share it with you.  After over a decade of homeschooling you can bet we’ve made our fair share of salt dough recipes, but we really loved this version.  It was really nice to not have to cook it, especially since that made it easier for the kids to help.  It turned out to be a very smooth dough, was very workable, and nicely soft.  Best of all, it isn’t sticky.  We made it just for fun this time, but you can use it for models, crafts, and art class as well.

How to make no-cook play dough.

Since it’s no cook the kids could help me and I gave them each their own bowl to make a personal size amount of play dough.

How to make no-cook play dough with your kids.

No-Cook Play Dough Recipe

1/4 cup warm tap water
1/8 cup salt
2 tablespoons cooking oil
food coloring
1 cup flour


  1. In a small bowl mix the water and the salt, then add the oil and the food coloring, stir.
  2. Now add any scents you like (cinnamon, vanilla, and maple will color your dough or you can add Kool-aid, essential oils, or mint extract. If you choose Kool-aid, you don’t need the food coloring.)
  3. Add glitter for sparkly dough.
  4. Stir in one cup of flour.  Add a little more flour if the dough is not quite firm enough or if it’s too sticky.

Once it’s made you can play with it to your heart’s content!  Sculpt something cool, create a diorama, or make a salt dough map.  Build a volcano or make a little historical bust.  Whatever you craft, we hope you enjoy this play dough recipe as much as we did.

More Activities

Make a play dough exploration station.
Exploration stations!

Use your play dough to make a baking soda and vinegar volcano.
Use your play dough to make a baking soda and vinegar volcano.

Use your play dough to make this Muslim mosaic craft.
Use your play dough to make this mosaic craft.

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