A quick, easy and non toxic recipe for play dough!


  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 3/4 cup salt
  • 3 drops your choice of food colouring
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 cup cold water


  1. In a bowl, combine the flour and salt.
    In another bowl, combine water, oil and food colouring.
  2. Pour all the liquids in with the flour and salt (including food colouring) and mix together (with a utensil…unless you want food dye all over your hands…)
  3. Kneed the dough with your hands until smooth. Ensure that when your child (or yourself) have finished playing that you keep it in an air tight bag somewhere cool. I use the pantry in a zip lock bag and it lasts 4-5 weeks.


This is my favourite recipe for play dough, not to mention it is ridiculously cheap to make and my two and a half year old daughter loves helping me with it. It's a great, quick recipe with hours of fun on the finished side of it! (Go do your washing - quick, they're occupied!)

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Alexandra // 24 // L&L ❤️

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  • I prefer non cook play dough


  • Haha so much washing got done! Have you ever added cream of tartar or is that more fore cooked recipes?


  • Wow, all these years I’ve been making my own play doh and I’ve never come across a no cook one. This will be my new go to, no cooking is a thumbs up


  • I love a good safe and easy play dough recipe. :)


  • That is a great lasting time for play dough

    • Great set of ingredients, great for little kids


  • Looks beautiful. Creative


  • Love it. Not too much and instead of oil I will use shampoo to give it a nice smell.


  • This sounds great, lots of fun to be had.


  • I remember having to cook home made play doh. I’m really liking a no cook version, much easier


  • I like that the play-doh is non toxic!


  • Thanks for sharing your recipe. Nice to make your own, economical too.


  • Yes, much better than store bought ones that add up to be quite expensive after a while.


  • Both my kids love play doh! I’m forever making up new batches. It’s such a fun creative play item, have to admit I quite enjoy it myself


  • love making this with the kids


  • Awesome! Will be making this. Gets very costly buying playdoh when it just ends up hard and thrown out not long after. Thanks for sharing!


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