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Super Quick and Easy No Cook Playdough Recipe


This is possibly the quickest and easiest no cook playdough recipe I have ever made! It’s a real life saver and works perfectly with playdough mats!


homemade NO COOK Playdough recipe with Just 4 ingredients

No Cook PlayDough Recipe

This no cook playdough recipe is the easiest recipe ever and the best part is it is ready in just 4 minutes! With just 4 pantry ingredients you can have a tartar free play dough mix ready to go.

This firm mix is great for giving hands and fingers a good workout and perfect for building fine motor strength. To vary the intensity of the workout just add more water to make a softer and easier to roll dough, if required.

Make this no cook playdough recipe a little more exciting by adding aromatics with food flavouring or essential oils and a bit of glitz with sequins and sparkles. It is so simple to make you could even get your kids to make it themselves!


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How To Make No Cook PlayDough – Video



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Educational Benefits Of Playdough

All kids, no matter their age (adults included), enjoy rolling, squishing and stretching playdough. It is truly a therapeutic way to exercise and build fine motor strength as well as encourage learners to play, explore and construct their own learning and understandings about 100’s of concepts in literacy, numeracy, science…

With clear learning objectives and the right playdough mats and accessories, playdough centers can also become natural learning opportunities for developing and extending your students’ vocabulary, oral language and social interaction skills.

Talking about learning is one of the best ways to consolidate deep understandings about a topic. By providing a variety of different activities for your playdough centers you will be giving your kids plenty of time to discuss, explain, describe and share their discoveries.  The more activities or ideas you use in your playdough centers the better it is for your students.


If you can’t explain it simply. You don’t really understand it well enough.Albert Einstein


Using playdough in the classroom provides students with the opportunity for open-ended learning and the opportunity to demonstrate higher order thinking. You can get a great list HOTS  (Higher Order Thinking Skills, to help with your planning, on our Blooms post.

Using Playdough is a fun, engaging and creative way to help kids learn 100s of topics without them even realising they are learning!



Playdough Activities

Playdough Mats

Playdough mats are a perfect accompaniment to any playdough recipe, try our FREE number playdough mats to help your learners with number formation. they even have a ten frame to help match digits to counting quantity. Scroll to the end of this recipe to get your free copy.

homemade NO COOK Playdough recipe


No Cook Playdough Supplies

4 ingredient no cook playdough

Organise your ingredients:

  • All Purpose Flour
  • Salt
  • Food Colouring
  • Boiling water


  • Mixing Bowl
  • Measuring Cups
  • Mixing Spoon


Place the salt and flour in a mixing bowl. Mix the dry ingredients together until throughly mixed

mix together the dry ingredients


Add food colouring to water and mix

add water to dry ingredients


Mix throughly and when the mixture comes together knead by hand

mix playdough



 Click The Image To Print off the FREE Playdough Printables to accompany your playdough

FREE Playdough mats


Enjoy this super easy playdough recipe!


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 Check out these apple themed playdough activities on Yara’s Blog Sea of Knowledge!

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Print off your free playdough recipe below and add it to your teacher worksheets file for later!

95 FREE Number printables 0-20


Print Recipe
No Cook Playdough Recipe
Easiest, Quickest no cook playdough using just 4 ingredients. Cream of Tartare Free!
Playdough Activities
Cuisine Non Edible
Keyword classroom, easy, quick
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 0
Passive Time 0
Cuisine Non Edible
Keyword classroom, easy, quick
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 0
Passive Time 0
Playdough Activities
  1. Place salt and flour in a bowl and mix throughly
  2. Add food colouring to boiling water and mix together
  3. Pour liquid into dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Once mixture starts to come together knead by hand until fully mixed.
  4. Store in airtight container for up to 3 months

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