The Best 'No Cook' Play Dough Recipe

Monday February 3rd 2014

My kids go crazy for play dough. Apart from being fun to play with, play dough is also good for developing fine motor skills, imaginative play and can be used as a great learning tool for counting and spelling (I know some people add a drop or two of lavender oil to their home made play dough for a calming effect too!).

I have tried and tested plenty of play dough recipes. Up until now all of the best ones were recipes involved cooking. All of the ‘no cook’ play dough recipes had failed me – until this one!

I added in the lemon juice as it makes the play dough nice and malleable without the need to add cream of tartar (which I never have in the cupboard when we want to make play dough!).

As stated below, the coconut oil is purely for the yummy scent – you could use any other oil you like. Next time we make this I might try Epsom Salt into of normal salt. Anyway, on to the recipe!


1 Cup of Plain Flour

¼ Cup of Salt

3 teaspoons of lemon juice

4 teaspoons of coconut oil (you could use any oil you like however I love the coconut-y scent you get from the coconut oil!)

½ cup of boiling water

Food Colouring


Mix the salt and flour together in a bowl. Add 3-6 drops of food colouring to the boiling water and whisk into the flour + salt mixture. Stir in the lemon juice and coconut oil. Knead on a flat surface (make sure it isn’t too hot first) until you have a ball of coconut-y play dough!

Play Ideas

Just for fun, here are some of the things we do with our playdough:

-          Make animals (sometimes we add pipe-cleaners for tails or legs and googly eyes)

-          Stamp or make letters to spell out names or words

-          Use leafs, shell pasta, forks and various objects to create textures

-          Create play dough pizza, cupcakes and fruit salads

-          Build play dough tracks for toy cars and tractors

-          Stamp out animals and shapes using cookie cutters 

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