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the best (no-cook) play dough recipe

  • 2 cups of plain flour
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 3 tablespoons of cream of tartar
  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • 2 cups of boiling water

Add all dry ingredients to a bowl, and then wet ingredients. Stir and then knead well. Add more flour if the mixture is too sticky or add more oil if too dry.

Store dough in the fridge in an air tight container or wrap tightly in a beeswax wrap for it to last approximately 2-3 months (depending on usage). 

Colours or scents are optional, but may include cacao, cinnamon, turmeric, nutmeg, paprika, beetroot, red cabbage, onion skins, blue berries, rosemary, flower petals, lavender, bio glitter, child-safe food colouring, essential oils etc. however, be mindful of little ones potentially taste testing!

If using a natural dye option, colour must be extracted by boiling in water first (eg. beetroot can be boiled in 2 and a half cups of water, and once the colour is extracted to your desired level, 2 cups of the coloured boiling water can be used in your dough batch).

The colours in these images were made with turmeric and beetroot, and the white contained eucalyptus essential oils.

Click here for useful sensory and loose parts play resources that can be added to your play dough experiences. 

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