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Super Quick and Easy No Cook Playdough Recipe

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 lifesaver and it’s just super with our FREE playdough mats! Perfect Playdough every time at home or in the classroom!


No cook playdough recipe

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. Throw in a set of bright & bold Playdough Mats and you’re onto a winner!

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 the playdough recipe (no cook) 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 no cook playdough themselves!


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Benefits Of Playdough

All kids, no matter their age (adults included), enjoy rolling, squashing, stretching and squishing playdough. It is truly a therapeutic way to exercise and build fine motor strength.

Playdough also has added educational benefits as well as being perfect for building fine motor strength. It’s a marvellous way to entice and 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.

Playdough Activities

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. The best thing is it doesn’t have to be expensive, and you don’t have to use named brands, like Play Doh, to achieve great results!

Try our homemade play dough recipe below  and our FREE Playdough number mats at the end of the post for great hands-on learning!


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 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

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No Cook Playdough Supplies

4 ingredient no cook playdough

Organise your ingredients:

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • Food Colouring
  • 1 cup boiling water


  • Mixing Bowl
  • Measuring Cups
  • Mixing Spoon

How To Make Homemade Playdough Instructions

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

mix together the dry ingredients


Add food colouring to water and mix again until all the lumps are gone.

add water to dry ingredients


Mix thoroughly and when the mixture comes together knead by hand. That’s it you now have your own batch of homemade playdough ready to use at home or in the classroom!

mix playdough

That’s possibly the simplest no cook playdough ever, don’t you agree!



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