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No-Cook Playdough Recipe

My girls and I are fans of anything crafty. I love sitting down working with them on a project. It is just so much fun to see what they will create or how they will interpret what I demonstrated. Sometimes though when they really want to create, I still have house work to do or other work that needs to be done.  This is where playdough comes in, because a little girl can see crayons for only so many days in a row before revolting. (Disclaimer: While yes, I pull out the playdough when I have other work to do, I still must be nearby to supervise. Playdough must not leave the kitchen!)

We have done store-bought playdough in the past. In terms of consistency, it is great I know what I am getting, but it can get expensive to have to continually replace. I also prefer homemade because then I know first hand what is going into the product, and then the girls can also get involved in creating it.

I have tried my hand at both cooked playdough recipes, which for us were a flop, and no-cook recipes. A simple Google search led me to The Best Ever No-Cook Play Dough Recipe. Anna, the author of the blog, offers up this simple recipe. It creates a soft dough that the kids have used for the last two days and there have been no signs of drying out. It produces a great end result that I will turn to again and again.

As great as the result was though I noticed it was stickier and tackier than playdough should be, when I followed the recipe exactly. So what follows below is a slight adaption of the original recipe. (It is worth noting that she does say that you might need to add a touch more flour, but since what I had to add, 1 cup, was more than a touch I will explain how I did this.)

No-Cook Playdough Recipe

No-Cook Playdough Recipe

(Adapted from The Imagination Tree)


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (reserve one of the three cups)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • Up to 1.5 cups boiling water (add in increments)
  • food coloring (optional)



  1. Mix the flour, oil, and cream of tartar in the bowl of a stand mixer.
  2. On a low-speed add the oil.
  3. Add the boiling water in  1/4  cup increments mixing until the dough is smooth.
  4. If you still have tacky sticky dough and the mixing is not helping go to your flour reserve, and add a 1/8 cup at a time till dough is smooth to touch.
  5. Divide playdough into the different number of colors that you wish to create. Work food coloring into dough by hand, kneading the dough as you go. (This can get a bit messy so gloves are an option here.)

Store your playdough in an airtight container, and it should last for months.


Finger Painting

The girls in their finger painting 'smocks'

We used old white T-shirts as painting smocks.

This week my girls had fun finger painting. They always enjoy when we bring out the finger paints. While I always love letting them have fun, I must admit I don’t love the finger paints as much as they do. It might have something to do with the level of clean up involved, usually in this particular craft. I solved most of my clean up issues by moving this project outside.

I had done this particular method of finger painting once before, and I had actually been wanting to do it with the girls again. (I just love the results from this so much.) The idea for this craft came from a pin I had seen floating around Pinterest.

You will need:

Finger Paints

Something to put the finger paints in (use an old egg carton)

Painter’s tape



You will need to decide on a design for the white space on your canvas and then lay your painter's tape out in that pattern.

You will need to decide on a design for the white space on your canvas and then lay your painter’s tape out in that pattern.


The girls started a little hesitantly at first.

The steps:

1. gather supplies

2. decide on pattern

3. lay painter’s tape in said pattern

4. paint

5. let dry

6. peel tape off


The finished product.

The finished product.