Would you like to make the best no cook playdough? One that will last for months and doesn’t require stovetop preparation?
After making what I consider the best play dough recipe for a few years now without too many changes, I wanted to see if we could get the same results without using the stove.
I love drinking tea, and invested in an amazing BPA-free electric kettle, which seemed to be just the tool to take this play dough recipe off the stove top.
So I did some experimenting, and low and behold — if you want to go rogue, the original recipe can be even easier and still deliver the amazing dough that we all love. Here you go…
- 1 1/4 cup salt
- 1 1/2 tablespoons cream of tartar
- 2.5 cups flour
- 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1.5+ cups boiling water
- Food coloring or liquid watercolors. I’m a fan Sax Concentrated Liquid Watercolors and Wilton Icing Colors, which make gorgeous shades of play dough to match any occasion, mood, or toddler request.
- Mix the first three ingredients together
- Boil water
- Mix the water and oil together in a small bowl
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until the dough comes together.
If the dough is too dry, add a little bit of water.
Too sticky? First try kneading it longer to bring it all together. We live in a dry climate and didn’t have this problem, but I’ve heard from some folks in humid places that this dough is on the wet side for them. If that’s the case, try adding more flour. Lastly, try placing the dough in a pot and cooking it down on the stove. I know that makes it a “cook” recipe, but it should also do the trick.