Our Favourite No-Cook Play Dough Recipe

Play dough is one of our favourite indoor activity which allows C to learn through play. After trying a couple of recipes, we proudly announce that we found our favourite modified from from mamapapabubba’s! What I really enjoy about this recipe is that it is taste safe (meaning I wouldn’t be worried of C had accidentally eaten some of it), no cook and both C and I can make it together (since she was 19mo).

To make a No Cook (Scented) Play Dough, you will need:

(Dry ingredients)

  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of cream of tartar

(Wet ingredients)

  • 1 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup of boiling water
  • Food colouring (we use Wilton’s)
  • Few drops of flavouring/essential oil
  1. Place all of the dry ingredients and mix well.
  2. Add the oil and flavouring into the boiling water. Add the mixture to the dry ingredients.
  3. Mix the mixture with a wooden spoon.
  4. The dough may seem too sticky. Refrain from adding more flour and leave it to cool.
  5. Knead the dough really well after till it is fully cooled, smooth and soft.
  6. To colour the dough, pick up the colouring with a toothpick, apply on the dough and knead it in. Start with a small amount because you can add more to intensify but you can’t take  colour away from the dough.
  7. To scent the dough, knead in the flavouring/essential oil together with the colour


This was us when C was abit 19mo, her first time making a dough, for her friend. I laid out the utensils and ingredients on the table as an invitation to play. Then I got C to assist me in the process. Her words of the day were ‘pour’, ‘stir’ and ‘knead’ as she kept repeating them after I gave her some instructions.

I really need to get a set of measuring cups so that C can measure out the ingredients by herself. I’m currently using a measuring jug which is too huge for C to manage, so she is helping me to pour the flour out from the jug. *i have already gotten one set since then!

She loves this step of adding salt to the flour. I don’t think her measurements are exact. In fact I have some with more salt than others. So I roughly estimate how much more is needed from whatever she managed to scoop out.

It is important to give the dry ingredients a good mix. C enjoyed this very much.

Be extremely careful after you pot in the hot boiling water.  

Not sure why but she decided to stir the dough with a spoon.

I also allowed her to touch the hot dough so she knows what is hot.

Kneading the dough to give it a good mix!


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