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How to Make No-Cook Playdough Without Cream of Tartar

How to Make No-Cook Playdough Without Cream of Tartar

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Learn how to make no-cook playdough without cream of tartar. It is a fun and simple DIY sensory activity that your kids will enjoy.

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Working with play-dough is more than just another fun activity for young children.

While molding, rolling, and working the play-dough, your children exercises their fine motor skills and build the muscles in their fingers and hands.

These are the same muscles needed for proper penmanship.

Playdough is also an excellent medium for sensory play.

Additionally, you can allow your children to make their own playdough. It is a wonderful way for your children to practice practical life skills like measuring and pouring.

These reasons make homemade playdough the perfect boredom-buster activity for growing children.

What You Need to Make No-Cook Playdough

This simple no-cook play dough is made with just a few basic ingredients that you likely already have on hand.

Best of all, you can make this playdough without cooking it and without using any weird ingredients cream of tartar.

The ingredients for this easy homemade playdough are warm water, salt, oil, and the food coloring of your choice.

Continue reading to the end of this post for your printable list of ingredients, measurements, and instructions.

How to Store Homemade Play Dough

I preserve and store our homemade playdough using cling wrap and a large zip-lock bag.

For best results, you should store the playdough in your refrigerator. Out of personal preference, I toss out our playdough after about three uses.

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Homemade Play Dough

How to Make No Cook Play Dough Without Cream of Tartar

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Learn how to make no-cook playdough without cream of tartar. A fun and simple DIY sensory activity for kids to enjoy.


  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups salt
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 1 1/2 cup warm water
  • food coloring of your choice (optional)


  1. In a large bowl, mix salt and flour.
  2. In a smaller container, add 1/4 cup of warm water. 1/2 tablespoon of oil, and 2-3 drops of food coloring. Mix.
  3. Add 1 cup of the flour and salt mixture.
  4. Mix until combined and dough starts to form.
  5. Transfer dough to a floured surface. Knead. Add flour or water as needed.


The measurements and instructions allow for you to make a large batch of flour and salt mixture then add the needed amount of mixture to make single sized (1 cup) play dough.

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