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How to Make No-Cook Play-Doh

By Erin Schreiner ; Updated April 18, 2017
Engage your kiddos in play-doh creation.

Many children delight in squishing their hands in mailable play-doh. This popular concoction can be purchased ready made, but if you wish to save a few bucks, or simply want to allow your children to experience the thrill of creation, you can easily craft play-doh using simple household ingredients. By selecting and following a no-cook play-doh recipe, you can safely allow your child to become involved in all aspects of the play-doh creation process without having to worry about your tot burning her delicate fingers while mixing up her new toy.

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Combine water, flour, salt and oil in a large bowl. Select a bowl with high sides and plenty of room in the center for mixing to decrease the likelihood that your mixture overflows the bowl.

Mix with a spoon. Stir patiently until all ingredients are incorporated and the mixture consistency resembles that of cookie dough.

Add food coloring to create the desired tint. Start with several drops of the food coloring of a hue of your choice, and then gradually add more to increase the intensity of the color.

Mix with the spoon again. Stir to evenly distribute the coloring through the mixture.

Kneed the mixture to finish the mixing. Using your hands, squeeze the dough and press it onto a hard surface like a counter top or table to finish the mixing process.

Store play-doh in an airtight container. Use a freezer bag, and press all of the air out of the container to ensure the maximum shelf-life of your hand-crafted play-doh.

Things You Will Need

  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • Food coloring
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Freezer bag
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About the Author

Erin Schreiner is a freelance writer and teacher who holds a bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University. She has been actively freelancing since 2008. Schreiner previously worked for a London-based freelance firm. Her work appears on eHow, Trails.com and RedEnvelope. She currently teaches writing to middle school students in Ohio and works on her writing craft regularly.

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