We go through a lot of play doughat my house and constantly making it can get expensive, especially if it includes a fun scent or cream of tartar. I had to find another way! I came up with this absolutely perfect no-cook play dough recipe without cream of tartar, and it really is…well… absolutely perfect.
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As I stated, we go through a lot of play dough at our house. Between my preschool students and my own children, it feels like we are making new play dough on a weekly basis just to replace what we have used up. In general home made play dough is pretty cheap to make, but I like to take it one step further and make it in the cheapest way possible.
Aside from this play dough recipe being so extremely affordable, the play dough itself really is just perfect. It is malleable, but not sticky,holds it’s shape beautifully, but without being crumbly. Other perks include the fact that this is a no cook play dough recipe, which makes it super fast and easy to make. This is easily our favorite recipe.
Disclaimer: I have had my fair share of play dough fails. Remember this Facebook post of my failed red play dough that brought my sweet daughter to tears? Well, tears no more, because this recipe is fool proof since I’m also sharing some tips and tricks to making play dough perfect the first time!
Ingredients for Scented No-Cook Playdough
- cooking oil
- lemon juice (fresh or bottled)
- Kool Aid(optional for scent and coloring)
- Food Coloring (optional)
Cooking Supplies Needed
- large mixing bowl
- glass, heat proof, microwavable 2-cup measuring cup
- measuring cups and spoons
- aluminum foil, parchment paper or wax paper
- wooden paddle for stirring
Scented No-Cook Play Dough Recipe Without Cream of Tartar
***I created this recipe to make small batches so it would be easy and quick to make several colors. Each batch makes just a bit over one cup of play dough. If you want to do rainbow colors like the above photo, begin with white and work your way all the way through the rainbow. This way you won’t have to wash or rinse in between batches.***
1 cup flour
1/4 cup salt
3/4 cup of water minus 3 tablespoons
3 tablespoons of lemon juice
1 tablespoon cooking oil
2 packets kool aid (optional for fragrance and coloring)
- Measure the water and lemon juice into a heat proof, microwavable 2-cup measuring cup. Heat in the microwave until just boiling, about three minutes.
- Meanwhile, mix together the flour and salt.
- If using Kool Aid for the fragrance, slowly (and I mean s-l-o-w-l-y, because the mixture will foam a bit) pour the kool aid packets into the HOT water and lemon juice mixture and add additional food coloring to intensify the color if desired.
- Slowly pour the liquid into the flour and salt mixture and stir with a wooden paddle until it just barely begins to form dough.
- Drizzle the tablespoon of cooking oil over the dough and stir again until if forms a ball. At this point, you may want to knead the dough with your hands. It may feel a bit sticky, too, but DO NOT add more flour. As the dough cools it will thicken and become less sticky.
- allow to cool a bit on a sheet of aluminum foil, parchment or wax paper. By the time you finish the next batch of play dough, the first will be cool enough to store. I love to store play dough in these freezer jam containers because the screw on lids are more air tight than snap on lids.
Now Play with that Scented Play Dough!
Corinne takes a giant whiff of raspberry lemonade scented play dough. And then rolls some of each color into a ball to make “boulders” for her monster truck to drive over.