How to Make No Cook Playdough #netflixkids

DIY No Cook  playdough

This post is part of my involvement as a Netflix #StreamTeam Member. All opinions are my own. 

Science was always a dreaded word when I was a kid. Everything about the subject was boring.  When I had kids I decided to change all that by taking advantage of all the great science shows available. These shows were a springboard for other activities. We found books on subjects that interested them and did simple science experiments. The more we did together, the more topics they found that interested them.  One of our favorite creative activities was making different objects from play dough.  We  even made an entire structure of an atom and a DNA sequence.   The only problem I had with play dough was how quickly it dried out.  The kids would forget to put it back into the containers and seal the lids.  We had little pieces of dried play dough everywhere.  Our world changed when I found a recipe for no cook play dough. It called for only a few ingredients,  took around ten minutes to make and could be stored in a plastic container when not in use.  After I learned how to make no cook play dough, we had an endless supply!

How to Make No Cook Play Dough #netflixkids
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Easy, no cook recipe for home made play dough
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon EACH cream of tartar and vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup (2 ounces) salt
  • ¾ cup boiling water
  • 4 colors of food coloring, optional
  1. Mix the flour, cream of tartar, salt and vegetable oil together in a large bowl. Add boiling water and stir until mixture is well mixed. Note: It will be sticky like bread dough. If you want to have colored play dough, divide the dough into four equal parts. Add two to three drops food coloring to each part.
  2. Place each piece of dough, one at a time, on a sheet of waxed paper. Knead the dough until it is no longer sticky and feels like play dough. This usually takes 1 to 2 minutes per batch. Store in a sealed plastic bag or bowl. Can be stored in the fridge.

Want recommendations for science shows for your little ones? Netflix has some fun choices, including one that was always a favorite in our household, The Magic School Bus. Love that Ms. Frizzle!

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What is your favorite science activity to do with the kids?


  1. says

    I use to hate it when Play-Doh would dry up and also create little pieces everywhere! Thank you for this recipe, I’m going to have to try this.

  2. martha says

    i love making playdoh!! your colors are so much prettier than when i do it tho.

    my kids adore neck flicks as they call it :)

  3. says

    This is a great play-doh recipe that I’ve used before! Thanks for sharing it here. My son likes the Magic School Bus shows as well – so glad to have Netflix!

  4. says

    Oh I remember when we used to do this. It is so much cheaper to make your own. Oh and Magic School Bus stories are so great and educational!

  5. says

    I used to make this with my Daughter almost 40 years ago. I don’t remember if the recipe was the same or not, but It sure is a lot cheaper to make it than buy it.

  6. says

    I have a recipe that is almost identical for homemade playdough. I made it for my son once, but it left a weird film on our hands and was kind of annoying and I couldn’t figure out how to make the homemade playdough without it doing that. so we just buy playdough and save on the mess.

  7. says

    I have always wanted to make my own play dough, but never have. I am just loving how easy this sounds.. and the colors are perfect for spring! I know just the kiddos who will enjoy this!

  8. Matthew's Mom says

    I really like this idea, especially since you can customize the colors. This will be fun for a play date for my son and his friends.

  9. says

    How fun! My daughter would love this and we could make it together. My daughter is also a huge fan of the Wild Krats. Thanks for sharing the selection!

  10. says

    Usually when it comes to science experiments, I leave it to hubby. We’ve purchased a few kits for the girls and have enjoyed adding different chemicals to see the reactions. I think my favorite has been non-Newtonian fluid. The girls loved that one.

  11. says

    How fun.. we always make teh same recipe and the kids LOVE it!!!! Sooo simple and all the ingredients are always on hand… Great movie selections for the month, love it, my kids are big into Science. Thanks for sharing and can;t wait to see what you have planed for next month

  12. jobeth says

    My kids love making Play Dough and this is a new rcipe. I will have to try it and see how it compares to what we made before

  13. says

    This looks like a very easy way to make play dough! My kids are a bit too old for it, but I do have nieces and nephews who would enjoy it if their moms made them some. I will be sure to share the recipe!

  14. Pam says

    Playdough is so much fun and even more fun if your little one can help or watch you make it at home. I will have to try this sometime when I have my nephews over.

  15. says

    We make our own Play Doh all the time, funny how many different recipes there are out there for it. I do not use vegetable oil in mine. I will give yours a try and see if it lasts longer before drying out.

  16. says

    My older kids loved the Magic School bus. A family fave is Wild Kratt’s. We have watched the Kratts for years. Their animal adventures are so much fun. Plus they are Canadian like me (kim)

  17. says

    I used to do this when my kids were little. Now they babysit so I’m going to suggest they make this for the kids they watch. :)

  18. says

    I love this! I am pinning it to use in my Thirty Days of Kids Unplugged! –and in our dramatically reduced screen time (we aren’t cutting it completely out–all good things in moderation), The Magic School Bus is often the show my little ones get for the day!

  19. says

    My husband and I bought my niece a neat chemistry “set” for Christmas last year. It has these test tubes with little experiments. She loved it, and thought it was so cool that she was doing experiments. I think that encouraging math and science is really important for girls & boys!

  20. says

    My 6 year old loves anything to do with nature, finding tracks of animals or birds and guess who made the tracks, she loves planting flowers and digging in the dirt all in a dress and looking cute. You listed all of her favorite shows she watches on Netflix.


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