No-cook playdough recipe (so easy your toddler can make it!)

Posted in Play and Activities.

Every toddler loves squishing playdough, but have you ever tried making it with them? I did this today and I think it was the most fun my two-year-old has had since discovering the tissue box.

This recipe is so simple I wonder why I ever paid for the ready-made stuff? The mixture doesn’t need cooking or boiling water added, which is great as hot playdough can scald little hands (in case he gets his eager mitts on it before it’s cooled). This is a totally safe one for your toddler to make and as I’ve discovered, the only thing better than playdough to a toddler is making it.

Take this activity outside as toddler-made playdough has to be the definition of messy fun!

Play dough ingredients


  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • liquid food colouring


  • Step 1: In a large bowl, add the flour and salt. Stir.

  • Step 2: Add the water, oil, drops of food colouring (add as many drops as you like to get the desired hue).

Play dough recipe step 2

  • Step 3: Knead the mixture until it has a playdough consistency (you may need to help with this bit to ensure it’s well-kneaded). 

Play dough step 3

  • Tip! If consistency is too wet, add a little more plain flour.

Have fun making different coloured batches!

And if you want to take the playdough-making fun one step further, give this fun glitter playdough a go. 


Parent School footer dinkusNeed some toilet training advice? Our Parent School toilet training experts can help. Click to find out more or book a one-on-one session.


Get more babyology straight to your inbox