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Fun Family Activity - Easy No Cook Playdough Recipe

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Looking for ideas to entertain your little co-worker(s)? 

In my home our day consists of puzzles, books, and bedtime dance parties (to get that last minute energy out). Now that I have more time then I could ever ask for to be with my family, I like to take 1 day to do something extra special with my family to build lasting memories during this unconventional time in lockdown. 

Meet our Expert: Erika Yung of Rhythm & Reverie; a San Francisco based blogger with endless craft and homeschooling activities for the young and old. 

Erika, an amazing mother of 3, has shared an easy No Cook Playdough Recipe for your family to try while in quarantine. See her recipe below! 


Playdough is a wonderful sensory activity that allows children to use their creativity and imagination, develop their fine motor skills, and, by observing or helping with the play dough recipe, even learn science and math skills. Plus, they can happily play with the dough for hours on end!

This is our go-to, quick, and easy playdough recipe. With no stovetop cooking involved, little ones can safely stir and knead their own batch. We use either natural dyes or gel food coloring. For this recipe, we used the latter, which doesn’t alter the amount of water used for the recipe. For a multi-sensory experience, we included several drops of essential oils, and played a little game of “guess that scent!” Placed in an air-tight container such as a glass jar, the playdough can last up to 2-3 months.

So take your cookie cutters and rolling pins out, lay out flowers, twigs, or any natural elements, and allow your children to creatively play to their hearts’ content.

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Ingredients for each separate color:

  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup of salt

  • 1.5 tbs of cream of tartar

  • 1 tbs of oil

  • 1 tsp of glycerin (for shine)

  • 1 cup of boiling water

  • bowl and spoon

  • food coloring

  • essential oils (optional)


  1. Mix dry ingredients together.

  2. Add wet ingredients and mix together with a spoon.

  3. Turn the dough out onto the counter and knead until smooth.

  4. Store in an air-tight container to keep fresh up to 2-3 months.


To learn more from from Erika click HERE to visit her blog. 

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