Uncooked Play Dough Recipe

We love to play with play dough at Casa Pura Vida- and we seem to go through it quite quickly. Between the dough drying out or colors getting mixed and mixed until it’s brown or grey, I feel like we always need new dough. There are so many amazing learning activities for kids (affiliate) of all ages that involve play dough, and it’s pretty low mess and high fun. I wanted my girls to be involved in the making of the play dough, and so I worked out this recipe for no cook, no stove, no heat play dough. I also love this recipe because it yields one single ball of dough, so it’s easier to get the dark vibrant colors. I hope your family enjoys it as much as we do!


Yield: 1 medium-sized ball of play doh


How To:

Here’s a quick video that will show you how to make the dough!


  • Store the play doh in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.
  • I have tried to use whole wheat flour for this recipe, but it doesn’t work very well.
  • If after mixing the dough, it seems a bit dry, you can work in a little more oil
  • I bought kosher salt in bulk (affiliate) because it was a lot cheaper, and it works really well for this recipe
  • If you use gel food coloring you may have to use a bit extra, and knead the dough a bit more

Looking for more fun activities with kids from Pura Vida Moms?

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  • Reply
    April 4, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    This is a great recipe for homemade play dough. It’s fun for the kids to make their own playdough.

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    Ruth Soto
    April 5, 2017 at 2:08 am

    Qué buena idea, además puedes hacerlo con los peques y así se entretienen y aprenden a manejar sus manos. Gracias.

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    Theresa Pickett
    April 5, 2017 at 4:19 am

    This is so neat! We’ve never made it before, but it looks very simple.

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    April 5, 2017 at 5:40 am

    Que interesante me gustaría probarlo con mi peque

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    April 5, 2017 at 6:57 am

    Una fantástica receta. Tienen una pinta deliciosa, además de divertida.

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      April 5, 2017 at 9:02 am

      ¡Gracias! Aquí voy terminando el artículo en español también. XO Christa

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    April 5, 2017 at 8:43 am

    I used to love making homemade play doh growing up!

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      April 5, 2017 at 8:59 am

      It’s the best, right?? Thanks for stopping by Joanna! ~Christa

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    The Trophy WifeStyle
    April 5, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Oooo making play doh is so fun!!! My daughter and I made a ton of it over the winter!

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    Diana Arroyave.B.
    April 5, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    Por favor, dime los ingredientes en español, mi hija lo quiere hacer, se ve genial..Gracias y Saludos!

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      April 5, 2017 at 9:21 pm

      Diana, tengo el video y el post listos para subir en español. ¡Te lo mando apenas está en vivo! Un beso. Christa

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    Paula Trías
    April 5, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    Qué buena idea para probarlo con los niños. Está genial, gracias por compartirla!

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    Luisanna from My Outfit RD
    April 6, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Me encantó la idea para jugar con mis sobrinos. Y lo mejor de todo es que pueden incorporarse mientras se hacen.


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    April 7, 2017 at 5:14 am

    Me encanta la idea es original y lo mejor lo puedes hacer con los críos!! es una pasada a mis sobrinas les encantara.


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    April 7, 2017 at 5:44 am

    Eso se ve muy divertido y excelente actividad para hacer con los niños.
    Gracias por compartir.
    Saludos desde http://www.barrasycorbatas.com

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    Luisana Figueroa
    April 7, 2017 at 8:04 am

    La vamos a intentar se ve muy fácil tengo que comprar los colorantes!

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    April 7, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Que guay y divertida esta receta 😀 Me la apunto a ver que tal me sale

    Un beso mi ChicAdicta y feliz finde 😉

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    April 7, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    Que divertido… Se ve muy bien y muy divertido para hacer con los niños

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    April 7, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    Que divertido! Demasiado coló y didáctico.

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    April 7, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    Qué idea más genial!!!! Me la apunto para hacerlo con mis nenes de clase, seguro que les encanta?