I have a super easy way to make homemade play dough without cooking it on the stove. I decided to make play dough that looked like sand, to go along with a beachy theme. My kids are somewhat obsessed with collecting sea shells and bringing them home, thus we have a huge collection.
Here’s one way to play with sea shells. This was a great boredom buster as well as fine motor skills for my preschooler. And my big kids started their morning with a calm, soothing sensory activity rather than, you know, the usual chaos of arguing over who gets the last bit of the favorite cereal.
Our beach dough looks like sand, but has the soft and smooth texture of homemade play dough.
Homemade No-Cook Play Dough Recipe for Beach Dough
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup salt
- 2 tbsps. oil (I used grape seed, because it’s what I had.)
- 2 tbsps. cream of tartar
- 1 1/2 cups boiling water
- yellow and brown paint (I used washable tempera paint.)
The whole wheat flour really gives the dough a sandy look, however it smells rather, well, wheaty, so to cover this, you can add 1 tbsp. of your favorite extract (peppermint, vanilla, lemon, orange, almond) or a few drops of essential oil (lavender is my favorite).
Here’s the fabulous no-cook part: I threw all the ingredients into my stand mixer, in no particular order, except for the paint. I started the mixer and then added a squirt of yellow paint, a bit of brown and kept doing this until it looked like the color of sand.
I added a bit more extract at the end to make it smell really good.