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Quick and easy homemade Valentines playdough with our favorite no-cook playdough recipe! Kids love hands-on play, and best of all, it is great sensory play for toddlers to preschoolers and beyond. Find several playdough recipe variations to create the perfect dough for you.


Fun with Homemade Valentine Playdough

We love to play and learn with homemade playdough activities all year round! Go ahead and make up a playdough invitation with cookie cutters, gems, LEGO bricks for stamping, and anything else you can find.

ALSO CHECK OUT: Homemade Playdough Recipes

No Cook Valentines Playdough Recipe



  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 1 cup of hot water (possibly a 1/2 cup more)
  • 2 tablespoons of  cooking oil
  • 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar 
  • food coloring

How To Make No Cook Valentine Playdough

Remember, this playdough is NOT edible, but it is non-toxic!

STEP 1. Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl, and form a well in the center.


STEP 2. Add the cooking oil and food coloring to the dry ingredients.


STEP 3. Add water and stir to form the playdough! Go ahead and knead your playdough until you reach your desired consistency!

TIP: If the playdough looks a little runny, you might be tempted to add more flour. Before you do this, allow the mixture to rest for a few minutes! That will give the salt a chance to absorb the extra moisture. Feel your playdough before you add any additional flour! You likely won’t need any, but if your dough is sticky, add an additional 1/4 cup of flour at a time.


MORE PLAYDOUGH COLORS: You can also make a giant batch of plain no-bake play dough and then color each one separately for a Valentine’s theme!

Form a lump of playdough into a ball and then make a well in the center of each ball. Squirt in a few drops of food coloring. Close up the well and get to work squishing. This may get a bit messy but can make for a fun color surprise.

More Valentine Playdough Recipes

Valentine’s Day Preschool Activities

For our complete collection of Preschool Valentine Activities, click here.


  1. Thank you for hosting this wonderful resource. I love your playdough ideas and the set up of your activities. Awesome job. Keep it up

  2. Hi,
    Have you ever made Dinosaur Eggs with a suprise inside?
    I really can not remember the true recipe.
    (Used coffee grounds, flour, water, & ?) either baking soda or baking powder.
    I found it on Kids
    Mix the coffee grounds, water, flour together. Feels like bisquick dough. Roll into an egg shape.
    Poke your thumbs into the center and fill with a dinosaur, necklace, coins, rings, etc.
    Bake on a baking sheet at 200 for an hour. Take out and cool.
    When it is done, it looks grey color dinosaur egg. I buried mine in our sandbox. Just remember how many and where the location is.
    Really fun to do.

  3. I love that he wanted to make the cookies for Santa! Adding glitter to playdough is a cool idea…maybe the play dough would make the glitter easier to contain!

  4. I love all the ideas! Pinned it! Thanks for sharing at Mom’s Library!

  5. That is very festive. I want our little ones to step into your picture and join in the Valentine’s Day fun! Pinned it.

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