No Cook Lotion Dough

No Cook Lotion Dough - This dough only uses 4 ingredients and is simple to make. No cooking over a stove or messing up pots. The lotion makes it super soft!

We have made our fair share of play dough and today we added a new one to the list - No Cook Lotion Dough. This is a simple sensory recipe that uses just four ingredients. If you have been playing along with us for the past few weeks, then you know we have been having all sorts of fun with crushed cereal. We have created works of Scented Art, made a Crushed Cereal Rainbow Bottle and Crushed Cereal Sand Dough. Well we used crushed cereal again here, this time turning our sand dough into Lotion Dough. Not only the the cereal give the dough its pretty pastel colors, but the lotion makes it super soft and yummy scented.

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You will need:
  • Baby lotion 
  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • Crushed cereal or food coloring

Ingredients for sensory recipe

If you have made our sand dough sensory recipe then you simply need to add some baby lotion to it to make this play dough. You may be able to use another kind of lotion but I tried it with baby lotion. Dollar store baby lotion works perfectly for this play recipe. 

If you are starting from scratch, fill a small bowl with baking soda and slowly add water to it.  You will want to be sure to add a little water at a time and mix it in well. If you are using food coloring to color the dough, add it now and continue mixing. You are going for a texture that is somewhat moist and can be molded, but can also be crumbly. 

No cook lotion dough recipe

My daughter helped to add the lotion to our sand dough. Be careful with this step. She got a little squeeze happy and added too much lotion making the dough quite wet and sticky. I had to go back and add some more baking soda to get a better consistency.

making lotion dough

Mix the lotion in with the dough until something resembling play dough forms. 

Lotion, baking soda and water make an easy play dough

My daughter loved the mixing part. 

Mixing Lotion Dough

We added some paper clips to our play dough. They were great for making prints. 

Sensory recipe - lotion dough

My daughter also had fun using cookie cutters in the dough.

fun with lotion dough

This Lotion Dough is a little stickier than normal play dough but that just adds to the messy fun. We played with ours on a tray which made for an easy clean up.

no cook play dough recipe

For more crushed cereal ideas check out:

                 Crushed Cereal Sand Dough                                                Scented Art
 Crushed cereal for scented art

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  1. Can you save it to play with again later?

    1. Kelly, we have had ours a few days in a tupperware container and it's still good.

  2. Love this dough, no cook is always a winner (I have an impatient toddler, who hates waiting for play dough to cook). :)x

  3. What a fantastic recipe! ...Thanks for the easy guide.