I went through a number of play dough recipes on you tube to give you before picking this one. I didn’t really want you to have to cook it but, as I see you do need to use hot water. (maybe mine often didn’t come out that great).I also like the way she uses kool aid in this video to get the color to change. But, it’s a simple and easy to follow recipe. just be aware that most of the play dough recipes are very sticky until they are well kneaded out.