Disco Dough

What is dough disco?

Dough disco involves moulding play dough in time to music and performing different actions such as rolling it into a ball, flattening it, putting each individual finger into the dough, rolling it into a sausage and squeezing it.

Why do dough disco?

This activity helps to strengthen children's fine motor muscles to enable them to develop their pencil grip which in turn will help to develop their writing skills. But most of all it's fun!

When do we do dough disco?

In Nursery and Reception we do it for five minutes a day. Morning Nursery and Reception do it just before dinner time. Afternoon Nursery do it just before home time.

What do you need to do a dough disco?

Music - Any song will do! We have had Abba, Frozen CD, Musicals, and TV Themes to name a few of our favourites!

Dough - You can buy pots of dough or make your own with your child. See the recipes below to help!

A set of moves! - These can be done in any order and you don't need to include them all!

Dough disco moves!

Roll the dough into a ball using both hands.

Poke the dough with each finger and thumb in turn to make holes in the dough. Make sure you swap hands so all fingers and thumbs are used. Extend by using names of fingers and thumb:

  • Tom Thumb
  • Peter Pointer
  • Toby Tall
  • Ruby Ring
  • Baby Small

Squeeze the dough with all the fingers and thumb using a fist grip one hand at a time.

Sausage! Roll the play dough between both hands moving backwards and forwards to make a sausage.

Pancake! Hold the play dough in one hand and push the other hand flat into the play dough. Repeat this until the dough is flatter!

Pinch the play dough. Hold the play dough in one hand and use Tom Thumb and Peter Pointer to pinch the dough. Then swap hands and repeat.

Try it at home!

You have nothing to lose but all to gain by doing dough disco at home! The children will develop the muscles in their hands to help them with their pencil grip which will help them with their handwriting! Five minutes a day will help to give your children the skills they need to become happy and successful writers! Give it a go and have some fun!

Happy dough disco!

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