Dough Disco

Dough Discois a fun activity which combines the use of play doughwith a series of hand and finger exercises designed to improve fine muscle control. The movements develop children's fine and gross motor skills, hand-eye coordination and self-esteem. 

It involves moulding coloured dough in time to music and performing different actions such as rolling the dough into a ball and a sausage, nipping and pinching the dough and creating a pizza and a doughnut with the dough. 

Students learn about the different fingers on their left and right hands – Tommy Thumb, Peter Pointer, Toby Tall, Ruby Ring and Baby Small. 

Dough Disco helps children manipulate their fingers to develop their pencil grip and writing skills. 

Students are extremely engaged in this intervention.  They enjoy choosing which colour dough they would like to work with, popping the dough back in the pot at the end of the session and washing and drying their hands as part of their ongoing life skills curriculum.

Michael Bates