Dough Disco

On Monday 16th October we had a Dough Disco after school. Parents and children were invited to take part and learn the Dough Disco moves. We learnt to smack, squeeze, roll, pinch and poke. All the actions helped the children to develop strength in their fingers in preparation for writing!


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 Reception we do it for five minutes a day to a song of our choice.

What do you need to do a dough disco?

Music – Any song will do! We have had Abba, One Direction, Little Mix and Take That 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