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Dough Disco and Finger Fitness

Dough Disco


We have recently introduced daily dough disco sessions. This is exercise for the fingers to improve fine motor control and gross motor skills.

It helps to develop our gross motor skills as we are using the dough as a weight, so lots of lifting with straight arms, and round and round with extended arms.

Fine motor control is developed through pinching, poking, rolling and squeezing.


If you would like to have a go at home, there is a recipe for homemade playdoh below.


* roll it into a ball

* roll it into a sausage

* squeeze it

* poke it

* flatten it

* pinch it


Let's get ready to rumble - Dough Disco

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1 cup of plain flour

Half a cup of salt

2 teaspoons of Cream of Tartar

1 tablespoon of oil

1 cup of water

Food colouring


Mix all of the ingredients together in a saucepan.

Stir the mixture over a low heat until it comes away from the sides of the pan.

Tip the dough out and leave it to cool slightly.

Let your children play with the dough while it is still warm!


Store the playdough in an air-tight container or plastic bag and let your kids use it every day (it should keep for about a week).


If you don’t have any Cream of Tartar in your cupboard then buy a pot just for this recipe!

Finger Fitness

We are also using Finger Fitness - follow this link to practise at home!


Finger Fitness Exercise Dances for Kids - Overview of "Finger Fitness Exercise Dances for Kids" - (Fine Motor Skill Development for Beginners) There are 10 Finger exercise dances accompanied by children's style music (traditional and original). There are four songs that each demonstrate one of the four different download variations. 1.