Nursery – Our first Dough Disco

This week the children experienced a ‘dough disco’ for the first time. We first heard about Dough Disco from a Shonette Bason-Wood training course. Each child is given a ball of play dough and then we dance along to music whilst squeezing, squashing, rolling and pinching the dough in time to the music. Not only is this a lot of fun and quite therapeutic, it’s also a great way for the children to build up strength and control in their hands and fingers which will help them with pencil control and writing. It also starts the afternoon session with a big boost of energy!

Why not have your own dough discos at home ? You can buy play dough quite cheaply in a range of colours or make your own and then sing and dance along to your favourite songs whilst encouraging your child to squish and roll the dough ! Have a look at our play dough recipe. There are plenty of other recipes available on the internet and you can add essential oils(check for suitability for use with children) herbs, food colouring and spices to keep things interesting.

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Play dough Recipe

2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
2 cups water
1 tablespoon oil
Food colouring or children’s non-toxic paint

Microwave Method:

Place all ingredients in bowl and stir. Microwave for 5 minutes, checking and stirring each minute. Allow to cool for a few minutes then knead until smooth.

Oven top method:

Place all ingredients in a pan and heat gently, stirring continuously. When the mixture comes away from the side of the pan it is ready. Allow to cool for a few minutes and knead until smooth.

We sometimes add interesting scents such as lavender or rose and add extra interest with materials like glitter or chopped herbs

Store in an airtight container.

Have fun hosting dough discos of your own at home !