Dough Disco™ is a fine muscle exercise that Shonette invented when she realised the children in her class were struggling to write letters. She read a great deal of books about brain development and the fingers are one of the last things the brain controls. A group of neuro developmental practioners called INPP do an exercise with older children called tapping. It’s simply tapping the fingers in a certain order, some quite complex, on the table in front of them. She enjoyed it as much as the children and it started the growth of Dough Disco. She used dough because everyone loves dough and disco because music stimulates our happiness chemicals which in turn impact on memory.
With a daily Dough Disco™ the child’s brain learns to control the fingers a lot quicker.
It has no age limit because fine muscle needs exercise just like gross muscles.
Our YouTube Channel Spread The Happiness TV is full of Dough Disco™ resources that your class can sing and follow along to.
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. Our books and YouTube videos have lots of examples of all the different themed moves you can do.
This is exercise for the fingers to improve fine motor control and gross motor skills. Children and adults need to have strong muscles in their hands to enable them to write effectively. Doing these simple, fun exercises will help your child prepare for writing.
It has no age limit and is used to exercise fine muscle in all ages. It has been used in schools, homes and old peoples homes.