What is Dough Disco?

Improve literacy skills
Improve fine motor skills

With daily Dough Disco™ a child’s brain learns to control the fingers a lot quicker.

Dough Disco™ is a fine muscle exercise that Shonette invented when she realised the children in her class were struggling to write letters. She studied information on brain development and found the fingers are one of the last things the brain controls during child development.

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, the music stimulates our ‘happiness chemicals’ which in turn impact on memory.

Dough Disco™ 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.

What is a 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. Our books and YouTube videos have lots of examples of all the different themed moves you can do.

What are the benefits of Dough Disco?

Children and adults need to have strong muscles in their hands to enable them to write effectively. This is exercise for the fingers to improve fine motor control and gross motor skills. Doing these simple, fun exercises will help your child prepare for writing. Dough Disco can also be used to develop finger dexterity for people with health conditions or impairments.

What age is Dough Disco for?

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.

Who created Dough Disco

Shonette is the inventor of Dough Disco. She has created a whole range of resources both free and paid that are available through our website and our YouTube channel "Spread The Happiness TV".

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Dough Disco for parents


Looking for ways to combat boredom with your children at home? Dough Disco is a great activity for children and parents. It combines learning and playful fun with loads of YouTube follow along videos to get you going from scratch up to some of our more advanced moves.

Encourage creativity, develop the muscles needed for early mark making and writing and make some wonderful memories for the whole family – Dough Disco will help you with all these things!

Here are some of our “at home” Dough Disco videos that use our basic moves to get you started with your Dough Disco journey: