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The Dough Disco!

Since Christmas we’ve been going to the Dough Disco every day. Dough Disco is a fun way to help strengthen our fingers and hands and get them ready for writing. We also do Write Dance each week (see this post about Write Dance from last year to give you a better idea of what it is.)

In Dough Gym we all have our own pot of dough which we have to look after. We made it ourselves. Have you ever made Playdough? Its very easy and your children can help you do it.

Follow this simple recipe-

The children can help count out the cups and tablespoons and talk about the different amount between the cups and the tablespoons.

Then they will need your help because the recipe needs very hot or boiling water. Add 2 cups of boiling water and mix with a spoon until all the dry ingredients have gone. Once it has cooled a little then give it to the children to continue mixing it with their hands. You can talk about about how hot the play dough is and how it cools.

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Once we’d made our play dough we were ready to use it for Dough Disco. Everyone has their own pot and we sit in a circle so everyone can see. Miss Parker puts on the music and we’re ready to go…

We dance with the dough in our hands and practise using our fingers and hands to squash, squeeze and squidge the dough. These are some of the movements we do in time to the music.

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If you want to find out more you can watch a video of Dough Disco with Shonette Bason-Wood on YouTube by clicking on this link.

What have we been learning? 

  • To make play dough counting out the ingredients and talking about the changes we see and feel. 
  • To strengthen our hands and fingers using the dough. 
  • To move in time to the music. 
  • To listen to instructions and do the action we are being told. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Make some play dough of your own (you can colour it with food colouring if you want)
  • See if you can have a Dough Disco with your favourite music playing. 
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We Love Write Dance!

Every week we have a Write Dance session in school. The children love it 🙂

Miss Deighton runs the Write Dance sessions with our class and Garnet class in the Infant Hall. We do Write Dance to make our writing better and improve our number and letter formation.

First Miss Deighton looks in her special book and sees which letter or number we are learning today.

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Then we go up to the Hall and get ready. We have to listen carefully to the story and to find out how to move correctly to do the dance. Then we have our turn to do the dance carefully watching what Miss Deighton does. Sometimes we have to move in funny ways!

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Once we’ve done the dance we think about how the movements we’ve done link to the number or the letter for the day. We go to our BIG pieces of paper and make the same movements using the crayons.Sometimes we use two crayons on the paper at the same time! After that we look for a practise the number or letter that we have been learning.

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So, next Friday when we get home from school ask us what we’ve been learning in Write Dance. Which letter or number was it? What happened in the Write Dance story? There are some strange character names so please ask if it sounds a bit bizarre!

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