Our 'Dough Gym' and 'Write Dance' Programmes
Dough Gym is an effective programme for children who need to work on their upper body and gross motor development, which will in turn develop their fine motor control and dexterity. The children use a ball of play-dough to do different motions to music, which strengthens their fingers. They have to squeeze the dough, ball it, smack and press each finger into it.
Write Dance is an exciting and innovative programme which uses music and movement to introduce handwriting to children. The children use both hands to make marks to the music with chalk/crayons or pens.
Both programmes involve a variety of movements designed to help children feel happy and comfortable with their bodies, improving their motor skills and providing a strong foundation for writing. The programmes are continued throughout Nursery and into Reception, especially whilst the children develop the strength and dexterity required to 'write'.
The movements are driven by music and the underlying principle is enjoyment to build confidence.
We encourage the children to develop the control and coordination in their shoulders, arms and hands, at the same time!
The 'Funky Fingers' activities help to encourage the children to develop the dexterity in their wrists joints, hands and fingers, with the intention of developing a good 'Pencil grip' for writing when they are ready.
We use our whole bodies to move to the 'Toy Train' music.
We then 'Scrimble' to the music, "Puffa, puffa, puffa train..."
We even made train biscuits.
We can use our 'Scrimbling fingers' to recreate the Write Dance independently.