Day Plan – Go to the Dough Disco!

24th March 2020

Today I’m going to let you in on some Early Years teachers’ greatest tools – play dough and the dough disco. I know it doesn’t sound revolutionary, but it’s great for developing fine motor skills (especially hand strength for pencil control), is super cheap to make at home (so long as you stocked up on flour) and is almost unlimited in its creative potential.

The day:


If you didn’t make it yesterday and don’t have some at home, you’re going to need to start by making your own play dough (it only needs flour, water, salt and oil and you don’t need to make much). Keep the dough for ages in an airtight tub.

Once you’re ready, get a ball of dough and head on over to the Dough Disco. You might need to do this alongside you children for the first time, but you can use this activity over and over again.

If you don’t know your Tommy Thumb from your Baby Small, you need a refresher of the finger song. If you’re working on counting, now is a great time to remind yourself of how many fingers you’ve got.


Make letters out of play dough, saying the sounds and thinking of words that start with the sound as you make them. You can use printable play dough mats to help if you want (log-in required but free) – put them in plastic wallets if you want to reuse them.


Acting out real life experiences is a very important way for young children to learn language, understand feelings and behaviour and explore relationships with others. We’ll use play dough and our kitchen utensils to make a play dough tea party for each other and our toys.

If you don’t think your children will be into a tea party, have a look at the many pages of play dough activities in this great activity pack.


All kids know that play dough is delicious, but please don’t eat it. And don’t forget to wash your hands!


Actor Josh Gad (Olaf in Frozen) has been recording daily videos of him reading children’s stories during the quarantine in California. Here he is reading Olivia Goes to Venice.


The children choose whatever they want to do.

If they want more play dough fun, there are four whole pages of play dough activities in this great activity pack made free for kids at home in the pandemic. Make woodland creatures outside, create your own scary monster or make characters from your favourite book to act out the story.


It’s supposed to be beautiful weather today so we can hopefully eat outside.


The Snail and the Whale is such a beautiful story of how small creatures can do big things – perfect for little people (and I’m absolutely going for the film version here today).


The children choose whatever they want to do.

We might have been inspired to by our story to make play dough snails or go outside on a hunt for real snails. I want them to get outside so we might go on a bug hunt.

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