We have recently implemented a “dough gym” for our children. The dough gym is a very effective programme for children who need to work on their upper body and gross motor development, but there may well be children in our setting who need more focused input on their hands, fingers and grip. It develops the muscles and hand movements they need for developing handwriting skills.
It’s a great way for the children to have fun whilst listening to the music and carrying out the different moves. The children have really engaged with this activity and have even begun to develop their own moves and suggest different songs to do the exercises to.
We like to try to make things as fun and different for the children as possible and as some children do not have an interest in handwriting we like to try alternative methods to encourage this. If you would like details of the exercise programme we use here at the setting please ask your child’s Key Person and we can arrange for you to have more information and even give you a demonstration!