Learn Some ASL Signs to Teach Your Baby this Spring!
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Spring is coming and there are so many ways to enjoy this season with your little one! It’s a great time of year to explore nature, even if it’s from your back porch or the playground. There are leaves, bugs, flowers and so much more to explore and experience.
As you are out enjoying the wonders of Spring, you can also take the opportunity to introduce & expand your child’s vocabulary with the help of American Sign Language.
Here are a few ideas of things you can do in the spring with your little one:
- Go for a walk around the neighborhood.
Use a carrier or stroller if your baby isn’t walking yet, but if you’ve got a toddler or preschooler, let them walk and explore! You might not cover too much territory, but it will be a wonderful experience for them to get to touch and explore things.
- Visit a local farm.
Spring is a great time to visit the farm as there are often lots of animal babies to see. You can learn some American Sign Language signs for farm animals here.
- Blow some bubbles.
There’s nothing better than blowing bubbles on a nice spring day. People always ask me what kind of bubbles I use in my classes and storytimes. It’s top secret though. ;)
- Play at the playground.
Enjoy the beautiful weather while swinging and sliding at the local playground. You can learn some American Sign Language signs for the playground here.
- Have a picnic!
Take a blanket and your lunch outside and share some of your favorite foods under the shade of a tree.
- Read a book about spring time – here are some of my faves:
- For babies: Baby Loves Spring by Karen Katz*
- For toddlers: I See Spring by Charles Ghigna*
- For preschoolers: My Spring Robin by Anne & Harlow Rockwell*
- Learn some American Sign Language signs for spring!
How do you learn ASL signs for spring? Easy! Watch the video below I made just for you and learn how to sign 9 spring-themed signs.
9 ASL Signs for Springtime
In this video you’ll learn how to sign SPRING, RAIN, FLOWER, UMBRELLA, BUG, WORMS, BUTTERFLY, GRASS,and BIRD.
Instructions for 9 ASL Signs for Spring
Use the below instructions to help you remember how to do 9 ASL Signs for Springtime or scroll down to download a beautiful color printable guide to print and keep as a helpful reference.
Spring – Fingers of dominant hand come up through “C” shape of non-dominant hand. Fingers open as hand rises to show a plant growing out of the ground
Rain – Bend your wrists and and bring your hands down to show the rain falling
Flower – Touch your fingertips to both sides of your nose like you are smelling a flower
Umbrella – Stack your closed fists and lift the top one like you are opening an umbrella
Bug – Put your thumb on your nose and bend your pointer and middle finger together like a bug’s antennae wriggling
Worm – Wiggle your pointer finger across your opposite palm from wrist to fingers to show a worm wriggling through the earth
Butterfly – With palms facing body, cross hands and hook thumbs then bend your fingers to show wings flapping
Grass – Place your palm under your chin with fingers curved upward and brush upwards
Bird – Open and close your pointer and thumb in front of your mouth like a bird’s beak
Plan to enjoy this Spring!
So now you know 9 new ASL signs that you can use as you play and explore this spring! Use these signs, as well as the list of fun activities above, to help plan some low-key and fun experiences. Take advantage of the beautiful weather to make some memories you’ll keep forever!