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:
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!
It’s spring and everywhere you turn you’ll find bunnies, eggs and (best of all) chocolate! Whether you celebrate Easter, Passover, or another Springtime holiday, this time of year is a great time to introduce some new words and signs to your little one or students.
Easter season is a great opportunity to learn the American Sign Language signs for EGG, BUNNY and more. There are plastic eggs at every checkout line and they make a great tool for supervised play and learning. In fact, Pinterest is filled with great ideas for activities for young children that incorporate plastic eggs.
And you don’t have to bring lots of sugar into the mix to make those plastic eggs interesting. Hide little toys or other unexpected items in each egg. You can also use this as a vocabulary building opportunity by placing items that you’d like to teach the sign for in each egg. Hide a small toy car in an egg and then teach the ASL sign for CAR when your little one finds it!
It doesn’t take much to surprise and delight your baby, so take advantage of this. Let your baby play with a bucket full of plastic eggs… or supervise some sensory play with real (or pretend) grass. Enjoy the simple pleasures in life this holiday and remember to snap some photos or videos as well.
Now I’d love to show you how to sign some of my favorite signs for Easter in the video below. You’ll learn how to sign EGG, EASTER, RABBIT, CANDY, CHOCOLATE, CHICKEN, BASKET, GRASS, HIDE & SEEK. I hope you enjoy!
American Sign Language (ASL) Signs for Easter
Instructions for 10 ASL Signs for Easter
Use the below instructions to help you remember how to do 10 ASL Signs for Easter or scroll down to download a beautiful color printable guide to print and keep as a helpful reference.
EGG – Make a “U” handshape with both hands (pointer & middle finger extended). Tap the fingers of your dominant hand on top of the fingers of the opposite hand and then move them apart and down to represent cracking an egg.
EASTER – Do the same motions as the sign for EGG (above) but with an “E” handshape. Another way to sign EASTER is to make an “E” handshape and wave it side-to-side.
RABBIT –Place your hands at the sides or your head with your palms facing back and bend your 2 fingers backwards to show the rabbit’s floppy ears.
CANDY – Place the tip of your pointer finger at your cheek and twist it.
CHOCOLATE – Place your hand in a “C” handshape on top of your opposite fist and circle it around like you are stirring melted chocolate.
CHICKEN – Open and close your pointer & thumb in front of your mouth.
BASKET – Place your non-dominant hand in front of you to represent the top of the basket and show the shape of the bottom of the basket by moving your dominant hand from wrist to elbow of your opposite arm.
GRASS – Make a “claw” handshape with your dominant hand and brush your palm away from your chin 2 times.
HIDE – “Hide” your fist (with a thumbs up handshape) under the palm of your opposite hand.
SEEK – Circle your “C” handshape in front of your face.
I hope you enjoyed this free video on how to do 10 ASL signs for Easter! Have fun enjoying this fun time of year and learning something new.
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Today I’m sharing with you my favorite winter signs AND one of my favorite winter-themed board books that is great for teaching baby sign language to your little one. I hope you’ll enjoy reading it with your baby!
Each new season brings an opportunity to share the wonders of nature with your baby. Winter can be challenging if you’re feeling cooped up inside with your little one, but if it’s too cold to play outside or go for a walk, you can always bring a little bit of nature in for your baby to explore.
Too cold to play outside? Bring a little bit of winter inside! Fill a plastic shoebox with some snow to explore in the bathtub – just be sure those baby toes and fingers don’t get too cold. Or pick out some winter-themed books to read. You can also use some of these ideas to keep your baby busy & active indoors!
In this video I’ll show you some fun winter signs and a story you can share with your baby…
In this mini-lesson you’ll learn how to sign COLD, WINTER, SNOW, SNOWMAN, SNOWBALL, HAT, SHOES & BOOTS.
It’s Autumn and Halloween is just around the corner!
There’s nothing I love more than babies in costumes. I mean, seriously! it’s the cutest thing ever!
Holidays and seasons bring lots of opportunities to teach your baby new signs as babies are naturally curious about the different decorations they see all around them. In the photo below, one of my adorable Tiny Signs students (seriously, how stinkin’ cute is he!?) is signing “ball!” excitedly on a visit to the local pumpkin patch, letting his mom & dad know that he thinks all the pumpkins look like balls. So clever!
In today’s post, I’m sharing my favorite signs for fall and Halloween – I hope you enjoy!
In this mini-lesson you’ll learn how to sign PUMPKIN, TREE, RAIN, COLD, COSTUME, HALLOWEEN & CANDY.
So what is your little one going to be for Halloween? Share with me in the comments below – or better yet, share a picture with me on the Tiny Signs Facebook page.
It’s the time of year where we celebrate love and share cards, flowers & chocolates with those near and dear to us. It’s Valentine’s Day! Holidays are a great opportunity to introduce new baby sign language vocabulary because there are often lots of new things to see. Everywhere you go you’ll find hearts and candy everywhere… heart shape balloons…teddy bears holding hearts…so many opportunities to introduce new words and signs.
In this video I’ll show you some fun Valentine’s Day signs and a story you can share with your baby…
In today’s video, you’ll learn how to sign VALENTINE, HEART, LOVE, I LOVE YOU, CANDY, CHOCOLATE and SWEETHEART. Then I’ll show you how to sign along to the lift-the-flap book, “Where Is Baby’s Valentine?” by Karen Katz which you can add to your collection if you don’t already have it. I love her books!
Let me start by saying that I’m no potty training expert (although I did manage to get both of my kids out of diapers so #yay).
And while I might not be a potty training guru, one thing I DO know a lot about is using sign language as a communication tool for infants and toddlers. And when it comes to potty training, communication is key.
Toddler speech varies greatly from one kiddo to the next, so if you’ve got a toddler with a large vocabulary who’s easy to understand, then you might not need to use signs when potty training. Many toddlers, however, are still working on building their vocabulary – and those early words can be really hard to understand. If that sounds like your little one, you’ll find the information in this article really helpful!
When to Potty Train
Before the use of disposable diapers, babies in the United States were usually potty trained in the 12-18 month range. That’s understandable when you think of washing all those cloth diapers by hand! But as disposable diapers became increasingly popular in the 1960’s and 1970’s, the average age of potty training has crept up to 2.5 years, and even later. Among my early parenting peers [circa 2006], it was definitely the norm to start thinking about potty training around age 2 or so, with a goal to be done by age 2.5 or 3.
These days, savvy parents are realizing that the disposable diaper industry is the biggest benefactor of waiting to potty train, and these smart millennials are starting to potty train earlier to minimize damage to the environment (not to mention their wallets!). However, potty training earlier on means your little one might still be developing his speech skills, which can make communicating about when to go a little tricky.
How Baby Sign Language Can Help with Potty Training
As parents and caregivers seek to start potty training before their little ones’ second birthday, one of the biggest challenges can be communication. Most babies might be saying a few words around their first birthday and might have a vocabulary of up to 50 words by 18 months. Their verbal articulation may still be quite limited and often difficult to understand. In fact, you might only understand about 50% of what your toddler is saying!
Communication is an essential part of the potty training process. This limited ability to talk can make potty training even more challenging. Your little one needs to be able to let you know when he’s got to go!
Enter Sign Language
Using basic signs is the perfect way to bridge the language gap with your toddler. Teaching your little one how to sign “potty” will allow her to let you know it’s time to go! Another cool bonus for teaching your toddler the sign for “potty” is that it’s quiet and doesn’t involve them shouting their need to poop for the whole grocery store to hear. Nice, right?
Potty Training Signs to Start With
The most obvious sign to start with is the sign POTTY. It’s pretty easy, as you’ll see in the video below.
If your kiddo is a little older, and you want to be more specific, you can also teach them the signs for PEE and POOP, but most families find that the sign for POTTY alone does the trick.
The following video will show you how to sign POTTY, PEE and POOP. After that, you’ll find videos for other signs that might come in handy, like CHANGE, DIAPER, DIRTY, CLEAN and ALL DONE.
How to Sign POTTY, PEE & POOP in ASL
How to Sign CHANGE, DIAPER, DIRTY, CLEAN and ALL DONE in ASL
Click through the videos to see how to do a few more signs that might come in handy when potty training…
The Best Potty Training Book
As I mentioned before, I’m no potty training expert. But thank goodness I know someone who is!
My friend, Jamie Glowacki, is a potty training ninja and all-around rock star. She’s also the author of the bestselling potty training book Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right. So if you’re looking for guidance on how to potty train your little one, I definitely recommend picking up her book. She knows her stuff!
And if you find you want support beyond the book, Jamie and her certified Potty Training Coaches are always offering cool potty training workshops and intensives, so if you’d like to work with Jamie directly, or need specialized help around a particular challenge, you can find her at JamieGlowacki.com.
You Can Do It!
Now you know the most useful signs to help get your little one communicating during the potty training journey. You’ve also got a great book recommendation for best practices on potty training, as well as an insider tip on how to put a real expert on speed dial. You’ve got everything you need to succeed. You’ve got this!
Got More Hot Tips?
If you’ve got a great potty training tip to share, please share them in the comments below. I’d love to hear what’s worked for you!
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