Baby Signing at the Beach!

Baby Signing at the Beach!

Head to the Beach and Learn Some New Signs!

A trip to the beach brings new sights, smells & textures and ignites your baby’s senses. An exciting & stimulating environment is a perfect time to introduce your little one to new words & signs.

Today’s free mini-lesson will give you the tools you need to teach your baby some fun & useful American Sign Language signs.

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Today I’m excited to share with you some of my favorite signs for things you’ll see at the beach. I hope you enjoy this quick video lesson and free printable guide.

Have fun at the beach!

In today’s video you’ll learn how to sign WATER, WAVE, OCEAN, HOT, SUN, SKY, BIRD, SWIM, BOAT, FISH, HAT, UMBRELLA, TOWEL, SAND, BUCKET, SHOVEL, BALL and SHELL.

Beach Signs 

Bonus: Free Printable!

I’ve also created a FREE printable guide that you can keep as a reference to help you remember how to do  a few of these signs.

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Learn 10 ASL Signs for Fruits

Learn 10 ASL Signs for Fruits

Let’s learn some new signs!

Whether your baby is starting with purees, or diving right in to some delicious fingers foods, fruit is probably on the menu.

If you’re just starting out, you don’t need to learn the sign for every single food your baby eats – in fact, simply signing “eat” is a great place to start.

But as your baby begins to show preferences for certain foods, or even develops a clear favorite, you’ll want to teach your baby the sign for that special treat.

Sweet, juicy fruits are popular faves for babies, so watch through the below video and see if there are any your little one might want to learn. That way they can let you know what they want!

In today’s video you’ll learn how to sign APPLE, BANANA, PEAR, STRAWBERRY, BLUEBERRY, MELON, WATERMELON, PINEAPPLE, COCONUT, and ORANGE.

 Baby Sign Language (ASL) Signs for Fruits

Bonus: Free Printable!

I’ve also created a FREE printable guide that you can keep as a reference to help you remember how to do  a few of these signs.

If you already get email updates from me, the link to download the printable was in your email. If you are not yet on the Tiny Signs list, please sign up for immediate access to this free PDF guide.

Thanks for watching and have fun signing!

Things That GO! :: Baby Sign Language for Vehicles

Things That GO! :: Baby Sign Language for Vehicles

Things That GO! :: Baby Sign Language for Vehicles

Babies & toddlers love things that go! Cars, trains & planes are fascinating to look at and make interesting sounds. Your young toddler might have a little ride-on toy that looks like a bus or tricycle, or maybe he’s fascinated with fire engines and police cars. Or maybe you’ve got a little one who looooves tractors. If this sounds like your little one, you’re going to love this video and free printable!

In this baby sign language video I’m excited to share with you a few of my favorite American Sign Language signs that you can use to teach your baby signs for things that GO! You can use these when you’re playing with toys, reading a book (see my favorites below!), or pointing out vehicles when you’re out & about.

Have Fun Learning Transportation Signs!

In this video, learn the American Sign Language (ASL) signs for CAR, BICYCLE, AIRPLANE and BOAT!

Vehicle Signs

Bonus! Free Printable…

I’ve also created a FREE printable guide that you can keep as a reference to help you remember how to do these four signs.

 

Great Board Books for Teaching Your Baby Signs for Vehicles

Books are a great way to teach your baby sign language. Here is a list of some of my favorite board books about vehicles:

  1. Little Blue Truck by Alice Shertle
  2. Zoom, Zoom, Baby! by Karen Katz
  3. Planes by Byron Barton
  4. Freight Train by Donald Crews
  5. Things That Go! by Amy Pixton
  6. That’s Not My Car by Fiona Watt

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Free Baby Sign Language Mini Lesson: Bedtime Signs

Free Baby Sign Language Mini Lesson: Bedtime Signs

Hush Little Baby :: Baby Sign Language at Bedtime

Whether you have a simple or lengthy bedtime routine, chances are you do the same things every evening as you get your baby ready for bed. Using baby sign language by adding a sign or two into your routine is an easy way to guarantee your baby is exposed to the same signs consistently and will increase the likelihood they’ll sign back sooner.

Think of how great it would if your baby could sign “bed” when they were feeling tired, instead of crying. I’ve seen it happen – and it’s a beautiful sight! :)

In today’s free baby sign language mini-lesson I’m excited to share with you some of my favorite American Sign Language signs that you can use at bedtime (or nap time!). Pick a sign or two that you think will appeal to your baby the most, or that will best fit into your existing routine.

Enjoy learning some sign language that you can incorporate into your bedtime routine…

In today’s video you’ll learn how the American Sign Language (ASL) signs for BED, SLEEP, BATH, BRUSH TEETH, MOON, STARS, MILK, PACIFIER, BOOK, LIGHT and I LOVE YOU.

Bedtime Signs

Bonus! Free Printable…

I’ve also created a FREE printable guide that you can keep as a reference to help you remember how to do many of these signs.

If you already get email updates from me, the link to download the printable was in your email. If you are not yet on the Tiny Signs list, please sign up for immediate access to this free PDF guide.

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Baby Sign Language at Bedtime

 

The Best Signs to Start With :: 9 Great Starter Signs

The Best Signs to Start With :: 9 Great Starter Signs

Which Signs Should You Start With?

Deciding which signs to start with is one of the first big questions parents face when beginning with baby sign language.

To make things super simple, I’ve put together this collection of 9 videos of my absolute favorite starter signs and created a totally FREE printable chart to go with it. Download the free chart below and print it out as a visual reminder of which signs you’re using and how to do them!

Starter Signs FB

All Done

How to sign ALL DONE in American Sign Language. Oh the possibilities for this one are endless! Use this one whenever you are transitioning from one activity to another and your baby will get the idea. You can sign “all done” when you’re taking your baby out of the carrier, high chair, bath, car seat, you name it.

You can sign & say this at the end of a feeding or when you finish a book. You can use this sign along with the words “all done,” “finished,” and even “the end.” Once your baby starts signing this one back to you, it’s really helpful that they can let you know when they’ve had enough BEFORE the tears come.

Ball

How to sign BALL in American Sign Language. Curve all your fingers (this is called a “claw” handshape in ASL) and bring your hands together to show the shape of a ball. Pro tip: You can do this sign with a ball in your hands if it’s small enough. This is a great technique to show your baby the sign, because their eyes will be on the ball…AND your hands!

Bath

How to sign BATH in American Sign Language. Sign bath to your baby as you’re getting ready for bath time and during the bath. You can also use this sign when you see someone taking a bath in a book you’re reading. You can sign this one on your body or right on your baby’s body (if they don’t mind).

Bed

How to sign BED in American Sign Language. This one is super easy and babies can learn it really quickly. Ask your baby “do you want to go to bed?” when you suspect they’re getting sleepy.

Dog

How to sign DOG in American Sign Language. This is definitely not my best video because you can’t see my hand – sorry! But this is a super easy sign – just pat your thigh with your hand like you are calling a dog to come to you. Easy peasy.

There are 3 ways to sign dog in ASL. 1) Pat your thigh 2) Snap your fingers or 3) Do a combo of the pat & snap. I prefer keeping it simple by patting your leg. You can even pat your baby’s thigh to teach them this sign, just to give them the idea.

Eat

How to sign EAT in American Sign Language. The sign for “eat” is the same as the sign for “food” in ASL. I recommend introducing this sign when your baby starts eating solid foods. Use it every time your baby has something to eat and remember your baby’s sign might not look much like yours! They’ll do their best by either touching their mouth (or maybe even their ear, like my first did!). You don’t need to correct them, just keep doing it the right way and they’ll copy you to the best of their ability.

Light

 Download the Free Baby Sign Language Chart!

 

Starter Signs Pinterest

Baby Sign Language for the Holidays

Baby Sign Language for the Holidays

The holidays are a great time to teach your baby some fun new baby sign language! If you’d like to learn some baby sign language for the holidays, this video will help! You’ll learn how to sign CHRISTMAS, TREE, SANTA, LIGHT, REINDEER, ELF, GIFT, BELL and STAR in the following video tutorial.

The holidays are a great time to teach your baby some fun new baby sign language! Learn how to sign CHRISTMAS, TREE, SANTA, LIGHT, REINDEER, ELF, GIFT, BELL and STAR in this free video tutorial.

 

My first daughter was 11 months old for her first Christmas. I had been using baby sign language with her for a few months at that point, and things had really taken off right as the holiday season began. One of her favorite signs at that time was the sign for LIGHT, and there are lights everywhere around the holidays. I remember she was signing it all. the. time. In fact, it was hard to get a photo of her where she wasn’t signing LIGHT that year!

 

Signing LIGHT at 11 months

Learn when to start teaching your baby sign language.

Baby Sign Language for the Holidays

Want to make Christmas special and memorable for you and your baby? Take advantage of this opportunity to work with your baby’s curiosity and introduce your baby to new words and signs.  There are so many things to capture your baby’s attention at this time of year! You’ll see colorful decorations and twinkling lights just about everywhere you look.

 

The holidays are a great time to teach your baby some fun new baby sign language! Learn how to sign CHRISTMAS, TREE, SANTA, LIGHT, REINDEER, ELF, GIFT, BELL and STAR in this free video tutorial.

 

Learn the signs for common Christmas items so you can share them with your little one.

 

How to Sign CHRISTMAS and Other Holiday Signs

This video will show you how to sign CHRISTMAS, TREE, SANTA, LIGHT, REINDEER, ELF, GIFT, BELL and STAR.

 

 

Instructions on How To Do The Signs

CHRISTMAS – Make a “C” handshape and trace an arch in the space in front of you. Twist your hand so your palm is facing you as you complete the arch. It’s like you’re showing the top of a holiday wreath.

TREE – Place your nondominant hand parallel to the floor, palm facing down. Then place the elbow of your dominant hand on the back of your hand, palm facing forward and fingers spread open. Twist your open hand back and forth a few times. It’s like the tree branches blowing in the wind.

SANTA – Make a “C” handshape with both hands and start with them under your chin with palms facing down. Then move both hands down in a curved so they end at your chest. It’s like you’re showing Santa’s big fluffy beard.

LIGHT – Touch all your fingers together and lift the back of your wrist up above your head. Open and close your fingers a few times. It’s like your fingers are the light rays shining down on you.

REINDEER – With your fingers spread open and your palms facing forward, tap your thumbs at your temples. It’s like you’re showing the reindeer’s antlers.

ELF – Make a “G” handshape (pointer finger and thumb extended) and place them at the top of your ears. Move them upwards and close your pointer fingers and thumbs together as you move them up. It’s like you’re tracing the shape of an elf’s pointy ears.

GIFT – Make an “X” handshape (pointer fingers bent) with both hands. Start with your hands at your chest and move them away from you. It’s like you’re giving a present to someone.

BELL – Make a “Q” handshape (pointer finger and thumb pointing down) and knock them against the open palm of your opposite hand. It’s like the clapper of a bell making it ring.

STAR – Lift both hands above your head with the pointer fingers extended. Brush your pointer fingers against each other as you alternately raise your hands up toward the sky. It’s like you’re pointing at all the stars in the sky.

Conclusion

For many of us, Christmas and the holidays is a time when lasting memories are made – both as children, and as parents. Baby sign language plays a wonderful part in my memories of both of my daughter’s early Christmas experience. I love that they were able to express their excitement about all the decorations, family & other special parts of the holiday. I hope you’ll make wonderful holiday memories with your little one this year too!

Learn more seasonal and holiday signs!

Tell me in the comments: What holiday sign are you most interested in teaching your little one?

 

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