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
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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.
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. Just click the image below to have it sent straight to your inbox!
I hope you enjoyed this free video and printable on how to do 10 ASL signs for Easter! Have fun enjoying this fun time of year and learning something new.
Leave me a comment below on how you’re using any of these signs with your little one or classroom. I’d love to hear from you!
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What Will You Do To Make This Spring Special With Your Little One
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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 today’s 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
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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!
PS And don’t forget to download your free printable of spring signs below!
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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 free mini lesson!
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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 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 today’s video you’ll learn how the American Sign Language (ASL) signs for AIRPLANE, BICYCLE, BOAT, BUS, CAR, HELICOPTER, MOTORCYCLE, TRUCK, TRACTOR, TRAIN, FIRE TRUCK, POLICE CAR, AMBULANCE and SIREN.
This video is dedicated to Cameron and his grandmother. Thank you for sharing your story!
Great Board Books for Teaching Your Baby Signs for Vehicles
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.
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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!
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.
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!
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).
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.
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.
How to sign LIGHT in American Sign Language. Open your fingers to show the rays of light shining down on you. This is probably by *favorite* baby sign ever. Both my girls did this one early & often. It’s not one that you might typically think of, but it’s really motivating and exciting for babies.
Pro tip #1: Hold your baby and let them play with the light switch to show them this sign.
Pro tip #2: When your baby signs this one back, it might look a lot like the sign for “milk” but with their arm extended.
How to sign MILK in American Sign Language. Just open & close your hand like you’re milking a cow. This is an excellent first sign! If you think your baby’s ready for a feeding, you can sign milk and ask them “do you want some milk Then you can reinforce it by signing & saying it again while your baby is feeding. Use the sign for milk whether your baby is nursing or bottle-feeding.
How to sign MORE in American Sign Language. With fingers touching your thumbs, bring your fingertips of both hands together a few times.
This is a great first sign but can sometimes cause a little confusion. Babies quickly learn that they get something they want when they sign “more” so will often start signing “more” all the time. Parents are then left wondering, “more WHAT?” This is an easy first sign, but remember to also introduce signs for specifics things your baby might want (milk, book, daddy, crackers) so they can be more specific about what they want. ;)
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Tell me in the comments: What holiday sign are you most interested in teaching your little one?
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