Baby Signs : All Done! by Kate Lockwood
Baby Signs: All Done! is an invaluable resource for parents seeking to bridge the communication gap with their babies. Through its charming illustrations featuring a variety of infants in different scenarios, this book introduces caregivers and parents to an array of 16 basic sign language words and phrases. These signs, ranging from expressing necessities such as “more” and “milk” to conveying appreciation and affection with “thank you,” “hug,” and “I love you,” enable babies to effectively communicate with those who care for them.
Accompanied by a detailed guide, Baby Signs: All Done! equips parents with the necessary knowledge to accurately demonstrate the signs to their infants. This allows parents to provide their little ones with the means to comprehend their needs. With its vibrant colors, enchanting illustrations, and straightforward signs, this book is destined to become a cherished addition to your family’s literary collection.
ASL Signs for Toddlers: Learn to Sign with Your Child
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Tips for Signing with Your Toddler
Before we jump into learning signs for toddlers, here are a few tips:
- When you sign something, say it out loud as well. This way, your toddler gets both auditory and visual input.
- Point to objects while signing their corresponding signs. For example, if there’s a ball, point to it and sign “ball.” This helps your child make the connection between the object and the sign.
- Involve the whole family in learning sign language together. This increases engagement and makes it a fun experience for your child!
Let’s Learn Some Signs for Toddlers!
Now, let’s dive into learning a few signs specifically for toddlers:
- Happy: Place your flat hands over your chest and move them up in a happy motion.
- Sad: Bring your hands down like they’re bringing your sadness down.
- Sleepy: Nod your head off, mimicking the action of falling asleep.
- Hungry: Use a c-shaped hand and move it down your chest. For emphasis, you can add more force to the sign.
- Drink: Imagine holding a cup and bring it to your mouth as if taking a sip.
- Take a bath: Mimic scrubbing your body down, as though you’re taking a bath.
- Book: Pretend to open a book with your hands.
- Play: Use your hands to bounce around, as if playing.
- Go to: Point your index fingers towards the place you’re going to. You can also come and go freely.
- Walk: Gesture as if you’re taking steps while walking.
- Outside: Use a noun-verb pair – move your hands twice for “outside” and once for “go out.”
- Home: Form a flat “O” shape with your hand and move it across the side of your face.
- Clean: Imagine dusting something off with your hands.
- Want: Bend your fingers, pulling them towards yourself.
- Don’t want: Flick your hands downward, indicating that you don’t want something.
- Mommy/Mom: When children sign this, they might use “mommy” or “mom” in this general area while referring to you.
- Father: Use a five-handshape and touch the top of your head, representing the masculine aspect of “father.”
- Baby: Gently rock your arms as if cradling a baby.
- No: Combine the letter N and O with your handshape to sign “no.”
- Yes: Use your hand to represent your head nodding “yes.”
If you’re looking for more resources on baby sign language, visit babysignlanguage.com. They have a comprehensive list of over a thousand signs you can teach your baby today.
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