Signing: Bean in ASL starts with the weak hand made into a fist with the index finger extended as if it were a bean. The strong hand pinches the bean with the index finger and the thumb and is then pulled back along the bean. The motion with the strong hand looks like you stinging a bean.
Usage: Beans and other food signs are interesting to children. Even if a child does not eat a food, they are interested in learning the names. And continued exposure to the food, both in real life and in pictures helps to promote familiarity – eventually leading to the child eating the food.
Food signs like bean are also useful signs for baby to indicate favorite foods, or to tell you what they are in the mood to eat. Having baby able to sign what they want is certainly easier than having to guess and having your mistaken guesses flung in your direction.
Flash Card: Click the link to view the Bean Baby Sign Language Flash Card. The flash cards are printable and available in both U.S. Letter and A4 sizes.