During this period when we have a collective invitation to remain inside you are probably looking for things to keep your baby or toddler busy, happy and engaged. For over a decade we have created resources that are free and printable as well as kits made of high quality materials to help you teach your baby how to use sign language to communicate their needs and wants. Because bandwidth is scarce due to high use we invite you to order one of our kits or a flashcard set. It will be a great offline activity to engage your baby and work on their motor skills, verbal skills and understanding non-verbal queues such as eye contant
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It seems this year is moving at incredible speeds. I feel like it was just yesterday we spent time talking about the way we would tackle learning baby sign language in 2017. Easter will be here before we know it, and we are going to start working on the skills needed to sign the most relevant baby signs.
In addition to the signs of the season, at our home we have started a really fun game. We purchased model farm animals and filled extra large plastic Easter eggs with our three-dimensional figures. We are hiding the eggs around the house and practicing our search skills. When our babies find the egg we open it and practice the appropriate sign. We are having a fantastic time learning new signs and practicing old ones.
We are also practicing our grouping skills by having our toddlers pair the model animals with the correct flash card from our baby sign language flash card set. Basically we place farm animal flash cards on the floor and the corresponding model animals in a bag. Baby gets to locate the right card each time he pulls a model toy from the bag. Each time we do it right, we celebrate by signing the proper sign and doing a happy dance. As we get closer to Easter and we get better at signing each animal we are seriously considering using mini gummy fruit bunnies as a reward.
The sign for bunny is super simple and extra fun. You can watch the video tutorial to learn how to sign bunny here.
To teach our toddlers to sign basket let them use a small basket to play games in which your baby is encouraged to pick up items of the same color or shape. By playing this game not only do we have an opportunity to familiarize our baby with baskets, we can also help them learn to form groupings. You can watch the video tutorial for basket by clicking here.
While we are learning to sign basket why not hide a few objects in order to help our babies understand the concept in a highly contextual setting. You can watch the video tutorial for the sign find here.
When we teach the sign for grass, we give our baby the opportunity to touch the grass. We also contrast it by walking on the sidewalk and then stepping on the grass. You can find the video tutorial for the sign for grass here.
In our home we do pre-Easter hunts. The idea is to help our babies become familiar with the ritual. For our in-home hunts we place small candy inside plastic eggs. You can watch the video tutorial for candy by clicking here.
If you are ready to let your little one discover the joys of chocolate begin by letting them taste and contrast the flavor of chocolate against other flavors. We do it by making chocolate milk, strawberry milk and banana milk. You can watch the video tutorial for chocolate by clicking here.
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to teach your baby how to sign egg. Make sure you clarify and show your little one graphics of the egg shell as well as a cooked egg (sunny side up) to help him or her better grasp the concept. You can watch the video tutorial for egg by clicking here
We adore this sign. In our home we use the sign for family in the context of a song. We all get to call out our names and then we sign family in unison. You can watch the video tutorial for family here.
You are going to see this sign incorporated to many of the song and sign dynamics taking place at various christian denomination churches. You can watch the video tutorial for Jesus by clicking here.
If you found this information useful, check out our award winning baby sign language kit. It includes more than 600 signs, covers advanced teaching methods for faster results, and includes fun teaching aids like flash cards.
The Deluxe Baby Sign Language Kit, bundles together everything you need to get started with signing in one box, at a steep discount. The kit includes: (1) Baby Sign Language Guide Book; (2) Baby Sign Language Dictionary: (3) Baby Sign Language Flash Cards; and (4) Baby Sign Language Wall Chart.
Baby Sign Language Guide Book shows you how to teach your child how to sign. The book begins with a Quick Start Guide that will teach you your first signs and having you ready to sign in 30 minutes. As your baby progresses, you can delve into more advanced topics like combining signs to make phrases, using props, and transitioning to speech. (Regularly $19.95)
Baby Sign Language Dictionarycontains over 600 signs including the most common words, the alphabet and numbers. The dictionary helps you expand your child’s vocabulary, and has the breadth of coverage that lets you follow any child’s natural interests. Each sign is illustrated with two or more diagrams, showing you the starting position, the ending position, and intermediate motion. This makes learning new signs easy. (Regularly $19.95)
Baby Sign Language Flash Cards include 52 sturdy board (4×6 inches) flash cards, covering a variety of basic signs. The flash cards allow you to teach words, such as animal names, that Baby is not exposed to in everyday life. The face of the flash cards shows the word and image for the child. The back of the flash cards show how the sign is performed, a handy reminder for the adult. (Regularly $24.95)
Baby Sign Language Wall Chart includes 22 basic signs, and makes a handy reminder for caregivers. The Baby Sign Language Wall Chart covers basic signs, like eat, drink, and sleep. Hang the poster in Baby’s Nursery to help babysitters, or other occasional caregivers learn and decode the most commonly used baby signs. (Regularly $9.95)
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Baby Sign Language Guide Book
Learn the best techniques for effectively teaching baby sign language. Including:
• Quick Start Guide – learn the first 10 signs and the basic principles required to start teaching your baby to sign (Chapter 1).
• Advanced Teaching Methods – use teaching aids like books, flash cards, and toys to keep lessons interesting and challenging (Chapter 5).
• Phrases – teach your baby to combine signs and communicate more complex thoughts (Chapter 6).
• Taming the Terrible Twos – reduce frustration and tantrums by enabling your toddler to communicate (Chapter 7).
• Transitioning to Speech – use sign language to expedite and improve speech development (Chapter 8).
Sarah learned her first 10 signs at six month and it made our lives much easier. Instead of screaming, she could tell us when she was hungry, thirsty, or tired. She learned another 50 signs by nine months and that was a blast. Now she is talking much earlier than the other children in her preschool and we think it is because of her signing.
We can’t imagine missing out on all the little things she shared with baby sign language. Thank You!
– Bennett & Melissa Z., CA
“It’s easy to see why so many parents swear by it, why child care centers include it in their infant and toddler classrooms, and why it has become so commonplace as an activity of daily learning … we approve.”
Heading Home With Your Newborn (Second Edition)
Dr. Laura A. Jana MD FAAP & Dr .Jennifer Shu MD FAAP
American Academy of Pediatricians
Baby Sign Language Flash Cards
52 high quality flash cards (4 x 6″). Featuring:
• Clean Images – real life pictures, isolated on a white background to make learning easier.
• Signs on the Rear – diagrams on the back illustrating the signign motion in case you need a reminder.
• Baby Friendly – printed on thick stock so little hands can play with the cards and they will live to play another day.
I was thrilled to see how easy the signs were for Abigail (3) and Eden (21 months). Much to my surprise they could figure out many of the signs from the flashcards on their own.
– Carrie P., TX
Study: Signing Enriches
“The Sign Training group told us over and over again … [signing] made communication easier and interactions more positive.”
“these data demonstrate clearly that … [signing] … seems to “jump start” verbal development”
“can facilitate and enrich interactions between parent and child”
Impact of Symbolic Gesturing on Early Language Development
Dr. Susan Goodwyn, Dr. Linda Acredolo, & Dr. Catherine Brown
Journal of Nonverbal Behavior
Baby Sign Language Dictionary
The Baby Sign Language Dictionary includes :
• Words (500+) – learn signs for nearly every topic of interest.
• Letters – sign the alphabet and teach basic spelling.
• Numbers (0-10) – introduce counting and basic mathematics.
Nicholas loves his signs and it lights up our lives every time he shares one of his little secrets. He is so observant, and we would miss it all without the signs.
– Donald Family, NY
Baby Sign Language Wall Chart
The full color wall chart (24 x 36″) includes 17 everyday signs. Use the wall chart for:
• Caregivers – help babysitters and other caregivers learn the basic signs so they can understand baby’s signs.
• Family – teach family the basic signs so they can join in the fun.
Everyone thought I was nuts when I started. A month later, all my friends saw Michelle’s first signs. Then they wanted to know how they could start.
Michelle is talking now and doesn’t sign much anymore, but it gave her a headstart over other children her age. Everyone says she talks like a three year old. Now she is helping me teach her baby brother Jordan how to sign.
– Adelaide S., CA
Study: Better in School
A group of second graders who signed as infants, performed better academically than a control group six years later. The signers had a 12 IQ point advantage.
Longterm Impact of Symbolic Gesturing During Infancy at Age 8
Dr. Linda P. Acredolo (Professor, U.C. Davis)
Dr. Susan W. Goodwyn (Professor, California State University)
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As you can tell, we love Baby Sign Language. It transformed the way we interacted with our children, and we want every family to have the opportunity. Baby Sign Language will make a difference for your child. Give it a try.
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We are all busy planning the first vacation of the year. For many of us this means taking the kids to the beach. We head to the Florida Coast and enjoy a week of fun in the sun with friends. We love planning but we mostly love giving new experiences to our children and we are eager to gift them with an early start.
Starting early means we are taking little ones in diapers and having to adjust our family activities to match their needs. We pack a huge canopy, tons of sunscreen and a few water-friendly toys. Because we have to keep toys to a minimum we have found that teaching our baby new skills using the objects that surround us is a great way to keep him busy and amused.
With our older ones we had always selected a few baby signs to learn during our winter ski vacation. Now that we are taking our little one to the beach I have selected a few signs that are vacation-relevant and would otherwise be difficult to teach in our suburban home.
This is just a tiny list from the many available free sign language resources on our page. You can also visit our baby sign language store and find curated resources from the best authors and educators.
Let’s face it; communication at the very core is a social activity. Because of this we are likely to obtain quicker results if we look for ways to make teaching and learning all forms of communication inclusive of baby sign language in a highly social context.
Mom & I
In the first stages of learning when our baby is highly dependent on us social interactions are mostly limited to mom and baby or dad and baby. During this time we can laser focus our teaching to basics that will aid in making babies feel more comfortable and secure. The choice of words and signs that we teach during the first months of our baby’s journey are usually related to needs such as food, warmth, sleep and physiological needs like potty. During this stage engagement is essential. Let’s not rely on visual media like videos. We need to talk to our babies and gift them with direct eye contact.
Time to Expand Our World
As early as six months of age our babies will realize that there are others and quickly thereafter they will want to engage with the world that surrounds them. This is the perfect opportunity to engage in play groups and allow your little one to learn communication skills both through signing and speaking in a setting where engaging with others at the same stage of life will be meaningful and fun.
Finding Other Social Avenues For Early Childhood Learning
As soon as your baby’s motor skills begin to improve and he or she is eager to mimic motion and sound find musically-oriented classes. Teach them about rhythm and seek out signs that are relevant to noises such as learning the association between the sounds of animals and the corresponding sign.
This is the perfect time for engaging in play dynamics using our flashcards or participating in activities like visiting our local zoo or petting farm.
As you embark in the journey of teaching your baby communication skills remember that baby sign language is a tool to get us to the next stage which is verbal communication. Don’t feel obligated to expand their vocabulary once they are verbal and only do so if the child shows interest or if you want to work on their fine motor skills.
We have numerous free resources and wonderfully curated baby sign language kits containing materials from our own collection as well as other treasures from the best professionals in the field such as Baby Signing Times. Go check out our store
Harsh weather and snow has arrived to many places and with it the challenges of keeping your sanity and keeping your baby engaged, happy and busy when you are trapped indoors.
Just like adults, little ones also need stimulation and sunshine to remain healthy and strong. In some areas of the country outdoorsy activities are no longer an option once the snow hits or days become too short, too windy or too cold. If this is what you are experiencing and cabin fever has you at the end of your mama rope we want to let you know that there is hope. Being indoors does not mean that the fun needs to stop. Grab your baby sign language flash cards, and join us as we take advantage of the versatility of this wonderful teaching resource.
Learn Holiday Baby Signs
Christmas is around the corner and this is a great time to familiarize your baby with signs that are only relevant during the season. Print our most used holiday signs and practice with your baby through the use of signs while learning holiday songs
Play a Match The Card, Sign & Object Scavenger Hunt
Pick 10 cards of objects familiar to your toddler and have him locate the objects around the house. When your baby locates the object repeat the word and guide them through hand modeling as you introduce them to the signs.
Create Card Groupings And Focus on a Theme
We love to introduce our babies to categorizing by sorting the cards by group. We have a stack with animals, one with food items and another one with locations such as kitchen and bathroom. We select a grouping and guide our babies through play dynamics such as guess the sign.
Learn Signs for Extended Family Members
Winter is the time when we visit and get to know our extended family. Take advantage of this opportunity to introduce your baby to signs like aunt, uncle, cousin, nephew etc. Consider posting pictures of different family members and practice the sign combined with the first initial of each family member. This is a fantastic way to learn the alphabet and become familiar with abstract concepts that teach your baby to identify how they relate to others within their family circle.
If you want to go to the next level and keep your child busy while learning and staying stimulated, consider purchasing the Ultra Baby Sign Language Kit which contains numerous resources inclusive of DVDs from the Baby Signing Times Collection a classic you don’t want to miss