Teaching Toddlers Thankfulness Using Baby Sign Language

Regardless of your parenting style we can all agree that manners do matter and are often the key to successful social interactions. We all want to raise pleasant well integrated kiddos whose heart is always in the right place. With this in mind we are all looking for ways to effectively teach abstracts like gratitude, empathy and cordiality.

Thankfulness Is Not a Basic Need

When we teach baby sign language we do it with the main goal of equipping our babies to convey basic needs. It is all about empowerment and making the pre-verbal stage more bearable. The first baby signs that you teach your baby should always be associated to primary needs. Go for the basics and work on those signs until your baby masters them. Once you have a basic foundation you can move to the next stage of learning and begin incorporating abstracts.

Manners Are Best Taught Through Imitation & Repetition

Teaching our babies about thankfulness is all about us. From birth we can instill a culture of gratitude by consistently thanking our baby for appropriate behaviors and thanking others when our baby is watching. Thank your older child for fetching a bottle or a diaper using a sign combined with words and always making sure your voice is full of positivism. Consistent gratitude is contagious. Pass it on!

Use The Signs for Please & Thank You During Meals

Mealtime is a fantastic setting to learn thankfulness. Let your toddler help out and thank him for his helpfulness. Sign please when appropriate and use your thank you sign every time an opportunity arises.

Introduce Thankfulness During Story Time

There are many wonderful books suitable for the first years that tackle manners through storytelling. Babies love to participate in interactive reading. Invite your baby to sign please and thank you when appropriate as your read a story or a poem about gratitude.

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Teach Your Baby Thankful Tunes

Pick a well known thank you song or invent your own. Singing is a great way to trigger recall and it helps in forming habits that embrace gratitude. We have a thank you song we sing to grandparents and one we use during our evening prayers.

Teaching your baby manners is a habit he will cherish for life. Get started today. To download your free Thank You baby sign language flash card click here.

Christmas Time Baby Sign Language

We love everything about the holidays and we hope you do too. With a little less than three weeks to go before Christmas we wanted to share with you a few baby sign language Christmas themed signs. We hope to have a great time teaching your toddler seasonally relevant signs. If you have not yet purchased the Ultra Baby Sign Language Kit, a fantastic value for under $120. Consider it as a great option for the holidays. We have also added several different kits featuring the beloved Babblarna collection and others with the most adorable baby toys you have ever seen. You can check them out in our store. Every parent that has used our resources is amazed at how each of our teaching tools can have an impact for the first 5 years of your kid’s life.

Best Christmas Gifts for Toddlers Baby Sign Language Kit

We hope your holiday season is full of snuggles, hugs and lots of opportunities to introduce your baby to new and wonderful things. These flashcards are not available in our directory and you can only find them on this post. Please share these awesome Christmas baby sign language with your friends.

Bell

Bell Baby Sign Language Flash Card

Bell Printable Flash Card

Why not incorporate this sign in song by teaching baby to sing Jingle Bells.

Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree Baby Sign Language Flash Card

Christmas Tree Printable Flash Card

In our house we decorate the tree with child-safe ornaments in the bottom half and heirlooms on the top. Why not spend a little time making ornaments with your toddler and capturing this very special season in life.

Cookie

Cookie Baby Sign Language Flash Card

Cookie Printable Flash Card

Will you be baking for Santa? There are many recipes simple enough to let your toddler help. Consider no-bake cookies or rice crispy treats as an option for hands-on participation of everyone in your family.

Elf

Elf Baby Sign Language Flash Card

Elf Printable Flash Card

We can’t wait for our little ones to be old enough for us to do Elf on the Shelf. If you plan to do it we would love it if you share your pics with us on our Baby Sign Language Facebook page.

Jesus

Jesus Baby Sign Language Flash Card

Jesus Printable Flash Card

Many churches incorporate sign language to praise and worship. By teaching baby sign language you give your little one a head start.

Gift

Gift Christmas Baby Sign Language

Gift Printable Flash Card

Perhaps the most magical part of Christmas for our little ones. Why not make colorful gift wrap by allowing them to walk on kraft paper while stepping on green and red tempera paint.

Ornament

Ornament Christmas Baby Sign LanguageOrnament Printable Flash Card

Want to encourage signing during the holidays? Why not print all of the holiday cards and do decoupage ornaments using your flash cards. This is a great way to be reminded to sign.

Santa Claus

santa-claus Christmas Baby Sign Language

Santa Claus Printable Flash Card

We totally love the magic that surrounds everything Santa. If you are planning on a visit to The Mall for pictures begin introducing baby early to photos and videos to avoid   a situation where baby is intimidated by Santa

Snowflake

snowflake Christmas Baby Sign Language

Snowflake Printable Flash Card

If your toddler has the opportunity to see snow for the first time don’t miss out on this sign. When your little one is about to turn three he or she will be mature and attentive enough to see the shape in a snowflake.

Snowman

snowman Christmas Baby Sign Language

Snowman Printable Flash Card

If there is no snow where you live consider a craft using marshmallows to show your toddler how to make miniature snowman.

Stocking

stocking Christmas Baby Sign Language

Stocking Printable Flash Card

We love this tradition and we hope you do too. We also have a great deal of fun with advent calendars. We customize ours with different objects available in our baby sign language dictionary and we learn to sign a sign per day. Our signs include star, donkey, sheep, baby, mom & dad.

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Really Fun Toddler Activities & Signs to Kick Off The Fall Season

Fall is a lovely season. It is a time of change and discovery lending all of us opportunities for learning and engaging with our little ones outdoors and indoors. If you are fortunate enough to have a toddler who is transitioning from non-verbal to verbal communication join us as we explore a few games, activities and signs that capture the very heart of the season.

Dressing Up For Fall

 

Fall Dress

Say goodbye to swimming trunks, sunglasses & shorts and get ready to teach your baby new and wonderful signs that will empower her to seek comfort and warmth as needed. When you are ready to show your toddler new clothing suitable for the season make sure you prioritize comfort and fit. I remember our little one using the sign for hurt the first time she tried on a pair of hand-me-down boots.

Activity

If your toddler is ready this is a great time to work on motor skills teaching him tasks such as zipper up and zipper down, button up and button down as well as put on and take off with clothing items such as jackets, scarfs and hats. This is also the perfect season to learn to wipe our boots or shoes before going inside. Learning this skill early will set the stage for a neat and successful winter.

Signs

Among others, here are a few signs we can learn as we explore warmer clothing for the season.

Sweater

To sign sweater hands move down from chest to waist at the same time as if in putting on a sweater.

Coat

To make the baby sign for coat take both hands and make them into fists with thumbs up. Move the two fists up and down in front of the chest.

Scarf

To sign scarf  your hands will make the motion that mimics tying a scarf around your neck with a single knot.

Gloves

To sign gloves brush your fingers on your dominant hand, over your non-dominant hand. Then do the reverse, running the fingers of your non-dominant hand over the fingers of your dominant hand. The sign resembles someone putting on a pair of gloves.

Boots

To sign boots you start by doing the sign for shoes, taking two closed fists and bumping them together. Then you open your strong hand and touch it on the inside of your weak arm’s elbow – as if to show that the boots come up high on your arm.

Discovering the Great Outdoors

Fall Dress

This is perhaps the most beautiful part of the season. Observing change, learning about nature and discovering celebrations that will be the foundation of cherished memories.

Activity

Our favorite toddler-friendly activity is also the simplest and most accessible to all of us. Walk outdoors and collect the gifts of nature. You can use leaves and seeds to create simple crafts and take the opportunity to teach your baby how to sign and say words relevant to the season. We love to make little collages using glue, paper and bits of nature.

Signs

Leaf

The leaf sign looks a lot like a leaf hanging from a branch, waving in a gentle breeze. Your weak hand acts like the branch. You point the index finger on your weak hand and make your other fingers into a fist.

Seed

To sign seed use your dominant hand with all fingers pointed downward. Grab an imaginary seed and open and close your hand as in dropping seeds.

Rain

To sign rain, open up both hands, and starting with your hands above your head and bring them down. Your fingers are like the raindrops drifting down.

Stick

To sign stick both hands meet together at the center making two circles with thumb and index as if in holding a stick. Pull your hands out and away from your body.

Park

The sign for park is achieved by combining the sign for grass with the sign for area or space.

Celebrating The Holidays

Fall Dress

This season lends us two magical opportunities for family and fun. Thanksgiving and Halloween are among the most memorable childhood holidays. Embrace the season and get busy teaching your little one family traditions and games that will stay in their hearts forever.

Activity

There are so many seasonal activities related to the holidays we would not know where to start. We love making homemade candy and cookies and allowing our toddlers to do simple sprinkle-based decorations. We also set time aside to make turkey or pilgrim and native hats.

Signs

Turkey

The sign for Turkey looks like outlining the wattles on a turkey. Taking the index finger and thumb pointing down, move your hand from your chin down to your chest.

Pumpkin

To sign pumpkin  your non-dominant hand goes  into a fist and flicking it with your forefinger on your dominant hand. The sign is like you are testing the surface of pumpkin to make sure it is good.

Candy

To sign candy take your index finger and touching it to the back of your jaw. Twist the finger back-and-forth.

Halloween

To sign halloween cover your face with both hands palms slightly curved and uncover your face right away as in playing peek-a-boo.

Ghost

To sign ghost have both hands meet with index and thumb, move the upper or dominant hand upwards while waving slightly as if a genie was coming out of a bottle. Your non-dominant hand remains still.

 

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Our Favorite Baby Board Books for Halloween & Some Baby Signs

We can’t wait for Halloween. For many many friends this will be the first Halloween their baby or toddler will have the opportunity to dress up and participate in Trick-0-treating and many other fun family activities. If you are going to stop by the bookstore or library consider these fun baby books. We have many baby sign language flashcards you can combine as you read-along together. Before we get started let’s print a few Halloween-themed baby signs you might want to start learning:

Halloween

Candy

Bat

Pumpkin

Costume

Ghost

Monster

Chocolate

Afraid

Biscuit Visits The Pumpkin Patch

Halloween Books for Babies

 

Favorite Baby Signs

Dog

Cat

Where is Baby’s Pumpkin

Where Is Baby's Pumpkin

 

Favorite signs:

Leaf

Pumpkin

Baby

Apple

Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin

Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin

Favorite signs

Duck

Tree

Water

 

We hope you enjoy these books as much as we have enjoyed them with our little ones. If you are interested in signing as you read consider getting the Ultra Baby Sign Language Kit. This fantastic signing kit includes 4 Signing Time DVDs as well as four beautiful signing board books. Time to Eat, Good Night Alex and Leah, What Do You See Outside & Will You Be My Friend.

Have a happy & safe Halloween!

 

Beyond Communication – How Teaching Your Baby How To Sign Sets The Stage For Learning

Is it a gimmick? Are you wasting your time? We would not be surprised if you are asking yourself these questions as it relates to teaching your little how to sign or any other pre-verbal life skill. When it comes to the first 12 months of their lives there is plenty to do in terms of care-giving exposure and learning and trying to parse what needs to be prioritized can be tricky.

What Your Baby Will Learn From Signing 

  • Your baby will learn that communication, verbal or gestural equips us to have our needs met.

  • Your baby will learn to engage in visual focus.

  • Your baby will learn to engage with others.

  • Your baby will improve his motor skills.

  • Your baby will learn to better express needs and emotions

  • Your baby will learn paths of engagement

All of the skills learned through the process of learning how to use baby sign language will transfer to every aspect of learning. As your toddler enters daycare he will be equipped to convey immediate needs without frustration and will seek out engagement with ease.