Video: Animal in Baby Sign Language

Signing: For animal, hold the tips of your fingers on your chest and flap your arms like a bird. When children learn they will tend to simplify this to just flapping, often with a clenched fist instead of an open hand.

Animal in Baby Sign Language
Figure: Animal in Baby Sign Language

Usage: The animal baby sign makes a great accompaniment to books or tips to the zoo. I will often follow up the animal sign, with the word and sign for the specific animal. “Look at the animal over there honey. That is an alligator.”

Animal Flash Card Thumbnail

Flash Card: Click the link to view the Animal Baby Sign Language Flash Card. The flash cards are printable and available in both U.S. Letter and A4 sizes.

Related Signs:

Bear, Cow, Bird


One Response to “Animal”

  1. hamad

    I am a teacher deaf children. Can I apply this approach to deaf children in kindergarten? Do you allow me to translate the curriculum into Arabic?

    ADMIN – Hi Hamad,

    You can use the same approach for deaf children. One thing to note, with deaf children it is just as important to say the word so they get used to seeing the way your lips move. We would be pleased to see you translate it into Arabic.


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