Video: Dirt in Baby Sign Language

Signing: To sign dirt, place your hand under your chin and wiggle your fingers.

Dirt in Baby Sign Language
Figure: Dirt in Baby Sign Language

Usage: Take baby outside and let her experience some dirt, and make the sign. After a few times of playing in the dirt, baby will learn to make the association to the sign. As baby grows older, you can extend this understanding and talk about plants growing in the dirt, and ants living in the dirt.

Dirt Flash Card Thumbnail

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

Related Signs: Outside, Plant

5 Responses to “Dirt”

  1. Karen

    I would like to know how to differentiate between dirt and dirty (as in unclean)
    I think doing the dirt sign could be confusing. For example, I want LO to stay away from things that are dirty (garbage bin, toilet) but I want her to happily play in the dirt.

    Is there a different sign for dirt? Or a different sign for unclean?

    Hi Karen,

    The sign that you want to use for soil is done by moving both hands in a downward motion with fingers together as if you are playing with dirt.

  2. Carolyn

    So, what’s the sign for bowl?

    ADMIN – Hi Carolyn,

    Please refer to our dictionary where we have a video of the sign for bowl.

  3. Tamara

    Would you use this sign to say a dish is dirty? Like dirty dishes as opposed to clean dishes in the dishwasher? My 16 month old wants to be helpful in the kitchen, so I’m trying to teach her when she can take the dishes out and when she shouldn’t.

    ADMIN – Hi Tamara,

    We combine the sign for dirty with the sign for bowl.

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