To sign happy, take your open hand (or both hands) and brush up your chest a couple of times. The sign for happy is very similar to the sign for excited, but the difference is that with excited, your hands take turns touching either side of your chest and only the middle fingers brush against your chest. With happy, both open hands tend to touch the chest at the same time.

However, to simplify things for your baby, you can start out by choosing just one of those two signs, and use it for both emotions.



Teach your baby the sign for happy by making the sign whenever your baby is visibly happy or excited. Remember, when making the sign for happy, it is important to emote happiness.


Flash Card

Remember, emotional signs like happy have to be presented with emotion. So when you do the happy sign, make sure that you project happiness.


6 Responses to “Happy”

  1. MsK8SLP

    Hi, can you please clarify what is the difference between baby signs and ASL. As a speech teacher, I work with some non verbal children and I am not sure whether I should be teaching them the baby sign version you demonstrate or the sign which is one handed over the heart.

    ADMIN – Hi,

    Baby signs are modified to be aligned with the motor skills of little ones. They are rooted on ASL so a child can potentially transition into full ASL.

  2. Margrete Kjeldsberg

    So, like if you smell something good from a cookpot and try to get a good waft of it.

  3. Lilly Stewart

    It would be really great if I could get these kits in Spanish or Portuguese, do you have them?

    ADMIN – Hi Lilly,

    I am afraid we don’t have these kits available in anything except English.

  4. lynn

    Hello, Do you have these kits in french ? Thanks , Lynn

    ADMIN – Hi Lynn,

    Afraid we do not have the kits in French, only English. You may be able to get French signing resources locally from your local deaf association.


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