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Surprise

To sign surprise, you must place both hands parallel to your eyes with index and thumb touching. Pull both hands away while opening fingers and making a facial expression of surprise.

This is very similar to the sign for wake up, but the index finger and thumb are located a bit further off with surprise, instead of directly under the eyes with thewake up sign.

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Developing emotional expression is very important. When you teach this sign, make sure your face is highly expressive. Because “surprise” is a complex emotion, this sign is best suited for toddlers who are expanding their vocabulary.

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Teach your baby or toddler the surprise sign when you present them with a gift, a yummy treat, or a spectacular view when you stop briefly during a road trip. They will eventually catch on to the idea that surprises are given by people but also presented in the unexpected beauty of nature.

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