Sign Language Animations: 11 Words About Everyday Items

Why teach children sign language? It helps babies learn to communicate before they can talk, and teaches kids to appreciate a language used by some of the deaf community. Start with these easy signs for everyday items.

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Bed

Bed

Tilting your head to the side with your eyes closed, lay your cheek against the palm of your hand.

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Blanket

Blanket

Pull both hands up from waist to end with both of your fists clutching in front of you, to mimic the motion of pulling up a blanket.

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Diaper

Diaper

1. With your hands at your side, extend your pointer and middle fingers, tucking in the rest of your fingers.

2. Tap your extended fingers against your thighs.

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Music

Music

1. Extend one arm.

2. With your palm facing your bicep and forearm, sweep your opposite hand along your arm in an arc.

3. Continue sweeping your hand until it reaches your palm, then sweep it in the other direction.

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Baby Sign Language: Key Phrases

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Book

Book

1. Hold both palms together in front of you.

2. Using the inside edges of your palms as a hinge, tilt your hands open so your palms face up.

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Doll

Doll

1. In front of your nose, curl your pointer finger in and tuck in the rest of the fingers on that hand.

2. Tilt your head down, allowing the hand to follow.

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Balloon

Balloon

1. Curl your fingers to touch and arrange your hands, one on top of the other, in front of your mouth. Position your hands and head so they're tilted upward.

2. Expand your hands as if holding on to an inflated balloon.

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Hat

Hat

Place a hand flat on top of your head, then raise and lower it.

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Jacket

Jacket

1. Clutch both hands into fist in front of your shoulders.

2. Mimicking the motion of putting on a jacket, bring your hands in front of your chest.

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Swing

Swing

1. Curl the pointer and middle fingers of one hand around the pointer and middle fingers of the opposite hand. Keep both hands close to your chest.

2. Still holding those fingers, sweep both hands back and forth in an arc in front of you.

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Pacifier

Pacifier

Form your index finger into a hook and place in front of your mouth.

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Baby Sign Language: Daily Routine Signs

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