Sign Language Animations: 6 Food Words

Baby Sign Language: First Foods
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 words about food and eating.

Meal time will no longer be a guessing game with these signs. Special thanks to Melissa van Wijk, Founder of Signing Up (SigningUpLLC).


1. Hold your hand up to your mouth as if you were drinking from a glass.

2. Tilt head back, as if taking a sip.


1. Squeeze the tips of your fingers together to form a point, and place that hand in front of pursed lips.

2. Bring your hand away from your mouth, then back to it.

Use these signs to figure out what your baby does—and doesn't—like to eat.


1. Place your hands, palms touching, in front of you.

2. With heels of palms touching, rotate your hands back and forth.


1. Put one hand in front of you, palm facing up.

2. Cup your other hand and place your fingertips on top of the other palm.

3. Rotate your hand back and forth.


1. Cup one hand, palm facing up, in front of you.

2. Using the pointer and middle fingers of your other hand, pretend to scoop out of your cupped hand.


1. Make your hand into a fist, keeping the knuckle of your pointer finger extended a little farther than the other fingers.

2. Place that hand on your cheek near your mouth and rotate that hand back and forth.

What does your baby want for breakfast? Let him tell you with baby sign language!

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