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Signing With Babies And Children: Simple Baby Signing games

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Saturday, May 2, 2009

Simple Baby Signing games

Hannah signs "Bath"

Some mums in my classes have said that they don’t have time to sign with their children. They thought you’d have to set aside a chunk of time to intensively teach your child to sign every day!

I want to focus my next few blogs on simple signing games you can play during the every-day tasks you have to do like shopping, bathtime, meal time etc. These games are the ones I have played with my children and it helped making the signs fun and appealing – as well as encouraging interaction and repetition.

Today I start with a simple game for bathtime…where you can sign the words ‘All gone’, ‘ Again’, ‘where’, ‘Hat’.

Take whatever toy you have in the bath – this might be a boat or duck (great chance to show the baby the sign for boat or duck!).

Now put it on his/her head – great laughter and cheers from mom. Sign ‘Hat’ and say “You [Charlie/Emma etc] have a hat on”! It will of course fall off (= surprised look and say/sign “All gone! Where is the hat???”)

Find the toy and say “Shall we do that AGAIN?”

Repeat until your child gets bored or the bathwater goes cold!

I know it sounds like a simple game but its great fun for the babies!

I know it sounds like a simple game but its great fun for the babies!


Anonymous said...

Thank you for the creative games. This is great for my one year old and I to engage in together. I look forward to more game ideas to come! ^_^ Thank you again! She's going to go take a bath right now... we'll try it out^_^.

SignShine said...

I hear it so many times from parents: "we don't have time to sign". Thank you for offering great ideas for making it FUN and not a CHORE. This is what it is all about.

My Smart Hands said...

Great idea for a game, thank you for sharing! I look forward to reading more :-)