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Infant: Signs for Wants and Needs

Use sign language to help infants and toddler communicate their wants and needs through gestures.

Use sign language to communicate needs!

Sign Language Cards and books are a great resource for using signs with Infant and Toddlers. Using sign language with little ones is a useful tool for supporting them in communicating their wants and needs and further developing their language.  

The more ways we provide children with tools of communicating the easier it is for them to get their needs fulfilled.

Materials

For this developmental activity you will need:

Sign Language Cards: 

Baby Sign Language Flash Cards by Monta Z. Briant 

Books: 

Baby Sings by Joy Allen

My First Book of Baby Signs by Lane Rebelo 

My First Signs by Annie Kubler

Website: 

babysignlanguage.com

Learning Outcomes

Domain

Language

Skills

Receptive Language (Listening), Expressive Language (Speaking), Gestures

Indicators:

Using gestures to enhance receptive and expressive language.

Instructions

Step 1:

Read and Demonstrate Cards or Books to children. 

Step 2:

Continue to model throughout the day. 

Step 3:

Repeat.

Playful Questions

How do you sign Mama? Daddy?

How do you sign? Drink? Water? Milk?

How do you sign? Eat? Cracker? More? 

How do you sign diaper?

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