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Signs for Eat and Drink

Whether it is having the little ones express their needs or teaching them something new, sign language is an effective way to help children communicate. This activity teaches the essential signs of eating and drinking.

Introduce the signs for drink and eat!

Signing can build vocabulary and enhance social interaction for children.

Before children learn to speak, it can be difficult to communicate with them. Teaching a basic sign language such as "eating" and "drinking" can offer a way to help them express emotions and needs. It may also promote bonding and early development. For older children, this is a great way to learn new forms of communication and developing fine motor skills.


For this developmental activity you will need:

Eat and drink sign language cards

Bottles of milk or formula


Learning Outcomes


Cognitive, Language


Receptive & Expressive Language, Comprehension


Children will learn the signs for “eat” and “drink”.


Step 1:

Review the signs for “eat” and “drink” with the children. 

Step 2:

Show the the children how to form their hands and say the words together.

Step 3:

Show the children a bottle and a piece of food.  Model the signs and encourage the children to participate.

Step 4:

Conclude the activity by providing the children with something to drink (bottle) and something to eat.  Review the signs as the children partake of their snack and continue to review the signs each time the children eat or drink.

Activity Author

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Yasmeen Kamrani Sallam| Early Childhood Educator and Administrator

Meet Yasmeen Kamrani Sallam. Yasmeen is the Administrator of three preschools in Alameda, CA. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus on Human Resources & Marketing, a minor in Human Development specializing in Early Childhood Education, as well as a Master of Science in Early Childhood Education. She has over 20 years of combined experience in the classroom and administration. She believes children thrive in an environment filled with intention, beauty, curiosity, and wonder. Yasmeen's goal is to provide resources to empower educators, parents, and anyone for all things Early Childhood.

Playful questions

When you want a milk what sign do you make?

When you are hungry what sign do you make?

If you are thirsty and hungry what do you do?

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