Baby sign language is a great way of communicating with your baby and having fun. Babies and children learn a lot quicker when they are having fun, so why not try playing some baby signing games with your baby or toddler? Read on for some great signing games to play with your baby…
Animal Sign Game
This fun signing game is a great way to teach your baby the signs for different animals. First you make the sign for an animal (cat, dog, cow, sheep, etc), then you and your baby make the animal’s sound and then make the sign together. For walking/crawling babies, this can be accompanied by moving around the room like the animal.
Another fun alternative to this game is to use Baby Sign Language Flash Cards. You show the animal flash card to your baby and they have to make the sign for it. Then you both pretend to be the animal. Other great animals for this game are rabbits, fish, camels, snakes and elephants.
Baby Signing Bingo
This signing version of bingo needs a bit of preparation but is great fun for older babies and toddlers. You will need to prepare some bingo sheets with either random numbers, letters or pictures of objects, depending on the age and signing ability of your baby.
Explain the rules—that you will sign the number, letter or picture and if they have the same on their bingo sheet they must cross it off with a big marker or dabber. When all the pictures on their sheet have been crossed off they shout bingo—using Baby Sign Language, of course. Be sure to have some bingo prizes ready.
Signing Guess Who?
This is a version of Guess Who? that is perfect for Baby Signing because all the people to be guessed are members of your own family. Again, this game needs a bit of preparation but is great fun and a really cool way of learning the signs for family members.
Collect photographs of all the members of your family—Daddy, Grandma, Grandpa, Aunts, Uncles, etc. Put a small piece of low-tack tape to the back of each one.
How to play the game: Place the photos face-up on a table. Now you have to make the sign for one of the people while pretending to be them—talking or walking like them, for example. Your child has to ‘Guess Who?’ and point to the photo.
Shopping List Game
This is a great game to play with your baby when shopping becomes a chore. Simply ask her to go find an item on your shopping list using the sign for it. If your baby is younger you can ask her to point.
This is great with more than one child—you can keep score of who gets the most items correct, with a prize at the end of the shopping trip. For safety, it’s best to restrict the items to one isle at a time so you can keep an eye on your children at all times.
What Baby Signing Games do you play with your baby or toddler?
Mother to a 2 year old, and now pregnant with twins, Misty Weaver is the editor-in-chief for Baby Sign Language, a new site that has lots of helpful information on how parents can teach their kids Baby Sign Language. Baby Sign Language is a cool way for parents to communicate with their children before their children can actually speak. It has been shown to boost development as well. The site is full of free resources including free videos, free flash cards and free tutorials.