Signs

Here is our baby sign language / key word sign dictionary, click on the sub headings to see a picture and explanation of how to do the sign

Routine Signs

Mummy

Extend three middle fingers from fist, tap fingers on head twice

Daddy

With middle and pointer fingers extended on both hands, palms down, tap fingers together twice

Milk

Start with open hand in front of you, close hand as you bring it down, copy with other hand and repeat

Nappy

Thumbs on hips, tap first and middle finger to thumbs twice

Bath

Fists on chest, alternatively move hands up and down

Bed

Palms together, rest cheek on hands

Eat

Tips of thumb and fingers touching, bring fingers towards mouth

Drink

Hand in cupped shape, bring hand to mouth

Please

Fingers of flat hand starts on chin then moves forward and down whilst curling fingers into hand

Thank you

Fingers of flat hand starts on chin then moves forward and down in arc

Book

Palms together, open hands so palms face up and close again

Love

Both palms on chest over heart

Underwater

Ocean

Both palms facing down, one above other, move top hand out across body in a wavy motion

Bubble

Palm up, fingertips bunched, open fingers while lifting hand slightly

Fish

Palm facing you, move hand across body to opposite side in a side to side wavy motion

Seal

Wrists together at waist height, clap hands together twice

Turtle

Palms down, fingers forward, one hand on top, circle thumbs forward

Jellyfish

Hand across body fingers spread, bring hand across body, opening and closing fngers in a wavy motion

Shark

Flat hand facing you, fingers pointing up, move hand away from body in a large curvy motion

Octopus

Arms by sides, pointer fingers extended, draw large alternating circles

Dolphin

Palm facing you, move hand across body to opposite side in a up and down wavy motion

Whale

One hand across body, palm down, other hand behind in a fist, spread fingers lifting hand slightly

Penguin

Arms at your side, palms facing down, waddle body side to side

Swim

Palms down, fingers forward, make small outwards circles

Weather & Seasons

Spring

Flat hand facing you, thumb up, other hand behind with bunched fingers pointing upwards, open fingers while lifting hand

Summer

Fingertips on chin, bring fingers away from face twice

Autumn

Palms facing shoulders, wave hands forwards and back gently

Winter

Fists closed at shoulder height, shake fists in and out slightly

Wind

Palms facing shoulders, wave hands forwards and back vigorously

Rain

Fingers spread above head, bring hands down while wiggling fingers

Snow

Fingers spread in front of body, bring hands down slowly waving side to side while wiggling fingers

Cloud

Palms up fingers spread, thumbs near head, arc outwards

Lightning

Pointer finger to sky, come down in big zig zags

Thunder

Fingers spread, palms down, firmly bounce hands down and out

Sun

Fist high above head, spread fingers downwards

Weather

Palms facing forward and fingers slightly spread, at shoulder height, softly shake arms

Jungle

Jungle

One hand across body, other arm behind with baby finger pointing up, move arm across body while twisting wrist

Tree

One hand across body, palm down, other arm behind, fingers pointing up, wiggle fingers

Monkey

Clawed hands on waist move up and down sides as though scratching

Gorilla

Closed fists beat chest

Frog

Tap under chin twice with back of fingers

Snake

Closed fist on chin, move hand forward flicking out first and second fingers

Tiger

Claw alternate hands forward then claw one hand across body twice

Parrot

Hand in fist, tap tip of thumb and first finger together

Ant

One hand in fist, crawl first and second fingers of other hand down back of hand

Bat

Open hands, palms facing you, cross hands linking at thumbs and tap fingers

Bear

Clawed hands crossed on chest

Turtle

Palms down, fingers forward, one hand on top, circle thumbs forward

Food & Drink

Bowl

Cupped hands, palms up, touching at little fingers, bring knuckles up and out in an arc

Cup

Place cupped hand on open flat hand

Spoon

First and second fingers extended, draw circle up towards mouth

Water

With fingers near mouth, tap fingers on thumb twice

Apple

Cupped hand, palm facing mouth, twist hand so palm faces up

Pear

Place first and second finger near side of mouth and twist

Banana

Point first finger upwards, use other pinched thumb and finger to tap fingertip then wrist forward and back

Carrot

Bring fist slowly towards mouth

Yoghurt

Form circle with one hand, place other little finger in hole then bring hand upwards

Biscuit

Open hand, palm down, with other thumb draw circle on back of hand

Fruit

Fingertips of flat hand on chin, bring hand into fist and tap knuckles on chin

Vegetable

One hand closed fist, palm up, other hand closed fist thumb out, stroke thumb over other fingers towards you

Pets

Pet

Open hand, palm facing you, using other hand, stroke back of hand

Cat

Pointer fingers near nose, thumbs near chin, bring arms out as you close fingers to thumb

Dog

Flat hand pats thigh

Fish

Palm facing you, move hand across body to opposite side in a side to side wavy motion

Mouse

Hooked first finger near mouth, palm facing you, shake hand over mouth

Guineapig

One fist on top of other, thumbs upwards then move one fist near nose and draw a circle

Rabbit

With first and second fingers extended, place hands either side of head, bend fngers down twice

Bird

With first finger and thumb extended, tap frst finger on thumb

Chicken

Bring first finger to thumb then tap on other open hand twice

Horse

One hand flat, thumb up, fingers forward, on other hand extend first and second fingers, place finger on each side of hand and bounce forward

Tortoise

Palms down, fingers forward, one hand on top, circle thumbs forward

Duck

Tap all fingers on thumb

Birthday

Birthday

Hands beside waist, palms up, cross hands as you bring up in front of face then out again to end either side of head

Cake

Clawed hand taps back of other hand

Candle

First finger pointing up from fist, rest other palm on finger tip and wiggle open fingers

Present

First and second fingers on both hands circle each other then pull out

Friend

One hand around other fist, shake up and down

Party

Extend thumbs and little fingers, hold palms either side of head, shake hands forwards and back

Dance

First and second fingers spread and pointing down, gently shake side to side

Balloon

One fist on top of other near mouth, open hands outwards

Party hat

Hook first finger over thumb then tap that finger on side of forehead

Play

Open hands, palms up, bring hands up and out in circles

Jelly

Palms down, wiggle hands side to side

Ice cream

Thumb of fist near mouth, twist wrist towards you

Farm

Cow

Thumbs and little fingers extended, place thumbs on temples and move out and up in arcs

Sheep

Thumb and little finger extended, place little finger on cheek and brush back twice

Pig

Place fist in front of nose move in small circles

Chicken

Bring first finger to thumb then tap on other open hand twice

Farm

Flat hand, thumb on chest, move down in outward arc

Tractor

Flat hand, thumb on chest, move down in outward arc, then hold fists as though holding large steering move them left and right

Cat

Pointer fingers near nose, thumbs near chin, bring arms out as you close fingers to thumb

Dog

Flat hand pats thigh

Goat

Fist under chin, bring fist down then forward in small arc

Horse

One hand flat, thumb up, fingers forward, on other hand extended first and second fingers, place one finger each side on top of flat hand then bounce both hands in forward circles

Duck

Tap all fingers on thumb

Donkey

Flat hands on sides of head, alternately bend all fingers on each hand

Transport

Car

Hold and steer imaginary steering wheel

Plane

Thumb and little finger extended from fist, hand facing down ‘fly’ hand in upward arc

Boat

Fingertips of both hands touch, palms apart, move hands up and down moving forward

Train

Arm at side, elbow bent, hand in fist, circle fist forward

Helicopter

Pointer finger up, place other spread hand on top and wiggle left and right

Rocket

One hand across body, palm down, extend pointer finger from other hand, place on flat hand and move hand upwards

Ambulance

One hand across body, palm down, extend pointer and middle finger from other hand, rest on flat hand and move in small circles

Motorbike

Hold fists in front of you, tilt fists back and forward

Bus

Hold fists as though holding large steering move them left and right

Bicycle

Hook pointer finger on both hands, hold side by side then move in pedalling motion

Wheels

Pointer fingers extended, move hands in forward circles outlining shape of a wheel

Walk

Walk pointer and middle finger over palm of other hand

Park

Tree

One hand across body, palm down, rest other elbow on hand, fingers pointing up, wiggle fingers

Flower

Fingers touching thumb, place hand on opposite side of nose, move hand to other side of nose

Play

Palms up, hands at side, move simultaneously in large circles

Sun

Fist high above head, spread fingers downwards

Bee / flying insect

Form circle with first finger and thumb, bring hand upwards while moving side to side at the same time

Frog

Tap under chin twice with back of fingers

Butterfly

Palms facing you, cross arms and link thumbs, flap all fingers simultaneously

Caterpillar

Crawl pointer finger up other forearm

Bird

With first finger and thumb extended, tap first finger on thumb

Ant

One hand in fist, crawl first and second fingers of other hand down back of hand

Swing

Place fists on hips, swing arms forward and back simultaneously

Slide

Hold hand out palm down fingers bent, slide other hand over top of bend hand

Safari

Animal

Touch two middle fingers to thumb leaving others extended, move hand forward

Lion

Claw alternate hands forwards then place hands on head, bring hands down to shoulders while wiggling fingers

Elephant

Fist on nose, bring down and out

Giraffe

Place cupped hand at base of neck bring up and out

Cheetah / Leopard

Claw alternate hands forward then point at ‘spots’ on body

Rhino

Extend thumb and little finger from first, place thumb on nose and bring out in upward arc

Hippopotamus

Place cupped hands in front of ears, move both hands in large outward arcs until hands meet in front of face

Crocodile

Both hands clawed, fingertips of both hands touching, raise and lower top hand twice

Zebra

First and second finger in a V shape, draw two lines across body

Ostrich

Tips of thumb and fingers touching, hand out to the side of body, tip hand forward and backwards twice

Meerkat

Hands hanging in front of chest, move head quickly left and right twice

Wolf

Hand covering nose and mouth, move forward bringing thumb and fingertips together

Beach

Beach

Hold curved hands in front of you, palms down, move hands forwards while tilting downwards

Sun

Fist high above head, spread fingers downwards

Towel

Fists facing forward, at shoulder height, move left and right simultaneously

Ball

Clawed hands facing each other, move towards each other and out twice

Hat

Hook first finger over thumb then tap that finger on side of forehead

Sunscreen

Rub flat hand in circle on opposite arm

Bucket

Form circle with one hand, with other pointer finger draw an arch over the circle

Spade

Hands in fists, with first fingers hooked over thumbs on both hands, position hands as though holding a spade and ‘dig’

Crab

Extend first and second fingers in a V shape on both hands, close and open fingers twice on both hands simultaneously

Shell

Clawed hands together, one slightly overlapping other hand, twist dominant hand away while bunching fingers

Sand

Run your thumb along your fingertips starting with the little finger

Umbrella

One fist on top of the other, move top fist up

Australian Animals

Koala

Clawed hand over nose, twist 45 degrees then tap clawed hands crossed on chest

Kangaroo

Hang cupped hands down in front of you, bounce forward several times

Kookaburra

Thumb, first and second fingers extended, place thumb on chin and bounce hand forward twice

Echidna

Arm across body, hand in a fist, hide other hand with spread fingers behind fist, twist spread hand so fingers are revealed

Crocodile

Both hands clawed, fingertips of both hands touching, raise and lower top hand twice

Possum

Extend first finger, hook other first finger on it and swing it back and forth

Snake

Closed fist on chin, move hand forward flicking out first and second finger

Lizard

Closed fist in front of mouth, flick first finger from fist twice

Emu

Tips of thumb and fingers touching, hand out to the side of body, tip hand forward and backwards twice

Wombat

Claw first three fingers on each hand alternatively forward and back

Platypus

Hand at chest height, thumb held below extended fingers raise hand slightly

Spider

Crawl your hand up your other arm

Colours

Red

Pointer finger near lower lip, move in small circle

Orange

Near mouth clench and unclench your hand

Yellow

Thumb and pointer touching, place on temple, twist hand forward twice

Green

One arm in front, blade of other hand at wrist and move up arm to elbow

Blue

Middle finger on back of other hand, pointer finger forwards, twist hand until middle finger is upwards

Purple

Place first and second finger on palm of other hand, move in small circle

Pink

Hand facing forward, pointer finger on front of cheek, move back then down cheek

Brown

Place hand on back of other hand and move in a small circle

Black

Place fist on cheek and move forward

White

Thumb and pointer touching, place on neck, twist hand forward twice

Grey

Place flat hand on cheek, move in a circle

Rainbow

Arm across body, palm facing you, fingers slightly spread, move hand in large arc

Halloween

Halloween

Hang hands out in front of you, move slowly up and down

Spider

Crawl your hand up your other arm

Vampire

First and second fingers hooked, slightly parted, place fingertips on neck

Ghost

Hang hands out in front of you, move hands forward slowly

Bat

Open hands, palms facing out, cross hands linking at thumbs and flap fingers

Rat

Hooked first and second fingers near mouth, palm facing you, shake hand over mouth

Pumpkin

Fingertips together, hands slightly curved, move hands in outwards arcs until wrists meet

Owl

Draw circles around eyes with thumbs extended from fists

Monster

Hold one fist vertically, ‘hide’ other hand behind with first three fingers extended, quickly move hidden hand over fist

Skeleton

Place clawed hands at base of rib cage, move hands outwards

Treat / lolly / sweet

Pointer finger on cheek, twist hand forward and back twice

Witch

Place first finger on top of nose, and thumb underneath, bring out in arc pinching finger and thumb together

Return to top

Christmas

Christmas

Curved hand under chin, bring down and loop hand round once

Merry / Happy

Clap heel of palms together, moving upper hand in small circles

Sleigh

Hook first fingers, face hands towards body, elbows out in front, simultanously bring hands in large forward arcs with hands finishing at your sides

Present

First and second fingers on both hands circle each other then pull out

Elf

Arc first finger and thumb around base of ear, bring hand up pinching finger and thumb together

Reindeer

Spread hands, thumbs on temple, simultaneously bring hands out diagonally

Candy Cane

Point forward and outline the shape of a cane

Snow

Fingers spread above head, bring hands down slowly waving side to side while wiggling fingers

Christmas Tree

First, curved hand under chin, bring down and loop hand round once then place one hand across body, palm down, rest other elbow on hand, fingers pointing up, wiggle fingers

Bell

Shake closed hand as though ringing a bell

Angel

With first finger, outline halo over head

Snowman

First, spread fingers above head, bring hands down slowly waving side to side while wiggling fingers then place fist on chin, bring fist down

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