Animated Video of Sign Language Movement for Water
Bring hand with three fingers up to the edge of mouth. (In American Sign Language, three fingers is the letter "W" for "water".) Use this sign when the child is in the bath or pool; while walking next to a lake; or to ask the child if he/she would like some water.
Related Signs
Airplane : When your child sees an airplane; When your child hears an airplane flying above them; While reading picture books together. (Remember to pair the sound an airplane makes while signing "airplane".)
Asleep : Bedtime - naptime.
Apple : When a child requests an apple; When giving child an apple; When grocery shopping in produce; When child sees an apple.
Ball : Use this sign while playing ball with child. Ask the child, "Do you want to play ball?" while signing.
Balloon : Children love balloons! Point them out at birthday parties or while grocery shopping. This is a sign your little one will surely pick up!
Banana : Use this sign prior to giving child a banana. Ask the child to sign when requesting a banana. Ask what a monkey eats.
Blanket : At bedtime; In naming blankie
Blocks : Playing with blocks.
Book : While asking child if he/she would like to read a book; Ask child to bring his/her favorite book to you to read.
Change : While changing diaper. (May find it helpful to pair this sign with the "potty" sign as the child matures.)
Clean : Cleaning after playtime or when washing hands
Clean (alternative) : When it is time for the child to put away toys. To tell the child that you are cleaning.
Climb : When playtime involves climbing
Cloud : When exporing environment together.
Coat : While preparing child to go outside you might ask, "What do we need to go outside?" and model "shoes" and "coat".
Computer : While playing on the computer.
Cook : At dinner time when someone is cooking
Dance : Use this sign whenever child dances. If child pulls you toward him/her and wants you to dance ask, "Do you want to dance with Mommy?" while signing. You may also want to teach the sign for "music" which is the same gesture, but instead of the index finger and middle finger open, all of the fingers are open and close together (ie. palm waving over arm.)
Dance : To play or put on a show to have fun
Dog : When child sees a dog; While taking a walk and child hears a dog barking; While reading picture books together. This may be a difficult sign for children. You may find it helpful to make up your own sign signifying a dog tail wagging or tongue panting. (Remember to pair animal sound with gesture in order to add interest.)
Dress- Up : For playing with dress- up clothes
Drink : When child requests a drink; While asking the child if he/she is thirsty.
Eat : Use this sign to ask child if he/she is hungry and wants to eat. Use it consistently just before offering food to child so child will link the concept to the sign and be able to request something to eat in the future.
Fast : When introducing opposites like fast vs. slow.
Finished : During mealtime, use sign to ask child if they are finished eating. During bathtime, use to ask child if they are ready to get out of tub. Same as "All Done."
Flower : When child sees a flower; While reading picture books together. (Remember to pair the sound of sniffing with the sign "flower" in order to add interest. The child may prefer to sniff rather than sign "flower". Always follow your his/her lead.)
Gift : You can tell them that they are getting a gift or they can tell you.
Glue : They will ask for glue to make an arts and crafts
Glue : They will ask for glue to make an arts and crafts
Go : To tell the child to go or to do the sign when you are in the car and the light turns green
Goodbye : This is one of the earliest signs that a non-signing child masters, however this is not the extent of their capabilities. Use this sign when entering or leaving an area while saying "hi" or "bye".
Grass : When exploring outside.
Hat : Use this sign when putting hat on child before going outside. This is a sign that can be mastered at an early age. The sign "hat" may be used interchangeably with the word "head" when labeling body parts.
Hear : To sign all of their sences and if you read a book they miht sign hear to talk louder
Hello : To say hello to someone coming in or coming
Help Me : Use this sign whenever a child appears to be frustrated by the inability to accomplish a task. Sign "Help Me" and provide assistance. This is a great frustration reducer to use when the child reaches walking age.
Help Me (Alternative) : This is an alternative to American Sign Language that has been used by many infants. It is easier to master this sign than the traditional version.
Hide : To play hide and go seek and they sign hide because they want to hide
Hop : To race hopping or to hop to a place
Kiss : If the child wants a kiss or wants to give you one then they will sign this
Lights Off : When the lights go off the child might sign this
Moon : They might sign moon if they want to look at the moon before bedtime
More : For eating, playing and many other circumstances. This is a very important sign and will often avoid outbursts of frustration by your child.
Music : To play music or is telling you that they want to
No : Use this sign to get his/her attention. You may find that the child responds quicker to the word "no" when it is accompanied by the sign. This is commonly used if the parent/caregiver is on the telephone and unable to verbally reprimand child or in social situations where the parent wants to stop the child but does not want to embarass child in front of others.
No Touch : Use this sign whenever it is unsafe for a child to touch something (ie. light socket, stove, scissors.)
Painting : To tell you that they want to paint
Paper : If they want paper to color on
Picnic : If the child wants to have a picnic
Pumpkin : When the child sees a pumpkin the child might sign pumpkin because they want one
Puzzle : If the child wants to play with a puzzle and cant find one they might sign puzzle
Read : If the child wants to read a book
Ride : If the child wants to ride their bike or in the car
Shoes : Use this sign when referring to shoes. You may find it helpful to ask the child, "What do we need before we go outside? Shoes!" The child may sign shoes whenever he/she wants to play outside and is less likely to fuss because he/she will understand that shoes must be on before leaving.
Sit : At the dinner table or in a resturant
Socks : Use this sign when putting shoes and socks on child.
Stand : To encourage to stand when a baby
Stars : To look at the stars or learning about stars
Stop : To stop running or doing anything
Sun : If you go and watch the sun set
Swim : To go in the pool
Swing : Use this sign to ask child if he/she wants to swing. This sign may also be used for "rock" when the child wants to sit in a rocking chair.
Telephone : Use this sign when pretending to talk on the phone. You may want to say "Daddy is on the phone", while handing a pretend phone to child. If child hears the phone ring, sign "telephone" in order to label that sound.
Toothbrush : At bedtime when it is time to brush teeth. You may want to teach the signs "bath", "book", "brush teeth", "potty" and "bed" so that it becomes part of the nightly routine and is something the child can participate in.
Towel : They need one to get out of the bath
Water : Use this sign when the child is in the bath or pool; while walking next to a lake; or to ask the child if he/she would like some water.
Water : Use this sign when the child is in the bath or pool; while walking next to a lake; or to ask the child if he/she would like some water.