Reduce Toddler Frustration by Teaching Sign Language. Part 2: Things

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Ideas for using milk in sign language during daily routines

  • Daily Activities: drink milk during snacks and meals.

  • Play: pretend play with dolls, stuffed animals, puppets, plastic animals, favorite characters.

  • Books: find pictures of people and animals drinking milk.

  • Comment when you see people drinking on TV or in movies.


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Ideas for using "ball" in sign language during daily routines

  • Play: roll, bounce, throw, kick and pass a ball back and forth.

  • Play: comment on toys with balls ex. ball and hammer, ball poppers etc.

  • Play: make balls out of play dough.

  • Books: look for pictures of balls in books.

  • Going Out: play with a ball at the park.


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Ideas for using "bubbles" in sign language during daily activities

  • Daily Activities: playing with bubbles in the bathtub.

  • Play: blow bubbles and pop, stomp and clap them.

  • Daily Activities: talk about bubbles when washing hands.

  • Life Skills: make bubbles in the sink and wash dishes together.

  • Going Out: watch the bubbles as you go through a car wash.


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Ideas for using "apple" in sign language during daily routines

  • Daily Activities: eat apples during snacks and meals.

  • Play: have dolls, stuffed animals, puppets, plastic animals, favorite characters eat apples during play.

  • Life Skills: point to apples on packages when putting away groceries.

  • Books: read books with apples. Going Out: find the apples in the grocery store.


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Ideas for using "book" in sign language during daily routines

  • Daily Activities: make reading books part of your bedtime routine.

  • Life Skills: put books away during clean up.

  • Life Skills: follow directions, ex. “Get the book”.

  • Going Out: visit the library.