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Let’s learn some Christmas sign language with your kids!

red how to sign Christmas book front cover for learning Christmas sign language

Last year I interviewed Joe, the mastermind, and creator behind Terry the Monkey who creates sign language drawings, graphics and eBooks to help make sign language more accessible to kids and it is my pleasure to introduce some festive sign language fun!

Revisit the interview here: Sign Language With Terry the Monkey

As someone who is hearing impaired I wish I had learned sign language when I was a child to not only help communicate now I am older but to get my voice across then. Luckily there are a lot more resources available now and I enjoy teaching my kids little bits here and there so that we can engage and have fun together (because honestly, I am terrible at retaining any other languages!) With the festive season around the corner, here is a cool way you can do something different this Christmas, and perhaps you can communicate a little with someone who is deaf or hard of hearing around the holidays!

6 Christmas Signs You Need To Know

Joe has shared some of Terry’s signs with us today so you can make a start! Here are some of the Christmas sign language essentials:


The sign language demonstration for signing Christmas

Sign Christmas by using your right hand to brush down across the back of your left hand. Then lift and close your right hand back onto the back of your left hand.

2. Christmas Tree

Terry the Monkey signing Christmas tree

Create a palm-inwards triangle in front of your face with your hands and then mimic the downwards zigzagging motion as if you were drawing a cartoon Christmas tree in mid-air.

3. DecorationsTerry the Monkey signing decorations

Bunch your fingers together and at head height, move your hands away in small arcs.

4. Reindeer

TErry the Monkey signing reindeer

Use your thumbs with open, faced out palms on the top of your head as antlers and then move them forward and apart as if tracing the antlers from your body.

5. Snow

Terry the Monkey making the sign for snow

Hold your hands up, palms away from you, wiggle your fingers and drag your hands downwards to simulate snow.

6. Presents

Terry the Monkey signing Presents

Hold your hands together, palms up and move them forward together as if giving a gift.

Sign Language Stocking Filler

In Joe’s new book where Terry the Monkey teaches a lot more Christmas signs

What’s in the book?

Easy to follow instructions and illustrations from snowman to sleigh, donkey, dinner and elf (plus loads more) of Christmas related signs

Where can you get it?

You can purchase the How To Sign Christmas book as a paperback here: (aff*)

How To Sign Christmas with Terry the Monkey

Other sign language books you can buy(aff*): 

For regular signing updates and images that you can teach your kids, check out Terry the Monkey on social media:

Follow Terry the Monkey

Instagram: @officialterrythemonkey and @signlanguageforchildren

YouTube: terrythemonkeytv


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18 comments on “Learning Christmas Sign Language With Terry the Monkey”

  1. That was fun to try. I shared it with my daughter and we had a ball trying these signs out in real time. Merry Christmas.

  2. I think it’s important for us all to learn sign language (esp as a young kids, because we pick it up more easily the younger we are!) My kids are learning sign language in school as I did and it’s nice to have a refresher course with them… love the monkey idea to help learn it! thanks!

  3. I just love Terry the Monkey and his fun way of teaching kids sign language! When my son was in grade school there was a student who was deaf and therefore a lot of the kids picked up enough sign language to be able to communicate with him. Even though my son is in his twenties now, it’s something that’s stayed with him and to this day, he still talks with is hands an awful lot. x

  4. This post is so inspirational and educational. I love the fun illustrations, they make it fun and easy to learn.

  5. Oh wow, this is really an interesting way and yes we all must learn to communicate in sign language to have fun and engaged with impaired kids. Thanks for this, I will ensure that my son learns them and celebrate festivals with such kids who are not so lucky!

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