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Let’s learn some Christmas sign language with your kids!
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:
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
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.
Bunch your fingers together and at head height, move your hands away in small arcs.
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.
Hold your hands up, palms away from you, wiggle your fingers and drag your hands downwards to simulate snow.
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*)
Other sign language books you can buy(aff*):
- How to Sign Animals with Terry the Monkey (British Sign Language edition)
- How to Sign Animals with Terry the Monkey (American Sign Language edition)
- How to Sign Halloween with Terry the Monkey (British Sign Language edition)
- How to Sign Halloween with Terry the Monkey (American Sign Language edition)
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
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