Baby Sign Language: Fall Down and Hurt

Teach your baby the signs for the phrase fall down and the word hurt in baby sign language with the following descriptions and videos.

Fall Down

Hold one hand in front of the chest with the palm facing up. Form the other hand into the signed number two (2). Touch the index and middle fingers to the palm. Flip the number two over to mimic the motion of falling down.

 

Hurt

Form both hands into the signed number one (1). Hold the hands at shoulder level. Move the hands inward until the tips of the index fingers touch. The face should express pain and sadness.

 

References

Acredolo, Linda & Susan Goodwyn. 2009. Baby signs: How to talk with your baby before your baby can talk, 3rd edn. New York: McGraw Hill.
Beyer, Monica. 2006. Baby talk: A guide to using basic sign language to communicate with your baby. New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin.

Heather Johnson

Heather Johnson is a mother, wife, writer, librarian, and linguist. She earned a BA in English studies with a minor in creative writing from Illinois State University in May 2007, an MS in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2009, and an MS in English studies with an emphasis in linguistics at Illinois State University in December 2011.

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