Baby Sign Language: Happy and Sad

Teach your baby the signs for the words happy and sad in baby sign language with the following descriptions and videos.


Hold the hand in front of the chest with the palm facing the body. Sweep the hand up twice in a circling motion. The face should express happiness.



Hold the hands in front of the eyes with the palms facing the body. Lower the hands in the motion of tracing tears falling from the eyes. The face should express sadness.



Acredolo, Linda & Susan Goodwyn. 2009. Baby signs: How to talk with your baby before your baby can talk, 3rd edn. New York: McGraw Hill.

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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