Baby Sign Language: Hot and Cold

Being able to express temperatures is important for young children. Teach your baby the signs for the words hot and cold in baby sign language with the following descriptions and videos.


Form the hand into a claw. Place the claw in front of the mouth. Move the hand away from the mouth in a sweeping motion.



Hold the fists in front of the chest. Shake the hands in a shivering motion.



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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