First Signs – Animals

Children understand hundreds of words and concepts before they can communicate verbally and teaching them signs gives you and your little one a helping hand as they connect with the world around them, develop interests, and (most importantly) learn basic language skills.

First Signs – Animals paves the way with some favourite animal signs as a fun extension or introduction to pre-verbal communication skills.

First Signs – Animals contains 13 New Zealand Sign Language signs with details and illustrations on how to do them.

Written and illustrated by Jenna Brockett

$25.00 incl. GST

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More about First Signs – Animals from the author

You can begin introducing signs as early as you want, but studies show that babies as young as six months old can remember and recognise a sign. By eight months, some children are able to imitate gestures or communicate using simple one-word signs.

Keep eye contact as you sign and say the word out loud, using the sign in direct context, for example sign ‘dog’ when you see a dog in real life or in a book, and repeat the sign every time you see the animal.

It’s very likely that your child will invent their own signs or use variations of a sign you use. If they do, that’s fine. Keep using the ‘official’ sign and let them do their sign.

Using sign language as a pre-verbal aid is all about the joy of communicating, not about them ‘getting it right’.

About the Kiwi author and illustrator

Jenna Brockett familyFind out more about author, illustrator, designer and mother Jenna Brocket on her author profile.

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Dimensions16 × 16 × 1 cm

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