Practicing Self-Help Skills and Introducing New Signs

Winter is still here, although some of us are hoping for a short one (personally I can’t wait for Spring…) so we still need to wear our winter jackets, mittens, and hats. That is if you don’t live in the desert, like some of us, but what a wonderful opportunity to teach the signs for clothes and having young children practice self-help skills that lead to developing fine motor skills such as:

  • Zipping
  • Buttoning
  • Dressing themselves

It is also fun to take pictures of your little ones in their winter clothes and create a book or use for a bulletin board display. Don’t forget to label with sign language to make it more fun!Snow

We always like to have activities, it helps keep everyone engaged and it is always fun too. Here are some great ones to during the winter!

For Families

1. Cuddle and read under a warm blanket or near a cozy fire.
2. Make hot chocolate, don’t forget the marshmallows.
3. Go up north and play in the snow.
4. Create a snowman using construction paper and other materials.
5. Make a paper snowflake.
6. Make a valentine for someone special.
7. Have a family game night.
8. Bake some warm, delicious cookies
9. Pop some popcorn and gather the together for a fun family movie night.
10. Build a fort inside with blankets and pillows.

For the Early Childhood Educator (families too)
Read – The Mitten by Jan Brett during story time and use the following signs.


Visit our favorite site for ASL signs, which are done in video: ASLPro


Create some fun Mitten activities
Materials: need different color mittens or gloves and a parachute
Targeted Skills: Reinforcing color identification, gross motor, and sorting
Directions: Have the children match the mittens by color, toss the mittens in the parachute, sign and say a color and have the children find that mitten.

To extend this activity for older children by making a colorful mitten sight word chart:
Completing the sentence with color word, “My mitten is ________.”

  • My mitten is red.
  • My mitten is orange.
  • My mitten is blue.

Remember, always have fun!! Using ASL during reading supports literacy and brain development and the children love when you bring the story alive!

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