Sign Language Dictionary

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Bath in Sign Language

Bath time is a favorite in many households! Learning how to sign bath when teaching your child sign language is a great way to have some fun with this bedtime ritual, and also a great early sign to learn as there are so many natural opportunities to practice it during family routines.

1. Make two fists and bring them up to shoulder height.
2. Move fists up and down a few inches to sign “bath”.
3. This sign looks like you’re washing your body. Use that visual to help you remember the sign.

Teaching Tips

• Use the sign “bath” to teach simple sequencing. For instance, you might say, “In the bath first we ________. Then in the bath we ___________. Finally, in the bath, we ____________.” Sign bath together each time and have your child talk about what they do first, middle and last. For instance, they might choose to fill in the blanks with: play, wash up, clean up toys.


Your fists go up and down, like you’re washing your body in the bath. Now it’s your turn.

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