There's no shortage of patriotic activities in San Diego for the 4th of July. If you have yet to make your plans, San Diego Family has a great overview of what's happening nearby. Whether you're hanging out with friends at a bbq, spending the day at the San Diego Fair, or attending one of the parades around town, surely your little one will notice there's something special going on and their interest will be piqued. The celebration of America's birthday is an opportunity to demonstrate fun signs for babies, toddlers and young children.
For starters, a lot of patriotic red, white, and blue will be fashionable. See the video for a quick demonstration of these colors by the Woolley kids.
Flags will proudly be displayed everywhere and many community events will even hand out little flags for children to wave. Show your little one the signs for flag, stars, and stripes.
Independence day celebrations may include balloons, pinwheels, or glow sticks. Novelties like these are not just fun to play with, but fun to "talk about". Learn these fun signs to engage your child. When babies are greatly intrigued by an item that's when you want to maximize your signing opportunity.
Older children may enjoy showing off their ability to sign "Happy Independance Day" or "Happy Birthday America".
Whether or not you intend to go out to see a fireworks display it would behoove you to talk about and sign FIREWORKS for your baby or toddler multiple times before the big event. Loud noises can be nervewracking for little ones and having the concept down can help calm their uncertainty. Knowing is half the battle afterall. With signing as a fun and useful communication tool, parents can see children successfully work through situations that might otherwise be scary.
Enjoy learning the signs for all the words in bold here.