Okay... we aren't really going to the Zoo today, but Allie is so ready to go! We have been watching our new "Zoo Train" Signing Time DVD and she LOVES to act like the animals. I've tried to capture some of them on video, but need to work on getting a video where she just does them for the camera. These videos were taken as she watches her video. She will often watch and then sit back and do the sign. However, she also jumps ahead and does the animal that Rachel (the Signing Time host) will be doing next. Allie has a great memory and has her favorite signs, so she sometimes skips some or simply just watches. It is also fun to watch her as she watches the videos because she will also act out other things - not just show the sign. For example, in the "Tiger" video, she first looks for her stuffed animal (which is a cat, but looks like a tiger - "Mr. Wiggles") and then on the video, they do a close up of a tiger yawning and sticking out his tongue, so Allie does that, too. They show the animals eating or opening their mouths, so you may see Allie trying to imitate those actions as well.
I'll work on capturing more of Allie's animal signs video. Until then... here are a few of Allie's American Sign Language signs for the Animals.
Can you guess the animals?
Go ahead... act like the animals.... it is fun!