Bee is a two-part ASL sign that looks like a bee landed on your cheek and you swatted it away. Start the sign with you dominant hand open, thumb and index fingers touching to make a little bee. (This first part of the bee sign is actually the letter F sign in ASL, so you can think of a bee landing on a flower.) Touch the tips of these two fingers against your cheek, then open your hand and swat past the spot on your cheek with the open hand.
While teaching the bee sign, be sure to accompany the sign and word with lots of buzzing sounds. Animating the sign with a sound makes it much more vivid to your baby. Babies tend to be attracted to signs like bee and ant, because there are plenty of opportunities to see them in real life. Once you teach these signs, you will be surprised at how often your baby's sharp eyes spot them. As your baby gets more confident with her signs, you can start to link the bee to the environment or describing the creature's motion. The bee is landing on the flower, for instance.
We like to teach the sign for bee once spring arrives, and our babies begin to explore the newly bloomed flower beds. We also use it as a warning when a bee starts to buzz around our little ones.
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