Language Play

ASL Rhymes & Rhythms

It is great for 0-5 years old children. They enjoy the repetition of signs and rhythms. RMDS Family Education has a great video explaining what it is. It can be created by you with any kind of topic. This page will share some videos and links for you and your child to watch too.

Hands Land - Rhymes and Rhythms

Hands Land educational resources were developed by Deaf native signers and educators from Deaf families who found joy in using visual-based rhymes and rhythms throughout the day. This is great for young deaf babies.

Introductory video on how to use Hands Land

Presentation by Hands Land for deeper information

Nursery Rhymes

Nursery Rhyme is traditional part of early learning, playtime fun, and parent/teacher and child interaction. Adding American Sign Language turns nursery rhymes and kids songs into interactive singing game. They can be played at home or at school by teachers, early childhood professionals, parents and kids.

ASL Poetry

ASL poetry is a literary form that evolved from the art of sign-language storytelling. Like English oral poetry, signed performance poetry uses the conventions of repetition, rhyme, alliteration, rhythm, and meter to construct linguistic patterns that add emphasis, meaning, and structure to word forms.

Numerical or ABC Story

One of the fun and special traditions enjoyed and shared by the Deaf Community is signing stories using Number or Alphabet hand shapes. In these stories, various hand shapes do not stand for the numbers and letters themselves, but are used as signs or gestures to convey concepts.

ASL Personification Story

Personification in sign language involves using the storyteller's body part to represent an object in the story. It encourages creativity and performance. It helps increase the art of the sign language.

Signing Song/Poem

Typically a song or poem, the performer expressively performs a sign language version of the lyrics. Whereas singing uses pitch, tone, and emotions to convey expressions, sign singing relies on the performer's hands, body, and facial expressions.

Visual Vernacular

Visual Vernacular is a unique physical theatre technique, with elements of poetry and mime, primarily performed by Deaf artists. This powerful story telling style combines strong movement, iconic signs, with gestures and facial expressions, to capture the world in all its visual complexity.