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I just posted a play mat tutorial on my personal blog which includes Alphabet games for learning phonics.  You can also use the same rules for practicing your hand signing!  If you don't have sewing skills or the time to sew a quilted mat, you can achieve the same games by printing out page sized alphabet letters to lay on the floor, and a couple of bean bags. (Small beanie babies work GREAT!)  If you use them a lot, you may choose to laminate the letters. Here are the instructions....

Alphabet Signing games
The floor is the pond, and on the pond place pieces of paper  with the letters of the Alphabet.  Use beanbags as "men" and borrow a dice from another game to roll for moves



Games to Play
Depending how old you are and how much you sign, you can play the alphabet game in so many ways.

 

If you are Learning your letters,
roll the die and jump the number of squares. Sign the letter you land on correctly! If you don’t name it correctly the first time, you miss a turn.

  If you are Learning Words,
roll the die and jump the number of squares.  Name a word that starts with that letter and sign it!

If you can spell,
roll the die and jump the number of squares.  Name a word that starts with that letter
  and finger spell   that word correctly. If you are wrong you miss a turn. At your next turn, spell the word correctly before you move the dice to move on.

 

The first person in any game to reach the letter “Z” wins the game!

 

  Beanbag Toss Game  

Decide how many tosses each person gets. Toss a doll, and which ever letter the doll lands on, follow the directions in one of the games above minus the die.

Make a point system if you wish:

 

1 point if you land in water but name a letter close by,

2 points for landing on a lily pad

3 points for landing on a flower

 

Keep score on a chalkboard or paper, and at the end of the tosses, add up the score to see who has the most points

 
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                                 Meet our mascot Leopawz!

You can see him in our Web sites main image. He is sitting there patiently waiting for his turn to help you learn hand signs to help you communicate with the youngest members of the family.

He is a "hand" puppet who will help us learn hand signs and songs and activities. We will show you how to do the ASL (American Sign Language)  or SEE (Signed Exact English) hand signs. For signs that don't move  there will be a photograph in the Dictionary. For moving signs there will be video.

 If you like Leo, and would like to make your own "Hand" puppet, I have a fully diagrammed instruction tutorial on my personal blog which you can find by following this link:
ASL/Homeschool Hand Puppet
I made Leopawz from thrift store items for a total of $3, so he is an easy, worthwhile  and fun learning tool.

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