Signing Children’s Books: Maisy’s Colors

By John Miller
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

This article is part of our “Signing Children’s Books” series, which highlights children’s books and pairs them with pre-built Signing Savvy word lists to help you get started with learning and signing the vocabulary in the book. Reading and literacy is so important. By sharing these pre-built word lists, we hope to cut down on prep time for families that are just beginning to learn ASL and hope you can find more comfort in sharing literacy with our young deaf children.

Signing Children's Books: Maisy's Colors

Maisy’s Colors by Lucy Cousins is chunky book that is simple and filled with colors for little ones just beginning to learn about the world. It combines colorful pictures with simple illustrations that capture the young reader's eye. As very young children's eye sight develops, they learn to enjoy color more and more. This book will be a book that appeals to children when they are very young, yet stay with them as they grow and begin to read.

Learning Colors in ASL

We have two handouts on signing color in ASL that you can also use as a reference when reading this book. The first one is a reference for signing all of the colors in ASL and the second color handout is meant to inspire you to think about the colors in the food rainbow.

Colors in American Sign Language (ASL)  Colors of the Food Rainbow in American Sign Language (ASL)

Extension Actvities

Kids love to learn through food, so talking about the colors of different foods and tasting them is a great activity for little ones. Some of my favorite food rainbow recipes are ones that highlight the beautiful, natural colors of food (instead of using food coloring). I love making popsicles filled with fruit and wrote an article with the recipe and related signs. Check out the article Cooking Up Language with Signs: Frozen Fruit Popsicles Recipe. You can make popsicles that are any color of the rainbow, just by selecting fruit to put in them that is the color you want… strawberries (red), melon (orange or green), pineapple (yellow), kiwis (green), blueberries (blue), grapes (purple or green)… the possibilities are endless AND tasty! Kids love the opportunity to make choices, like what fruits to add to popsicles, and they love tasting the results even more.

Cooking Up Language With Signs Recipe: Frozen Fruit Popsicles

You can find more ideas for actvities related to colors or the food rainbow on Pinterest. Here are some recipes from Pinterest to check out for inspiration:


Get the Pre-Built Word List for this Book!

I hope through the Maisy’s Colors word list you will feel confident to share this story with your children. You can also bring up signs on the Signing Savvy Member App using the pre-built word list as you go through the book.


Word List for Maisy’s Colors

View word list of ASL signs for the book Maisy's Colors

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