Signing Children’s Books: Frosty the Snowman

By John Miller  |  Wednesday, December 12, 2018

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.

This is another holiday classic! Frosty the Snowman is a song that was developed into a book and animated movie, that is shown on TV every year during the holiday season.

See Frosty the Snowman signed:

Choosing Signs

The first time you introduce the jolly snowman, you must fingerspell his name, but after that, you can set him up in space OR create an assigned sign name for him. You can discuss with the children what would be a good assigned sign name. I personally have used a right F handshape on the left side of the chest over the heart.

Don't hesistate to take some creative licensing with the "thumpetty, thump, thumps," and don't let it scare you that there isn't necessarily a sign for it, just have fun with it and think of Big Frosty running through the snow covered hills with the children.

Extension Activities

For a great recipe that goes with the theme of this book, see my article Cooking Up Language with Signs: Frosty the Snowman Oreo Truffles.

Get the Pre-Built Word List for this Book!

I hope that through this Frosty the Snowman pre-built word list you will feel confident to share this classic with your children and experience the magic of Frosty together!

Word List for Frosty the Snowman

View word list of ASL signs for the book Frosty the Snowman

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