The sign for umbrella is done by miming the opening an umbrella.
Ivy Beringer of Northern Virginia Community College writes:
Hi Dr. Vicars:
My name is Ivy, and I am a full-time Faculty member in the early
childhood education department at Northern Virginia Community College.
I have a keen interest in signing with babies. I am teaching a course
on infants and toddlers this fall and am planning to require my students
to learn the signs from the Baby Einstein DVD, "My First Signs:See and
Say with Baby." I just came across your lifeprint web-site and plan to
use the baby signs there as well.
My baby signing interest also comes from being a grandmother. I have a
16-month-old grand-daughter (Riley) who is signing. Recently her
mother, Heather, saw her create her first sign sentence. Heather was
packing Riley's diaper bag and included one or two of her Little Einsten
toy characters. Riley signed, Me - More - Babies. She was telling her
mother to pack a few more of her character toys!!!
Since our last name is Beringer, our grandchidren call me and my
husband, Mama Bear and Papa Bear. After seeing Shamu at Sea World, we
entered one of the novelty stores. Papa Bear was holding Riley, who
upon eying the stuffed animals, promptly signed Me-That, pointing to a
stuffed Shamu toy. Of course her Papa Bear bought it for her!
Here is my question on behalf of Riley. She loves to sit outside on the
deck and she loves to look at the umbrella there as well at the beach
and when we are out other places. She has asked me several time for the
sign for umbrella. I tell her the word, but I don't know how to make
the sign. Can you help me?
I have posted the general sign for "umbrella" at my umbrella page at
lifeprint.com. You just "mime" the opening of an umbrella.
But to show a Beach-type umbrella to a child, the first few times I'd do the
sign a bit bigger and add an "upside down bowl shape" to show the top as
Then I'd go ahead and just do the regular sign for umbrella.