Sign Language Dictionary

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Airplane in Sign Language

Few things excite a young child quite like looking up in the sky to see the big airplane flying by. Help your little one tell you about what he is observing by learning how to sign “airplane”.

1. While the sign is one smooth hand shape, it can be helpful to learn it first in steps.
2. Make a fist and then extend the thumb, pointer, and pinky fingers. Keep your middle finger and ring finger tucked. You might notice this is a similar hand shape as “I Love You” in sign language. You’re right – it is a similar hand shape!
3. Finally, fly your hand through the air, just like a plane.

Teaching Tips

When you sign airplane, talk about the things you observe with your child and sign airplane for each sentence you use.
• I see the airplane way up high!
• Wow! The airplane is moving very fast in the blue sky!
• I wonder how many people are on that airplane!
• I can see the airplane has colors! I see red. What other color do you see on the airplane?


Take your thumb, pointer, and pinky, make an airplane with your hand, and fly it through the sky! Let’s see your sign for airplane.

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