Sign Language Dictionary

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Bat in Sign Language

A trip to the zoo isn’t complete without a peek inside the bat house. Learn how to sign bat and have some fun with these cute looking (and useful!) creatures of the night.

1. Cross your arms over your chest, resting the left hand on the right shoulder and right hand on the left shoulder.
2. At the same time crook your pointer finger and tuck in all other fingers so they look a little like the bat’s “hands”.
3. The sign altogether looks like the bats wings crossed when they are hanging upside down. Use these visuals to help you remember the sign.

Teaching Tips

• Learning the sign for bat (or any animal) is a great time to create impromptu animal games for kids – sign “bat” and ask your child to name things they know about bats.
• Sign “bat” and ask your child to act like a bat. They might fly around the room, snack on some fruit, or even hang upside down from monkey bars or propped upside down on a couch.


Bat. Cross your arms like the bat’s wings. Bat.