Sign Language Dictionary

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Caterpillar in Sign Language

Learn how to sign caterpillar and use it when you talk about this fascinating every changing creature.

1. Bring one arm up about chest height, crooked elbow so your forearm is parallel with your body, hand in a loose fist. This is the ground.
2. With your other hand, tuck in all fingers except the pointer. The pointer finger is the caterpillar – inch him across the opposite arm.
3. This sign looks just like a caterpillar crawling across the ground – or up your arm! Use this visual to help you remember the sign.

Teaching Tips

  • If the season is right, go on a caterpillar hunt. Where do these little guys like to hide in your neighborhood? Check trees and bushes and on the ground. Sign caterpillar when you spot one.
  • Science in early childhood education is important! Fun fact: A moth caterpillar will make a cocoon and a butterfly caterpillar will make a chrysalis.
    Butterflies are in lots of books! Read some together and sign as you go.


Caterpillar. Show the fuzzy little caterpillar crawling up your arm! Caterpillar.