Sign Language Dictionary

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Cold in Sign Language

Learn how to sign cold and use this sign whenever the weather warrants – either on a chilly day or after a fun time swimming!

1. Make two fists and bring them up about shoulder height, thumbs facing to shoulders (but out from the shoulder an inch or two.)
2. Shake your fists back and forth, towards and away from each other, a few times.
3. This sign looks like you are shaking with cold! Use the visual to help you remember the sign.

Teaching Tips

  • Learning games for children can be as simple as talking about a topic in a fun and animated way. It elicits knowledge and reinforces concepts. Talk to your child about the cold! When are they cold? What makes the weather cold? What time of year is it cold? See what they say!
  • Create a mini science experiment. Start with a large container of slightly warm water (a safe temperature for little hands). Have your child predict how many ice cubes will turn the water cold. Slowly add cubes and count to see how close they get.


Cold. Make two fists and shake them like you’re really cold. Brr! I’m cold!