Count in Sign Language
Learn how to sign count in ASL (American Sign Language) and then use the sign to help develop early math skills!
- Bring one hand up about chest height, palm up, hand flat.
- With the other hand, lightly pinch pointer to thumb (as if you were holding something between your fingers), leaving remaining fingers slightly extended.
- Draw your second hand back and forth over the palm of the second hand.
- This sign looks like you are holding a pencil and working out some math problems! Use this visual to help you remember the sign.
Teaching Tips – to learn how to sign count in ASL
- Create number learning games by giving children different familiar items to count, such as race cars, dolls, markers, stickers, etc. How high can you count to? 10? 20? More?
- Count things in your neighborhood. How many cars are on the street? Or how many trees and buildings? Sign count and say, “I can count ______ cars!”
This is the sign for count. Count!