Sign Language Dictionary

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Crayons in Sign Language

Learn how to sign crayons in ASL so you can sign while choosing this fun activity for a project.

1. This is a two-part sign. First sign “colors” by wiggling the fingers of one hand on your chin.
2. Next, sign “write” by bringing one hand up, keeping flat and palm up. Then pinch the thumb and pointer finger of the other hand like it is holding a pencil and “write” across the flat hand.
3. This sign literally says you are writing with colors – so, coloring with crayons! Use this to help you remember the sign.

Teaching Tips

  • Create color games for kids. Using your crayons, how many things can you draw that are red? Blue? Green? (and so on!) Say and sign, “I am choosing the ___(insert color)__ crayon to draw with!”
  • Use crayons to make something special for someone. Encourage your child to draw their most beautiful picture to make someone’s day. Encourage them to talk about the crayons they are using and practice the sign as they go.


Crayons! Sign colors on your chin and then sign write, just like you’re writing. Crayons!