Sign Language Dictionary

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Cup in Sign Language

Learn how to sign cup in sign language so you can encourage this “big kid!” item at

meal and snack times.

1. Bring one hand up about chest height, palm up.
2. With the other hand, make a c-shape and tap the side of the pinky a few times on the opposite flat hand.
3. This sign looks just like you are showing a cup in your hand. Use this visual to help you remember the sign.
Teaching Tips

  • Basic sign language for babies, toddlers, and children should start with everyday items. Cup is a great one to begin with because they will use a cup many times a day. Sign cup each time you offer a drink, or your child asks for one.
  • Talk to your child about favorite things that go in a cup. Juice? Milk? Water?
    Encourage your child to sign cup and ask for their preference.


Cup! Make the shape of a cup on your hand. Cup!