Signing Time Dictionary

We are committed to providing resources for parents who value signing with their children. Our sign language dictionary includes over 400 common signs including the top starter sings for your baby. For each word, there is a video, diagram, and teaching notes to make learning new signs easy. Many of our signs include free downloadable ASL Flashcards to help reinforce the signs taught in our series.

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Cup in Sign Language

Learn how to sign cup in ASL (American 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 – to learn how to sign cup in ASL

  • 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!

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