Sign Language Dictionary

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Dad in Sign Language

Learn how to sign Dad in ASL to talk about this important member of the family!

1. Bring one hand up to your forehead, palm flat, fingers loosely apart.
2. Touch your thumb to your forehead.
3. Take a look at the sign for Mom and note how these are quite close. In general, masculine signs are done at the forehead and feminine signs closer to the mouth or side of the face.

Teaching Tips

  • Learning for kids can be a family affair! Create a photo album of special family members and talk about who they are. Practice the sign for the family member (dad, mom, aunt, uncle, etc.) as you go.
  • Come up with a list of special things about dad. Start with, “My dad is special because he ________”.  Help your child write up two or three things and practice reading or reciting them. Then go find dad and give him a very special performance of reading or reciting the list.


Just like mom, but touch your thumb to your forehead. I remember it because my dad’s a little bit taller than my mom. Now you try it! Dad.

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