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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Dinner in Sign Language

Learn how to sign dinner in ASL (American Sign Language) – you get to use the sign every day!

1. First sign “eat” by touching your fingertip all together and tapping your mouth a few times.
2. Then sign “night” by extending one arm parallel to the body at about waist height then touching the opposite elbow to the extended hand, drawing the second hand down through the air like the setting sun.
3. This sign shows eat and night – what meal do you eat at night? Dinner! Use this logic to help you remember the sign.

Teaching Tips – to learn how to sign dinner in ASL

  • Do lots of cooking activities with children to encourage healthy eating and good kitchen skills. Involve your child in dinner preparations – whether they help set the table or slice some soft foods with a butter knife, you can find something age appropriate for toddlers and up. Have them practice signing dinner as they help you prepare.
  • Play restaurant with your child and let them be the wait staff and chef and you be the customer. Come up with very silly dinner orders and giggle your way through pretending to prepare and serve.

Dinner! Sign eat and night. Your hand is now the sun going down. Eat, night, dinner.

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