Sign Language Dictionary

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Dress in Sign Language

Learn how to sign dress in ASL and enjoy getting dressed up – for special times and pretend!

1. Bring both hands up to about chest height, palms in, fingers together.
2. Draw your hands down your torso and then out to your sides, ending with hands several inches out and palms still facing down.
3. This sign looks like you are showing a nice A-line dress. Use this visual to help you remember the sign.

Teaching Tips

  • Create fun activities for children with a dress-up box! Fill it with all sorts of clothes, including dresses, and encourage them to sign the name of the clothing they choose. Where does one wear a dress? Pretend to go there!
  • Design a pretty dress using objects around the house. Draw a simple outline of a dress for your child and let them fill it in with crayons, stickers, foam shapes, buttons, or anything else they desire to make a fancy dress! Practice the sign while you create together!

Dress! Your hands follow the shape of the dress. Dress!