Sign Language Dictionary

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Fold in Sign Language

Learn how to sign fold and begin to teach some easy housekeeping skills as soon as children are ready.

1. Start with both elbows back towards the body, arms extended forward, and palms up.
2. One hand at a time, flip your wrist so that both hands end up palm down, raising the hands a few inches as you flip.
3. This sign looks just like you are folding some clothes, ending with your hands resting on the folded pile. Use this visual to help you remember the sign.

Teaching Tips

  • Preschool learning activities can center around everyday chores. Even if children aren’t quite ready to fold shirts or pants, they can start with simple things like socks and underwear. Invite them to join you as you fold clothes and practice both the folding and the sign together.
  • Have children help sort what you fold. You can sort by who the clothes belong to, type of clothing (socks, shirts, etc.) or even color just for fun.

Fold! Just pretend that you are folding cloths. Fold.