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helicopter

Helicopter in Sign Language

Learn how to sign helicopter – children will delight in finding one in the sky or playing with a toy version.

1. First bring one hand up about chest height. Extend the pointer and middle finger out in a side-lying v-shape. Point the thumb straight up and tuck in the ring and pinky fingers.
2. Take your other hand and place the palm on top of the thumb of the first hand. Keep your fingers stretched out and slightly apart.
3. Then wiggle the fingers of the second hand as your rotate the first hand in a small circle.
4. The first hand is the helicopter body. The second hand is the blades. Together they look like a helicopter flying around. Use this visual to help you remember the sign.

Teaching Tips:

  • Preschool learning activities around things that GO are always a hit! Gather toy helicopters, airplanes, trains, etc. and set up a creative play area. Allow children to create their own play space with blocks indoors or maybe sand outdoors. Encourage them to practice the sign for the toy they are driving around as they play.
  • What sound does a helicopter make? Pretend to be helicopters together by “flying” around the room making chopper sounds and practicing the sign at the same time. Kids will delight in the silliness of it all, and be learning the sign at the same time.

Transcript:
Helicopter your first two fingers and thumb make the body of the helicopter and these are the blades spinning. Helicopter!