Sign Language Dictionary

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Knife in Sign Language

Learn how to sign knife – be careful when you use the real thing!

1. Make “pointer fingers” with both hands by extending the pointer finger itself and tucking the rest of the fingers into the palm.
2. Have one hand up at about mid-torso, pointer finger pointing out. This is the item you are cutting.
3. Bring the other pointer finger up and “slice” it a few times on the first. This finger is the knife.
4. This sign looks just like you are cutting something with a knife. Use this visual to help you remember the sign.

Teaching Tips:

  • Preschool learning is best done hands on! A sharp knife isn’t appropriate, of course, but lots of things can be carefully cut with a plastic knife or a butter knife. Try letting your child safely learn how to use a knife by slicing play-dough, apple slices (pre-cut), sandwiches, etc. Sign knife after each item.
  • Set the table together! What side does the knife go on? Maybe a grown-up can handle setting the knife and the child can do the fork and spoon.

Knife. One finger is the knife, the other finger is the food. Knife. Be really careful!