Sign Language Dictionary

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Laugh in Sign Language

Learn how to sign laugh – because laughter really is the best medicine, and even better when it happens with your kids!

1. Make an L-shape with each hand (extend the pointer finger up and the thumb out into an L-shape. Tuck remaining fingers into the palm of the hand).
2. With both hands, bring the pointer fingers of the L-shape up to the corners of the mouth.
3. Make a big smile and bring the pointers around in small circles a couple of times.
4. This sign can also be done with just one hand instead.
5. This sign looks like you are pointing at your mouth laughing. It also uses initialization – L for laugh! Use these cues to help you remember the sign.

Teaching Tips:

  • Kids learning to sign need lots of opportunities to practice. Integrate the word laugh into classic childhood games. For instance, “Simon says laugh as loud as you can!” or, “If you’re happy and you know it laugh out loud! Ha-ha!”
  • Talk with your child about things that make her laugh. Model this sentence. “I think _____ is funny! He/She/It makes me laugh when _________” See how many variations of the sign you can come up with.

Laugh. Your pointers show your laughing mouth. You can sign it with one hand, or two. Laugh!

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