Sign Language Dictionary

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Lost in Sign Language

Learn how to sign lost. How do you find something that is lost?

1. Pinch all your fingertips together on each individual hand.
2. Press the fingertips of each hand against the tips on the other hand
3. Separate the hands and open the fingertips at the same time.
4. This sign looks like you had something and then it is gone – you lost it. Use this visual to help you remember the sign.

Teaching Tips:

  • Create a scavenger hunt using everyday items. Tell your child, “I lost the _______. Can you help me find it?” Give clues as to where the item is and see if he can locate it. You might use items that do tend to get lost frequently at your house and insert a little lesson on putting things away so they don’t get lost.
  • Play in early childhood education can help teach important safety skills. Ask your child what he would do if he was lost. Who would he talk to (a police officer, a store employee, or someone else you identify as safe to approach)? What would he say? Begin to teach a safe adult’s phone number and the home address. Pretend to be lost together and encourage your child to use his words and skills to find safe help. “I am lost. My Mommy’s phone number is ________. Please help!”

Lost. It’s like you’re holding something then you drop it and it’s lost. Lost.