Sign Language Dictionary

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Mail in Sign Language

Learn how to sign mail – who can you mail a letter or gift to and brighten their day?

1. Hold one hand up about waist height, palm up.
2. With the other hand, tuck all fingers except the thumb into the palm, pretend to lick your thumb, and then press the thumb onto the palm of your first hand.
3. This sign looks like you are licking a stamp and placing it on a letter. Use this visual to help you remember the sign.

Teaching Tips:

  • Ask your child to think of a special friend or relative that he would like to send some mail to. It can be someone who lives far away, or just someone nearby. Help him write a letter or draw a special picture and then address and stamp the envelope. Practice the sign for mail as you work.
  • Re-creating community buildings can be the basis for fun games in Kindergarten (or any classroom!). Have a classroom post office. Give children opportunities to write mail and drop it in the post office box to be delivered to someone special. Practice the sign as you go!

Mail! Now your thumb is like the stamp being licked and put on the letter. Mail a piece of mail or a letter.