Sign Language Dictionary

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make the bed

Make The Bed in Sign Language

Learn how to sign make the bed – a good habit to get into every morning!

1. Press the palms of both hands together, bring them up to one side of your head, and tilt your head to rest on the top hand, much like you are lying on a pillow.
2. Next, hold the arms out and place the hands several inches apart, curl the fingers slightly and angle the palms towards one another.
3. Move the arms in and out, down towards your body, like you’re tucking blankets in around someone.
4. This sign first indicates a bed, and then the tucking in of sheets and blankets. Use this visual to help you remember the sign.

Teaching Tips:

  • Have your child help you make the bed. She may not be big enough to handle big sheets and blankets, but she can still help tuck in and smooth the covers little by little until old enough to handle the whole thing.
  • Sign language for kids can really help encourage them to take part in daily chores more cheerfully! After you’re sure your child knows the sign, try cuing him with signs only. Make a game of it so he has to guess the chore, adding a little fun to routine.

Make the bed. First your head rests on your hands like a pillow. Then use both hands to tuck in the sheets! Try it with me. Make the bed! Great job.