Sign Language Dictionary

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Paint in Sign Language

Learn how to sign paint. What beautiful pictures can you create?

1. Hold one hand straight up so your fingertips point towards the sky and the palm faces the opposite side of the body, fingers lightly pressed together. Your hand should “stand” like an easel.
2. With the other hand, fingers together, brush your fingertips up and down the palm of the first hand.
3. This sign looks like you are painting a picture on an easel! Use this visual to help you remember the sign.

Teaching Tips:

  • Put out some paints and paper and ask your child to paint a picture using their imagination. Once she is done, ask her to tell you about the picture and practice the sign for paint.
  • Crafts for children can teach concepts and reinforce signs! Find the book “Mouse Paint” and read it together. It teaches concepts of primary colors. Get your child some paints and let her re-create some mouse paint pictures. Sign paint together!

Paint! Your hand moves just like a paintbrush. Paint!