Sign Language Dictionary

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Plate in Sign Language

Learn how to sign plate – you’ll get to practice this one at just about every meal!

1. Using both hands: Extend a slightly crooked pointer and thumb finger so they make a sort of c-shape. Tuck the rest of your fingers into each palm and hold hands several inches apart.
2. Move the hands forward several inches.
3. This sign looks like you are holding on to a big plate and placing it down on the table. Use this visual to help you remember the sign.

Teaching Tips:

  • As soon as your child can safely carry dishes, teach him to set the table. Start by working together to move dishes and practice the signs. Transition to cuing with sign and having him choose the correct item to bring next to the table. You can start with plastic plates if that seems safer!
  • Mealtimes are a great time to facilitate interactive learning for kids. Teach your child what a healthy plate looks like (half veggies and fruit, ¼ carbs, ¼ protein is often the recommendation). Offering a variety of healthy choices, assist your child in creating their own healthy plate for meals or snack time. Talk about what’s on the plate together and sign plate!

Plate! Pretend to set down a plate. Plate!