Sign Language Dictionary

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Play in Sign Language

Learn how to sign play in ASL. You can play everyday… at home, and with Alex and Leah!

1. With both hands: Extend the thumb and pinky fingers out and tuck the remaining fingers into the palm of the hands.
2. Hold both of your hands in this shape out a little bit from your body and about shoulder height.
3. Rotate the wrists to twist the hands back and forth a few times.
4. This sign is as fun to do as it is to play! Use this cue to help you remember the sign.

Teaching Tips:

  • Encourage your child to sign along with the Signing Time introduction song on each video and use the signs they know – you can start with play!
  • Learning for kids is all about play! Free play is very valuable. Get involved by starting a dialogue, “What are you playing? Can I join? How can I play too?”

Play. Show me your thumbs and pinkies. Now twist them back and forth. Play. Can you sign play? Play.

Download the Flashcard (click on the image. Print in color or black-and-white and adjust the print size according to your needs.)