Sign Language Dictionary

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Scared in Sign Language

Learn how to sign scared. What can you do when you’re scared so you feel brave again?

1. Hold both hands in front of you in fists, palms towards your body.
2. Flick the fingers forward so you end up with an open palm, with fingers extended. Raise your shoulders some while you do this.
3. Make your face look like you are really scared at the same time!
4. This sign looks like something suddenly scared you! Use this visual to help you remember the sign.
5. TIP: Facial expression and body language are really important when communicating meaning in sign language. Make sure you really show how scared you are!!

Teaching Tips:

  • Talk to your child about things that make them feel scared. Help them to come up with a list of things they can do when they are scared so they feel safe or brave again. Sign scared as you talk and give reassuring hugs too!
  • Games for young children that help them understand their emotions are really important. Provide puppets and ask the child to act out different feelings with the puppet (scared, sad, happy, excited, etc.). Then practice the sign.

Scared. Open up your fingers and show that you’re really scared.

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