Sign Language Dictionary

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Scissors in Sign Language

Learn how to sign scissors! What creative things can you make with scissors?

1. Hold your pointer and middle finger out in a sideways V-shape, tuck the remaining fingers into the palm, and the palm is facing your body.
2. Move the pointer and middle fingers together and apart a few times as you move your arm across in front of you body a few inches.
3. This sign looks just like scissors moving to cut something. Use this visual to help you remember the sign.

Teaching Tips:

  • Learning to cut with scissors is a cumulative skill. Using child-safe scissors, first let your child cut free form, in whatever direction and shape they want. As she gains more control, draw straight, wavy and zigzag lines for her to cut on. Then move to shapes as she is ready. Sign scissors before and after practicing!
  • Teaching sign language in the elementary classroom can help with organization and management. Teach your students the signs for scissors, as well as other classroom supplies. Assign children to different areas of the classroom to clean and straighten up – such as the craft area where the scissors are. While at each station, children can practice their signs.

Scissors! Pretend your fingers are scissors. Scissors!