Sign Language Dictionary

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Sheep in Sign Language

Learn how to sign sheep – what are ways their wool helps keep us warm?

1. Hold one arm in front of you, palm down and hand relaxed.
2. With your other hand, extend the pointer and middle finger and tuck the remaining fingers into the palm.
3. Turn the hand upside down so the top of the hand rests on the first arm.
4. Making cutting motions by opening and closing your middle and pointer finger on the second hand, bringing it up the other arm.
5. This sign looks like you are shearing a sheep! The first arm is the back of the sheep and the second shows the shearing motion of the scissors! Use this visual to help you remember the sign.

Teaching Tips:

  • Sheep are a favorite farm animal! Using books or a visit to a real farm, find out what their job is (to provide wool, food, milk) and why people raise them. Sign sheep as you learn.
  • Art games for children are lots of fun. Draw the outline of a sheep then let your child fill it in by gluing cotton balls down for the sheep’s wool. Encourage her to sign sheep and even say “baa-baa!” as she creates.

Sheep! Take your two fingers and move it up your arm like you are shearing sheep.Sheep!