Sign Language Dictionary

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Shoes in Sign Language

Learn how to sign shoes. This is another sign that can get daily practice because you wear them most every day!

1. Make two fists and hold them a few inches apart, palms down.
2. Tap the sides of your fists together a few times.
3. This sign looks like two shoes you are knocking together. Use this visual to help you remember the sign.

Teaching Tips:

  • Play a game with mixed up shoes. Throw several pairs of shoes of varying sizes into a pile. When you say (or sign!) “GO!” Everyone runs forward and grabs a pair that are not their own and tries to put them on. What does your little one look like trying to wear Daddy’s shoes? What does Mommy look like wearing baby’s shoes? Enjoy the silliness while practicing the sign for shoes!
  • Word games for children can help them learn to tie their shoes! There are many examples online, but here’s one to get you started: ”Over, under, pull it tight. Make a bow, pull it through to do it right!” Sign shoes after you practice tying!

Tap your fists together like a pair of shoes. Shoes! Your turn.

Download the Flashcard (click on the image. The file contains a few color and black-and-white options. Print according to your needs.)