Sign Language Dictionary

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Swim in Sign Language

Learn how to sign swim. Can you swim like a fish?

1. Cross your arms in front of you by laying both arms flat, palms down, fingers pointed out.
2. Push your hands apart and then cross them, then push them apart again. Do this a couple of times.
3. This sign looks just like you are swimming through the water. Use this visual to help you remember the sign.

Teaching Tips:

  • Lots of animals can swim! How many do you know? Try this sentence, “I know that a _____ can swim!” Fill in the animal and sign swim each time.
  • Sign language activities can happen in the water! Ask your child, “Can you swim fast (slow, under water, to me, to the dock)?” Sign swim each time. Encourage your child to swim back to you and sign!

Swim. Move your arms just like you’re swimming. Swim!

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