Sign Language Dictionary

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Swing in Sign Language

Learn how to sign swing. It is so much fun to do!

1. Extend the pointer and middle finger on one hand and tuck the rest of the fingers into the palm. Hold this hand in front of you, palm down.
2. Make the same hand shape with the second hand and stack the pointer and middle finger on the same fingers of the first hand.
3. Swing your hands back and forth.
4. This sign looks just like a pair of legs sitting on a swing and going back and forth. Use this visual to help you remember the sign.

Teaching Tips:

  • Go to a playground and swing-swing-swing! Practice the sign before and after you get on the swing, but not during – you need to hold on to both hands! A grownup can sign in-between offering pushes though.
  • Games for preschool children can be as simple as teaching cooperation through play. Teach your child to say “My turn on the swing, please” and sign my turn, swing, and please. Then encourage her to engage a friend with, “Your turn on the swing!” Switch back and forth every few minutes. Make signing a part of the cooperative play.

Swing! Your two fingers swing on the other two. Swing!

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