Sign Language Dictionary

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Three in Sign Language

This is how to teach your baby to sign the number three. Using your dominant hand, extend the index, middle finger and THUMB (not ring finger). Your palm should be facing you, with your 2 fingers and thumb pointing up and your fingers separated.

Teaching Tips

Signing the number 3 can be difficult for children and adults. Pinkies and ring fingers don’t want to stay down by themselves, they want the thumb to hold them in place. Don’t force your fingers to curl, it will come naturally with time and forcing it will only make your hand uncomfortable. You can help your child by:

  1. Help them hold up all five fingers
  2. With one hand, gently support their thumb, index and middle fingers
  3. With the other hand, gently bend their ring finger and pinky
  4. Help your baby understand the concept of “3” by counting 3 treats from a pile
  5. Get excited when your baby signs it, right or wrong. Always encourage them to keep learning.

Transcript

“This is three. Your thumb is the third one. Three.”