Sign Language Dictionary

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Thunder in Sign Language:

Learn how to sign thunder. Boom! Does thunder scare you?

1. First point to your ear with one hand.
2. Next, make two fists and hold them in front of you, palms facing out.
3. Bring the fists down in a waving motion. At the same time, you can hunch your shoulders and make a startled face, like you are reacting to a BOOM!
4. This sign indicates that you can hear the thunder and are maybe startled. Use this visual to help you remember the sign.

Teaching Tips:

  • Older children who are afraid of thunder might benefit from learning a little bit about it. What is thunder? Why does it crash? Why do we hear it after we see lightning? Learn together and sign thunder. There’s nothing to be afraid of!
  • Rhyming activities for preschool children are always a hit. Try this one and incorporate the signs you know: “Thunder crashes. Lighting flashes. Rain makes puddles. I make splashes.”

Thunder. Point to your ear and then make fists to show the loud thunder. Thunder. Okay! That’s enough thunder!