Signing Time Dictionary

We are committed to providing resources for parents who value signing with their children. Our sign language dictionary includes over 400 common signs including the top starter sings for your baby. For each word, there is a video, diagram, and teaching notes to make learning new signs easy. Many of our signs include free downloadable ASL Flashcards to help reinforce the signs taught in our series.

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Backpack in Sign Language

Learn how to sign backpack in ASL (American Sign Language). It’s time for school and you have to pack your backpack! Get children excited for this educational milestone by learning how to sign backpack.

  1. Make two “A” shaped hands and bring them up to your shoulders.
  2. Brush them down a few inches, repeat a few times – this shows where the straps of the backpack hit when it is worn.

Teaching Tips – to learn how to sign backpack in ASL

• Play a preschool game with a backpack. Fill it up with toys from your child’s room and have him or her reach in and feel one. Let your child try to guess what toy is in the backpack and then tell you, “In my backpack I think I have __________”
• Play a game to see how many things your child can fit in a backpack! Let him fill it up and then count each item. Say, “In your backpack you have ____ things!” and be sure to sign!


Backpack. Show the straps of your backpack. Backpack.

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