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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Outside in Sign Language

Learn how to sign outside in ASL (American Sign Language). The outdoors is such a great place to play!

  1. Bring one hand up to the side of your head, a few inches away. Hold the hand open, fingers bent forward so your fingertips face your head.
  2. Shut your fingertips together as you pull your hand slightly further away from your head.
  3. Repeat this movement twice.
  4. This sign looks a little like you are moving your hand outside the immediate space around your body – use this as a cue to help you remember the sign.

Teaching Tips – to learn how to sign outside in ASL

  • What are some of your favorite things to do outside? Model this sentence for your child. “When we go outside, I love to _______!” Sign outside. Then encourage your child to use the same sentence and sign outside as well. How many sentences can you come up with?
  • Signing for children can take place anywhere and everywhere! Take your signing outside (tell the children where you’re headed by signing the word!) and then practice outdoor signs such as grass, tree, cloud, etc. together.

Transcript:
Outside. Start with your hand open, then close it as you move it outside. When you do that twice, it means outside. Outside.

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