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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Porcupine in Sign Language

Learn how to sign porcupine in ASL (American Sign Language). This woodland creature is cute – but stay clear!

  1. Hold one arm parallel to your body with a closed fist. This is the porcupine body.
  2. Place your second hand in a fist shape on the wrist of the first hand. Pop the hand up and open to a 5-shaped hand (all five fingers up and spread out). These are the quills.
  3. This sign looks just like a porcupine getting ready to use his quills – look out! Use this visual to help you remember the sign.

Teaching Tips – to learn how to sign porcupine in ASL

  • Art in early childhood education helps make concepts come alive! Make a craft porcupine. Create the body out of clay and use toothpicks for the quills. Sign porcupine as you create your creature!
  • Why does a porcupine have quills? Read together about this interesting creature and ask more questions together too! Sign porcupine as you learn.

Porcupine! Show his body and his quills pop up! Porcupine.

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