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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Stream in Sign Language

Learn how to sign stream in ASL (American Sign Language). What lives in a stream?

  1. First sign water by making a W-shape and tapping it on the side of your mouth (extend the pointer, middle, and ring finger and tuck the remaining fingers into your palm).
  2. Then place both hands in front of you, palms down and fingers slightly separated. You want to hold one hand a few inches over the other.
  3. Wave your hands side to side as you move them forward – like water flowing.
  4. TIP: You can also sign river using the same hand shapes and motions, but make the second part with your hands moving forward much bigger – like a lot of water!

Teaching Tips – to learn how to sign stream in ASL

  • Most towns have a stream somewhere in them – in a park, or by a road. See if you can find one and go observe. What do you see in the water? What happens if you toss a rock or a stick in the water? Sign stream as you learn and explore!
  • Interactive learning for kids can be built around favorite books. Check out the cook, “The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear”. As you go through the book, practice the sign for strawberry. You can add in signs for mouse, bear, eat, and any others you know too!

Stream! Sign water, then show it flowing down. For river, you show a lot of water. Stream.

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