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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Turtle in Sign Language

Learn how to sign turtle in ASL (American Sign Language). They’re so cute!

  1. Make a fist and extend your thumb straight out. Hold the hand at about chest height.
  2. Take your other hand and cover the first, allowing the thumb on the first hand to stick out.
  3. Wiggle the thumb up and down a couple of times.
  4. This sign looks like a little turtle’s head (the thumb) sticking out of its shell (the second hand). Use this visual to help you remember the sign.

Teaching Tips – to learn how to sign turtle in ASL

  • Make a turtle shell out of a box. Let your child decorate it and then crawl underneath and pretend to be a turtle. Sign while you play.
  • Children’s Museums often provide preschool learning activities where they can observe real turtles. See if there is one in your area where you can visit some turtles. If no museum is available, perhaps try a local pet shop. Sign turtle while you observe him moving around in his shell – looking a lot like the sign!

Transcript:
Turtle! Your thumb is the turtle’s head and your other hand is the shell. Now make his head nod. Turtle!

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