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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Wash Clothes in Sign Language

Learn how to sign wash clothes. It’s a chore even a young child can lend a hand with!

1. Hold both hands up at an angle. Fingers are bent in a circular shape and fingertips face each other but are not touching. Elbows are also out at an angle.
2. Rotate the wrists back and forth so the hands twist.
3. This sign looks like the washer rotating the clothes. Use this visual to help you remember the sign.

Teaching Tips:

  • Learning to sign can help you teach household routines to your child. Teach wash clothes and, depending on the age of the child, integrate it into their chores. Younger children can sort clothes by color and help load the washer and push the button. Older children can fold. Preschoolers and up can put things away. Sign wash clothes as you work together (and look forward to the day they are independently doing laundry!)
  • Make a chore chart for older children and write each chore down. Ask the child to sign the chore, complete it, and sign it one more time while checking it off the chart.

Wash clothes. To sign wash clothes or to do a wash, your hands show the clothes rotating in the washer. Wash clothes.

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