Sign Language for Winter Related Items

Here are a few photos that describe winter-related signs in American Sign Language. If there is a winter word you would like to see added to this gallery, email me. You can also submit your own photos for addition to this gallery. This is how I, my family, and my friends sign these words. It may be different where you live, because of sign language "dialects." To see more examples of sign language, see Sign Language Dictionaries Online


Sign for Boots

This sign is similar to the sign for "shoes" in that the two hands are brought together to represent flat boots.


Sign for Button

The sign for button symbolizes the act of buttoning a shirt. the thumb and index finger are together in the shape of an "o" to represent a button. The hands move up and down as if buttoning a shirt.


Sign for Children

To make the sign for children, the two hands literally bounce away from each other. Think of children hopping, skipping, and jumping in play.


Sign for Coat

The sign for coat needs almost no explanation. The "C" hands move down as if putting on a warm winter coat.


Sign for Cold

Look at the expression on the model's face. It is obvious that he feels cold, as shown by the shaking fists.


Sign for Earmuffs

Start at the top where earmuffs are put on the head, and move down to the ears, covering them with the muffs.


Sign for Hat

To indicate that you want your hat to keep your head warm, just pat the top of your head.


Sign for Hot Chocolate

Combine the sign for "hot," and the sign for "chocolate." Touch the hand to the face and move away quickly, as if you were touching something hot. Then, make the sign for chocolate, moving a "C" hand in a circle on top of your hand.


Sign for Ice

Be careful out there, the ice is freezing! The fingers of the hand tense up, bending down and moving towards yourself to represent the freezing of the ice.


Sign for Ice Skates

Two crooked fingers symbolize the blades of ice skates, and the model turns from side to side as if gliding on the ice.


Sign for Icicle

Since an icicle grows downwards, that growth is represented by the icicle growing down from the hand at the top. Each hand has the thumb and index finger together in an "O" shape.


Sign for Jacket

Use both hands in a semi-fist format to represent the act of putting on a jacket.


Sign for Scarf

Put the scarf around your neck, flipping it over your back.


Sign for Sled

The sign for sled is similar to the sign for a skate. Use the two crooked fingers to symbolize the runners on a sled. Rotate the hands in a circle, as if riding on a sled down a hill.


Sign for Snow

The snow is falling down. The fingers wiggle as the hands move down slowly, showing the falling of snowflakes.


Sign for Snowball

Combine the sign for snow (hands wiggling the fingers as they move downwards, like snowflakes) with the sign for a ball (two cupped hands touching each other), to communicate that you have a snowball.


Sign for Snowman

Want to build a snowman? Combine the sign for snow (fingers wiggling as the hands move downwards like snowflakes falling) with the sign for man.


Sign for Snow Shovel

Mimic the act of shoveling snow, scooping it up and throwing it off the shovel.

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