How to sign play in American Sign Language

Sign #1 (1 of 2)

Definition:

Theatrical act

Sign Instructions:

Place both hands in front of your with your thumbs pointing toward your chest. Alternate bringing your hands toward your chest and dragging your thumbs down on your chest.

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for play
Make a fist with all fingers curled in and the thumb pressed against the index finger.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for play
Make a fist with all fingers curled in and the thumb pressed against the index finger.

Sign #2 (2 of 2)

Sign Instructions:

Place both hands next to each other in front of you with your palms oriented toward each other. Then, rotate your wrists back and forth a few times.

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for play
Extend the thumb and pinky finger straight out, folding the other fingers into the palm.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for play
Extend the thumb and pinky finger straight out, folding the other fingers into the palm.

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