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Baby Sign Language: ASL Numbers Sixteen (16) to Twenty (20)

Learning to count with numbers is a fun activity for young children. Teach your baby the signs for the numbers sixteen (16), seventeen (17), eighteen (18), nineteen (19), and twenty (20) in baby sign language with the following descriptions, pictures, and videos.

Sixteen (16)

Form the signed number 6 with the hand by holding the pinky down with the thumb while holding the index, middle, and ring fingers up. Twist the wrist back and forth twice.

ASL Sixteen Position 1 ASL Sixteen Position 2

 

Seventeen (17)

Form the signed number 7 with the hand by holding the ring finger down with the thumb while holding the index, middle, and pinky fingers up. Twist the wrist back and forth twice.

ASL Seventeen Position 1 ASL Seventeen Position 2

 

Eighteen (18)

Form the signed number 8 with the hand by holding the middle finger down with the thumb while holding the index, ring, and pinky fingers up. Twist the wrist back and forth twice.

ASL Eighteen Position 1 ASL Eighteen Position 2

 

Nineteen (19)

Form the signed number 9 with the hand by holding the index finger down with the thumb while holding the middle, ring, and pinky fingers up. Twist the wrist back and forth twice.

ASL Nineteen Position 1 ASL Nineteen Position 2

 

Twenty (20)

Form the hand into the signed letter Q with the finger tips pointed forward. Then tap the index finger and thumb together twice.

ASL Twenty Position 1 ASL Twenty Position 2

 

References

Chafin, Suzie, Johnston Bell Grindstaff, & Anne E. Pidano. 2009. Knack baby sign language: A step-by-step guide to communicating with your little one. Guilford, CT: Knack.

Image Credits

“ASL Numbers” by Linguistics Girl: The Linguistic Librarian (Heather Marie Kosur) under © All Rights Reserved (Used with permission)

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