Activity Ideas – Handshape Flashcards

The start of activity ideas for you to play with your families, students, friends, colleagues and even strangers (remember sharing is caring). 😉 Be sure to come back again and check us out as we continue to add in more activities.

Handshape Flashcards:

Game 1 – How many signs?

Goal: Be the first player to reach 39 points.
Equipment: Handshape Flashcards, Die, & Timer
Players: Minimum of 2
Age: 4+

Insert 6 cards into the die and roll it.

Whatever hand shape comes up; you must think of a sign correlating to that handshape within 30 seconds or lose a turn. Each new sign gets a point. Keep rolling the die and coming up with new signs until you can’t think of a sign and then the die goes to the next person for their turn. Each card has one point and you should keep going until someone has reached 39 points in which case the winner should do a victory dance!

Game 2 – Think Quick!

Goal: Be the only person left standing.
Alternate goal: Have the most cards.
Equipment: Handshape Flashcards.
Players: Minimum of 4.
Age: 6+

The leader of the group picks up one card and everyone should take a turn to think of a sign correlating to the handshape chosen. For example: ‘flat hand’: shark, bed, smack, and so on. The first person who can’t think of a sign has to leave the game. The next person should choose a new card and this should continue until there is only one person left! Alternatively, the person who comes up with the most signs correlating to the handshape should keep the card, and the game should continue until all 39 cards have been played. The winner would be the person who has the most cards.


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Darlene Thornton

As a third-generation Deaf Australian, Darlene has been involved with teaching, training, researching and writing on Auslan, Auslan linguistics, Sign Language interpreting, and Australian Deaf History for over 20 years.

Being a voluntary Deaf Interpreter/Translator on and off for many years, Darlene has seen how this “industry” has evolved over time in Australia and has been involved with much dialogue on the development of the profession.

Her passions lie in both Auslan linguistics and Australian Deaf History – she enjoys the hunt and likes to explain how languages work.