Auslan Handshapes

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Ideas for MyAuslan flashcards and memory card games

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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.

Game 3 – Storytelling with your child

Goal: To create stories and to teach your child Auslan
Equipment: Handshape Flashcards
Players: Minimum of 2
Age: 2+

Ask your child to pick 5 to 7 cards and then put them into whatever order they would like. You now need to make a story that makes sense using only the handshapes chosen and in order. The funnier the better! Another version of this game is to use the die with your child and see what stories you can come up with. Bonus points for using the same signs more than twice!

Game 4 – Linked Storytelling

Goal: Be the first player to reach 39 points
Equipment: Handshape Flashcards
Players: Minimum of 2. Or as groups of 2 or 4 people against each other
Age: 6+

Pick a card, and choose a sign based on the handshape chosen. The next person does the same, and so on until it is your turn again. Choose another card to put next to your first card – the sign must link to the first card and you must keep going until you have the most cards. For example, ‘flat hand’ = shark, ‘claw’ = bite, ‘finger pointing’ = you; shark bites you! IMPORTANT! Your story must make sense! 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!

Enjoy!

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