Video: Open in Baby Sign Language

Signing: To do the open sign take both hands together with palms facing you. Move the two hands apart while rotating so that you end with the palms facing outwards. The sign looks like you are opening some windows.

Open in Baby Sign Language
Figure: Open in Baby Sign Language

Usage: Make the open sign when you are opening a window, and gradually expand the use to other open events, like opening a jar.

Open Flash Card Thumbnail

Flash Card: Click the link to view the Open Baby Sign Language Flash Card. The flash cards are printable and available in both U.S. Letter and A4 sizes.

Related Signs:

Door, Window.

3 Responses to “Open”

  1. Lizzie

    In your demonstration, the palms are facing outwards and then they rotate to face inwards. In your text description, you say that the palms are facing towards you so that when you sign, you rotate and the palms are facing outwards. Which is it????

    ADMIN – Hi Lizzie,

    Both are appropriate.

  2. Matt

    Would ‘closed’ be the opposite gesture? And the same when a place (store, library, playground) is open or closed? Thanks!

    ADMIN – Hi Matt,

    Yes, closed is the opposite motion.


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