Kid's ASL sign for butterfly

Meaning: An insect with two pairs of large wings that are covered with tiny scales, usually brightly colored, and typically held erect when at rest.

butterfly kid drawing

This is a butterfly.

drawing of the butterfly by kid

A drawing of the butterfly by Juli at age 4;3.

Phonological acquisition:

The ASL sign for BUTTERFLY in young children takes much longer time to produce accurately than many other ASL signs because of the complex process involving the thumbs and the crossed part of the sign (similar case with BEAR).