One amazing thing about the human brain is its ability to recognize a letter – for example, the letter ‘r’ – almost no matter how it is written. So whether you see the letter ‘r’ written neatly by hand, hastily scribbled on paper, or printed in any of a thousand different fonts, your brain is likely to recognize it as an ‘r’ with ease.
However, kids who are just learning their letters likely won’t accomplish this same task with ease. They need practice to understand that an italicized ‘t’ with a curvy bottom is the same letter as a printed ‘t’ made with two straight, perpendicular lines.
In the next installment of my 101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet Series I am sharing a printable Funky Fonts Letter Sorting activity you can use to help kids learn to identify letters written in a variety of fonts.
Start by printing the funky font letters you wish for your child to work on. Cut them into separate letter cards.
To make the activity more fun, you can create a “letter hunt” by spreading the letters out on a table.
Or you can place the letters into a sensory bin, as I did here with a container filled with black beans.
Have your child collect the letters and sort them into columns for each letter.
My Funky Fonts Letter Sorting printable comes in uppercase and lowercase versions. You can print the letters in black and white. Or for kids who could use a bit of extra help, print the colored version which provides additional clues as to which letters are the same.
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More ways to teach to the alphabet
More alphabet printables from Gift of Curiosity:
- Road Letters
- Letter Pin-Punching Pages
- Letter Puzzles
- Beginning Sounds Alphabet Clip Cards
- Alphabet Lacing Cards
- Dot Sticker Uppercase and Lowercase Letter Matching
- Q-Tip Painted Letter Pages
- Letter Slap Alphabet Game
- Beginning Sounds Bingo