ABC Game: Letter Sort Curvy or Straight?

Activities for ages 2 to 4

Using an ABC game is one of the best ways to introduce the alphabet to your little ones. Our brains learn best when we use several senses at once, so this ABC game helps pre-readers use a variety of senses to help their brains remember the differences between letters.  In this ABC game, children reach into a cup and pull out a letter.  Then, they put that letter in one of three categories: curvy, straight or both.  Being able to look at the letter (sense #1) and then feel the shape of the letter’s sides (sense #2) is a helpful and entertaining way for children to learn about the alphabet.

ABC Game: Letter Sort Curvy or Straight?

ABC Game Prep:

  • A printout of the “Letter Sort” (right).
  • A pile of lowercase letters.  I used magnetic ones but foam or wooden letters work well too.  I like to introduce lowercase letters first because they are the most common letters used in books children read.
  • A cup.  My boys are prone to dropping things so I grabbed a plastic one.
  • A sock.


ABC Game: Letter Sort Curvy or Straight?

Fill a cup with a pile of lowercase letters and then place the cup inside a sock. Pull the sock completely over the cup and invite your child to reach into the sock and pull out a letter. (This is C’s favorite part!)



ABC Game: Letter Sort Curvy or Straight?


Then have your child sort it into the correct category: curvy, straight, or both.  If your child is learning the name of the letters, say the name for him.  If he already knows the letter names, ask him to name each letter as he goes along.

ABC Game: Letter Sort Curvy or Straight?


For More ABC Game Fun

For more ABC game fun try check out our 50 Fun ABC Games for Kids, ABC Alphabet Stamping and our ABC Games Pinterest Board!


About Malia Hollowell

Malia is a National Board Certified elementary teacher turned stay at home mama to three young kids {4.5, 3 and 1}. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Education {go Stanford!} and spent seven years teaching in a classroom. Since starting Playdough to Plato in 2012, her ideas have been featured in Parenting Magazine, Pinterest's Top Educational Pins and Kiwi Crate.


  1. How clever! I love this idea!!

  2. Thank you, Monica!!


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