ABC Game: Letter Sort Curvy or Straight?

Activity for ages 2 to 5.

Playing 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.

To play Letter Sort, 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.

Free ABC sorting mat. Is the letter curvy, straight or both

Getting Ready

To play the game, you’ll need:

  • A printout of the “Letter Sort” (here).
  • 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.

Fill the 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 my son’s favorite part!)

Awesome ABC Game for Kids!

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?

Continue sorting until all of the letters are in their just right spot.

That’s it! Pretty easy, huh?!

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Malia Hollowell

Malia Hollowell

Malia is a National Board Certified elementary teacher turned stay at home mom to three young kids {5, 3 and 1}. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Education {go Stanford Cardinal!} and spent seven years teaching in a classroom before taking time off to raise her little ones.
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  1. How clever! I love this idea!!

  2. Just wondering where I can access the template for this sort. Thank you for your generosity!

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