Kindergarten Worksheets > Reading Skills > Distinguishing letters
Many letters in the English alphabet are very similar in formation. Also, there are both uppercase and lowercase letters for children to learn to identify. The worksheets on this page will give a child important practice distinguishing between similarly shaped letters, which is a much needed pre-reading skill.
More letter identification activities and letter awareness games to try at home
- Give your child an index card with a letter printed on it when you go shopping together. Ask him to look for that letter and place a hash mark on the card each time he finds it.
- Create a challenging Match Game by putting pairs of letters on small squares of paper or tagboard. Select letters that are similar, such as the b and d or n and r.
- Give your child a magazine and let her pick a letter. The ask her to find that letter and circle it every time she sees it in the magazine. Various fonts will make this game challenging.
- Write individual letters on small squares of paper and hide the pieces throughout your house. Select letters that are similar and ask your child to find all of the papers with a specific letter.
- Create a Match Game that pairs an uppercase letter with the matching lowercase letter.
- Write a string of uppercase letters on a piece of paper. Draw a line about 2 inches below the letters and ask your child to write the corresponding lowercase letter under each uppercase letter.
- Spread some plastic letters on the floor and ask your child to grab the letter that you request as quickly as possible. How many can he grab in 30 seconds? Can he try again and beat his previous record?
- Tell your child to close her eyes as you hand her a plastic letter. Ask her to feel the letter and identify it, keeping her eyes shut.
- Use your finger to “write” two similar letters on your child’s back. Ask your child to identify the first letter and then the second letter that you “wrote.”
- Use your finger to “write” two letters on your child’s back. Sometimes write the same letter twice and other times write two similar letters. Your child must name the letters and tell you if they are the same or different.