Two days ago I decided that my next post was going to be on sorting letters of the alphabet because every time I teach letters I make my own sorting mats. This is a great skill for children to practice, not only because it is a grade level expectation for children, but because it is a skill that teaches children how to organize data and focus on grouping based on similarities and differences.  When children can do this with letters of the alphabet it gives them a stronger memory recall for the letter formation and the aspects that make up a letter.

Usually the mats I make have three columns and usually look something like this: Alphabet Sorting mat.

Other ways to sort include 1) upper and lower case, 2) tall letters, short letters,  and letters “with a tail.” 3) letters in my name vs letters not in my name, etc.

Casey must have read my mind because she shared with me this AWESOME idea from a cool blog.

You can make your own game pieces the way she did, you can use magnetic letters, or other loose alphabet pieces you have around the house, or you can cheat all together and buy the following game from lakeshore:

#### 3 Comments on Sorting Letters of the Alphabet

1. ###### Casey
June 10, 2011 at 1:19 pm (7 years ago)

I’m pretty sure our brains are connected some way. The Dollar Tree sells letter magnets… \$1 for the whole alphabet. We have 2 sets. They also sell numbers with magnetic +, -, x, / and = symbols as well.

2. ###### kim@too much time
June 10, 2011 at 4:23 pm (7 years ago)

WOW! Glad you found me, because now I am going to make those sorting mats for my kids! My son (2 1/2) has an intense aversion to those magnet letters. Whenever he gets his little fingers on some he throws them hither and yon and they are ALL OVER the house, being chewed by the dog, being stepped on (ouch)in the middle of the night…you get the idea. SO that’s why i needed an alternative and the milk caps are so easy, well other than being patient enough to collect enough for a whole game! Ha Ha

I would guest post for you anytime! I am an elem teacher who is home with my kids for a few years and always enjoy a chance to explore that teacher side! Could I maybe do something for you in July or August?

Thanks again for the shout out!