Unlocking Literacy: Free Letter Sort Game for Early Readers

Sorting is a natural skill that a child learns early on when they are playing. Blocks, race cars, Legos…any collection of things can become a sort. While we generally think of sorting as a math skill, it is important for literacy skills as well.

Sorting helps build literacy skills because it involves identifying attributes and patterns. Think of a letter sort…a child learns which letters have curves, go below the bottom line, or reach the top line of a text.Patterns also emerge when a child recognizes al the rhymes in a poem.

To help your early readers find literacy success, use this simple letter sort game. It requires minimal preparation and can be differentiated based on the needs of the child. Use it as a fun center or small group activity. Let’s take a look…

You will need…

  • Cupcake tin (or cupcake paper liners)
  • Timer (optional)
  • Permanent Marker
  • Masking Tape
  • Scissors
1) Write each letter on a piece of masking tape. Attach tape to the bottom of each cup.

2) Download the FREE file at the end of this post. Laminate if desired, and cut out letters. Give your student at least 3 cards per letter.

3) Shuffle the deck and start the timer (optional). Begin with 3 minutes for the first rotation then reduce the time as the student repeats the activity. The goal is to sort all the letters within 1 minute. For a challenge, use a 12-piece cupcake tin.


Download this Letter Sort Freebie HERE.

If you like this activity, share it with a friend and be sure to PIN it to your favorite classroom Pinterest board.

I hope this activity helps you de-stress and save time as your kiddos enjoy the fun!

Love and Peace to all!

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