Sometimes kids have a difficult time recognizing the difference between one letter and the next. Sorting magnetic letters on sorting mats is a great way to help children learn to see the attributes that make each letter unique and ultimately learn how to identify each letter of the alphabet.
Sorting Magnetic Letters with Letter Mats
There are many different ways to sort letters. I have made a bunch of sorting mats that you can download at the bottom of this post. Kids can find the letters that have curves, straight lines, horizontal lines, vertical lines, diagonal lines, tails. They can find letters in their name, uppercase letters, lowercase letters, tall letters, and short letters.
Use a Cookie Sheet as a Magnetic Tray
Use the mats on cookie sheets or magnetic boards with magnetic letters. You can also use the sorting mats on on a table or tray with alphabet beads, ABC blocks, letter cards, letter stones, etc.
While I created many sorting mats for you to use, I recommend keeping it simple and using one at a time. I like to grab a handful of magnetic letters and place them on the bottom of a cookie sheet. Kids can examine the letters at the bottom of the sheet. The letters that meet the criteria listed on the sorting mat can be placed on the mat.
To download your sorting mats CLICK HERE.
Do you sort letters in another way? I would love to hear about it in the comments below.
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