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5 Tricky Lowercase Letters

Today we have lots of free printables for you that help kids recognize the typewritten forms of various lowercase letters!

You’ve probably noticed that some lowercase letters look different when they are handwritten than when they are typewritten. For example, take a look at lowercase letters A and G below.


different forms of lowercase a and g

Lowercase letters “q”, “t”, and “y” can be tricky for beginning readers, too. Fortunately, hands-on activities are an easy way to help your child become familiar with the different forms of these letters.

Fun Practice for Tricky Lowercase Letters!

Tricky Letters Lower Case A activity

Tricky Lowercase Letter A

A typewritten lowercase A looks very different than a handwritten lowercase A. Help your child learn to recognize three different styles of this tricky letter.

Tricky Letters Lower Case G activity

Tricky Lowercase Letter G

A handwritten lowercase G has an open loop or “fishtail,” while many typewritten forms have a closed loop. These activities will help your child recognize both!

Tricky Letters Lower Case Q activity

Tricky Lowercase Letter Q

Depending on whether it is handwritten or typewritten, lowercase Q can have a descender with a curvy or straight tail…or no tail at all! That’s extra tricky!

Tricky Letters Lower Case T activity

Tricky Lowercase Letter T

Lowercase letter T can also be written different ways. Most handwritten forms have a straight stick, while most typewritten forms have a bit of a curl at the bottom.

Tricky Letters Lower Case Y activity

Tricky Lowercase Letter Y

A typewritten Y is usually straight. A handwritten Y can be either straight or curvy. Can your child recognize all three?

Recognizing the various forms of lowercase A, G, Q, T, and Y is part of letter knowledge, one of the Big Five Skills that help kids prepare for learning to read.

girl working on tricky letter activity child drawing on a maze activity little girl shows her letter Y activity

Are you wondering if your child is ready for formal reading instruction? Download this checklist to measure your child’s reading readiness.

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Let me know in the comments below if your child enjoyed these letter recognition activities!

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Michelle

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Thank you so much for your free resources. My son had wonderful success with his Pre-Reading program. I am looking forward to continuing his success with these specific lowercase letter fun games. He absolutely loved all the games with Ziggy in Pre-Reading. These letter games will help him with his dyslexia and letter recognition. Thank you for caring and sharing these extra resources.

Robin E.

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You are so welcome, Michelle! It’s wonderful to hear that the Pre-read program is working so well for your son and that he enjoys it too!

Candice Layfield

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These free resources are amazing! Thank you!

Robin E.

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You are very welcome, Candice! Glad you like the resources!

Brianna

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Thanks for the intro to All About Reading! Brianna

Diana

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Thank you for these resources. My 4 year is keen to read and the various fonts for these letters always confuse him. It’s great he can see them all in one place together.

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Diana! I’m glad these can help your child master these tricky letters!

Jessica

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Great read! I believe this will help me teach my daughter the difference between! Thanks!

Robin E.

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Thank you, Jessica! I’m glad this will be helpful!

sonia

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I discover all about reading from a friend and my little girl just did wonderful and she is ahead of her spelling, writing and reading level. <3

Robin E.

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I’m so excited to hear that your daughter is doing so very well, Sonia! Thank you for sharing!

Bailey Winters

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My son is 2.5 and so curious about letters and their sounds. I hadn’t even thought about how fonts could make it even harder to recognize letters.

Carol

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Wow!! What a straightforward way to unlock something that adult vision take for granted. Thanks for reminding us that that can be tricky for children.

Robin E.

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Yes, great point, Carol! It’s easy as an adult to forget all the little steps and details it took to learn something.

Jessica

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Well this was a surprising find! So happy I stumbled upon it!!

Nicole

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These look amazing and fun!! Can’t wait to try for my son!

Robin E.

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Thank you, Nicole! I hope it’s a fun learning activity for your son.

Ginny Ivey

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This is so helpful! I actually just noticed my 6yo pausing when she was reading different books. I never thought to assume that she knew all the various forms of a letter.

Robin E.

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I’m glad this was helpful, Ginny!

Crystal

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This looks great! Fun and engaging!

Robin E.

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Thanks, Crystal!

Ashley D Jaggars

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Thank you for sharing these hints. I’m excited to start using them with my children.

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Ashley!

Amber Robinson

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Thank you for the resources. My son has thrived with AAR

Robin E.

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I’m happy to hear your son is doing well with All About Reading, Amber!

Toni

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I’ve been reading for so many years that I wouldn’t have even thought of this issue! So thank you for the wonderful reminder that typewritten letters can vary in appearance! My son is just learning to read, and I can see how it would be a very good idea to do these activities with him so he doesn’t get hung up on the different appearances. Thanks!

Robin E.

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Toni,
I’m glad this could remind you of a difficulty a new reader may have that may not be apparent to those of us that have been reading for so long! You’re welcome.

Olivia

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Thank you for the excellent free resources!

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Olivia!

Nicole R

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Thank you for the awesome resource! This is going to be very helpful.

Robin E.

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I’m glad this will be helpful for you, Nicole! You’re welcome.

Zhaleh George

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My son often mistakes these letters for each other. I’m excited to have him practice with these! :)

Robin E.

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I hope this is very helpful for your son, Zhaleh!

Christal

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Love these

Robin E.

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Thank you, Christal.

Neysa

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My daughter had a lot of trouble with b and d.

Robin E.

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That is a common difficulty for many children, Neysa. We address b and d confusion in our How to Solve Letter Reversals article. However, if you need additional help, please let me know.

Cindy

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Wonderful activities to help with lowercase letter case recognition! Thank you for these resources!

Robin E.

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You’re so welcome, Cindy!

Jane K

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I like how you can teach little ones that there are different ways to write letters. I believe it can help when teaching different forms of foreign language letters too! Every language has its own code or alphabet and it’s fun to learn!

Robin E.

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Great point, Jane! Thank you.

Erica Wylie

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We’ve been using AAS for several years and I appreciate how each lesson focuses on a specific phonogram.

Robin E.

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Thank you, Erica.

Ali M

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Thank you for these resources!

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Ali!

Allie G

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Great resources

Robin E.

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Thank you!

Tracy

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These would help my early reader so much!

Kalli Mangum

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These look wonderful!

Ines Montoya

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I love these! I can’t wait to introduce them to my son.

Amanda

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This looks great! My youngest is really solid with his capitals, I have been slow to introduce lower case. This should help!

Robin E.

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I’m glad these will help, Amanda!

Lena Shell

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These look so fun!