Letter R Activities for Kids

Instructor: Maria Airth

Maria has a Doctorate of Education and over 20 years of experience teaching psychology and math related courses at the university level.

The old adage states that practice makes perfect. This lesson offers multiple activities to help your students practice with the letter R. Your students will participate in individual, collaborative, quiet and active games as they learn.

Why Letter Activities?

Learning letters can be a real struggle for some children. They must associate a new shape with a sound and remember not only the name but the sound of this new shape. A great way to get solid grounding in learning letters is to complete fun and active activities related to the letter. The activities offered here will help your young students get practice with the letter R.


Materials: magazines with a lot of pictures (to be cut), scissors, glue, R template

  • Print out large templates of the letter R (outlines of the letter). Give all students access to the magazines.
  • Instruct your students to find pictures of things that start with the letter R, cut those pictures out and glue them onto their R template to create a collage of R.
  • Some examples of R pictures could be a rope or even a red car. As long as the child can identify the R sound, it works.
  • Allow students to draw their own pictures, if desired.
  • When everyone is finished, allow time for your students to share their R collages with the class, identifying each picture and R sound as they share.

Be the R

Materials: digital camera

In this activity, your students will work together to form the letter R out of their own bodies.

  • Divide your class into groups of 3 or 4. Instruct each group to work together to make an R out of their own bodies. Take a picture of each group.
  • Show the pictures to the class and let your students vote on which group made the best R.
  • Have a class discussion about the shape of the R and what was easiest/hardest to do when forming it.

Sorting in Groups

Materials: small toys (animals, doll house furniture, etc.), small boxes

  • Divide your class into groups of four.
  • Give each group two small boxes: one empty and one filled with the small toys. Make sure every group gets the same number of items.
  • Tell your students that they will need to dump out their toy box and then sort the toys into 'R word' and 'Not an R word' piles (they can use the boxes to help sort).
  • After each sorting, check to ensure that all the answers are correct and then swap boxes so that each group gets to sort every box of toys.

Find the Rs

Materials: sign with printed names of all your students

This activity will help your students recognize both capital and lower case Rs.

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