Frequently reversing the letters b and d is a common struggle for early writers. If you’ve ever noticed your kindergarten, first, or second grade child struggling with b and d reversals, you’re not alone. Backward letters are a common occurrence as kids master early writing skills, and b and d are the most commonly confused.

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These b and d reversal worksheets are great for a beginning reader.

Letter B & D Reversal Exercises

We can help you tackle this challenge in a fun way – free printable and d letter reversal worksheets. Our free activity pack is a multisensory resource that includes 4 worksheets with different activities to help young learners address these tricky letters. Click the green button to download and print the b and d letter reversal worksheets:

Why Do Kids Confuse b and d?

The journey of letter recognition and correct letter formation involves many steps, and sometimes, young children might find certain letters like b and d confusing. This common occurrence is due to the similarities in their shapes. This is known as ‘letter reversals’, but adding these free worksheets to your lesson plans can help your learner master these early writing skills.

Black and white worksheets with b and d letter reversals lying on top of blue-green and purple sheets with assorted crayons on a dark grey background.

Does this mean my child is dyslexic?

The short answer: no, reversing letters does not necessarily mean your child is dyslexic.

The longer answer: reversing letters is one symptom of dyslexia. But there are many. Kids who reverse letters may also struggle with visual processing, working memory, or attention challenges. While letter reversals are a sign of dyslexia, they are certainly not the only sign. And letter reversals are extremely common as young kids are learning to read and write. (If you have concerns about dyslexia or other learning disabilities, you should always talk to your pediatrician.)

Related article: Is My Child Dyslexic?

I’m still worried. Where can I find out more about dyslexia?

I understand — I have a child with dyslexia. And I worried a lot. Your pediatrician is always your first line of defense. But it is important that you learn what dyslexia is and what dyslexia is not. You can find more information from the Mayo Clinic and the International Dyslexia Association. I also really like this article about the Myths about Dyslexia.

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Let’s complete the words!

b and d Tracing Practice

Lowercase b and d are one of the most common letter reversals. These worksheets have tracing practice designed for young kids who struggle with letter orientation. After that, kids can use visual cues to fill in the blanks with the right letter.

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Do you know the correct sound and shape for each letter?

Cut Out b and d to complete the words

In this activity, help the kid cut the b and d lowercase letters and then invite them to paste the right letter on the right image. Is it bice or dice? *giggles*

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Now let’s get some coloring activities too!

Color by Letter – b and d edition

Can you see the lowercase letter b in this coloring page? Grab your crayons and color the picture according to the letters and your very own color code.

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Time to get your foam letters!

Read It & Build It

Looking for a multisensory approach? This read-it-and-build-it activity is a fun way to use your magnetic or foam letters. Let your kid read the word and then build it using the letters.

Need help with other reversed letters?

Download other letter activity packs:

p and q

n and u

m and w

Understanding the importance of muscle memory and fine motor skills in writing is essential. Kids need to develop the muscles required for controlled hand movements. Our free worksheets offer a great way to engage kids in fun activities that enhance their fine motor skills, providing them with the tools they need to master letter formation.


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