Reversing letters p and q are a common struggle for young children just learning to write. If you’ve noticed your kindergarten, first, or second grade child confusing letter and letter q while reading or writing, you should know it is a common challenge as kids develop early writing skills!

Black and white worksheets with p and q letter reversals lying on top of a blue-green sheet with multicolored letters on a light brown background.
p and q are one of the most common letter reversals.

Letter p & Q Reversal strategies for Kids

Multisensory activities are best when helping a child master new skills – so grab our free printable p and q letter reversal worksheets. Click on the green button to download the letter p and q reversal worksheets:

Our free activity pack is an excellent resource that includes 4 worksheets with activities to help young learners address p and q letter confusion. This low-prep freebie is great for classroom teachers or parents of young students.

Why Do Kids Confuse p and q?

The journey of letter recognition and correct letter formation involves many steps, and sometimes, young children find similarly shaped letters confusing. The causes of letter reversal issues are many: For example, there are many similar-looking letters such as letters b and d, letters m and w, letters u and n, and of course, letters p and q. These letters look almost exactly the same, they are just pointing in different directions.

The best way to help kids distinguish similar letters is through lots of practice, fun games, and multi-sensory activities. With a little bit of practice using these free worksheets, your elementary student will be able to master their new writing skills.

p and q letter activity packet document samples

Should I be concerned about dyslexia?

You should be aware — but not necessarily concerned. Backward letters are a common and noticeable symptom of dyslexia but are definitely not the only symptom. Reversed letters can also be symptoms of working memory issues, visual processing challenges, or attention difficulties. But the most common feature of kids who reverse some letters is that they are learning to write and just haven’t yet mastered all the skills they need.

Related article: Is My Child Dyslexic?

If you are concerned, you should always talk to your pediatrician. The impact of early intervention is so great for learning challenges, that there is no reason you shouldn’t make your pediatrician aware.

I’m still worried. Where can I find more information 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.

Screenshot of a black and white screenshot with p and q letter reversals
Is it p or is it q?


These worksheets have tracing practice – have your child trace the letters at the top and use visual cues to fill in the blanks with the correct letter.

Screenshot of a black and white screenshot with p and q letter reversals
Do you know the right reversal letter for each word?

CUT OUT AND Complete the Word — p and q edition

Have your child cut out the lowercase letters p and q and then invite them to glue the correct letter on the images.

Screenshot of a black and white screenshot with p and q letter reversals
Which letter is in the middle? p or q?


Grab your crayons and color the picture with different colors according to the letters and your own color code, and see what figure is shown. Is it a p or a q?

Screenshot of a black and white screenshot with p and q letter reversals
Do you know the right reversal letter for each word?


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:

d and b

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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