Confusing Letter Hop Mat

Learn to recognize the differences between tricky letters! This floor mat teaches the sounds and distinctive shapes of commonly-confused letters.


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Make teaching and learning tricky letters fun – not difficult!

Learning the letters of the alphabet can be challenging for young readers. Did you know your phonics lesson can include games to learn letters that your preschool or kindergarten class will love? Teach letters using movement with the Confusing Letter Hop Mat!

This floor mat lists four pairs of often-confused lowercase letters – u and n, w and m, b and d, and p and q. These letters are printed in large, bold type on colorful blocks. Additionally, each block has an illustration of a vocabulary word that starts with the letter. The bright colors and lively pictures will capture any visual learner’s interest.

Furthermore, this mat makes it easy to add speaking exercises to your lesson for auditory stimulation. Differentiate between and learn the letter sounds by reciting the vocabulary words and using them in a sentence. Best of all, kinesthetic activities will boost students’ retention and comprehension of the alphabet.

Kids learn better when they are active and moving around. Movements can be as simple as stepping, jumping, or just tracing the letters with a finger. They participate in learning-letters activities while developing fine motor skills.


Learning letters is fun!

No more sitting at desks where frustration over worksheets can fester. This mat opens up possibilities for tons of movement-based activities to teach children the letters of the alphabet. Be sure to check out our activity database for more kindergarten and preschool letter activities and fun alphabet games!

Play a letter-matching game by finding the letter in a sentence and then on the mat. Practice letter formation by tracing the letters on the mat and then writing them on the board or on paper. Create your own fun game for the kids in your class.

Teaching letters with kinesthetic activities could be the breakthrough young readers need, especially those who struggle with learning disabilities such as dyslexia. Watch your class’s letter recognition and differentiation soar as a result of using creative letter-learning games.

With this durable floor mat, learning the alphabet will be fun for years to come! Learning how to read will come easy with kinesthetic activities for kids.


Also available: For more letter and word recognition activities, check out our Alphabet Hop, Vowel Hop, and “th” Words Hop floor mats!


Product Details

Materials: Our floor mats are made from heavy-duty vinyl. They are easy to clean, durable, and long-lasting. Some teachers have used their mats for over 10 years!

Dimensions: 22 x 85 inches

Includes: u, n, w, m, b, d, p, q


Check out our material FAQ page for more information and instructions on caring for your floor mat.


Sample Activity: The Letter Hop

  • Have students begin on “Start Here”.
  • Have a student jump on the letter “b” and say the letter’s name, the name of the picture, and the letter’s sound. So the student will say “b, ball, bbb.”
  • Repeat this with each of the letters on the mat.
  • Challenge students to come up with another word that starts with the letters when they are ready.


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