Remedial Games for b/d, p/q or t/f Reversals

Every now and then a young reader reverses b, d, p, q, t, f .

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Remedial games are a fun way to  teach basics,

reinforce concepts,

strengthen recognition and help improve  their confidence!

First, I used the letter chart.

We drew pictures over the letters to reinforce the visual picture of the shape and the sound of the letter.



visual clues to reinforce letter shapes


  • b looks like a bat with a ball stuck to its right side, so we made a cricket bat and a red cricket ball.
  • the d looks like a dog with its tail up behind him, start d by drawing a dog body then its tail going up
  • a t could hold a tea-cup with tea in its base, draw the tea-cup in the base
  • the f is like a sunflower with its flower head flopping over at the top to the right
  • a p is a pig with a pointy foot in a puddle and then its big pig body, so draw the long pointy foot first, then its fat round body.  The foot goes down into the puddle so it goes below the writing line.
  • q is for a queen so we draw a crown on her head, her train flowing behind her and the servant u always walks next to her to hold up her train and keep an umbrella (u for umbrella) over her head so she won’t get sunburnt.

I made a letter dice and flash cards for several games:


dice with laminated cards


~ throw dice and select correct letter card

~ throw dice and find word ending with that letter

~compare differences in similar words

~ play snap

~colour letter in with whiteboard marker (on laminated card)

In just a few weeks any confusion should clear up if you play these games for few minutes every day.

Download the 4 page remedial game pages here ~b,d,t,f recognition game

(There are plenty of other worksheets and ideas, so if you need any, leave a comment and I’ll try upload a few for you.)

9 thoughts on “Remedial Games for b/d, p/q or t/f Reversals

  1. Wow what a great ideas! I learned much from your creativity. You are so kind for sharing all of these. And these will be of great help to my students. Thank you very much.


  2. Hi, I am currently tutoring 2 boys who are in grade 3 & 5 respectively. The boy who is in grade 3 still has a lot of trouble with reversing letters (especially b and d, & p and q). I was wondering if you had anymore worksheets please that cater for letter reversals mainly those letters mentioned above. Thanking you in advance.


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  4. Hi there. I just found your webwsite and I love it. Thanks so much for all you do. I am new to homeschooling. I have an 8 year old and an almost 2 year old. My oldest still has problems with reversals when he writes. He sees an OT, but I am thinking this would be helpful for him as well. And, if it’s ok with you, I’d like to add you link to my family website and share these activities with my son’s OT. Please let me know if that is ok.


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