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What are good typefaces for use with children's signage (don't say Comic sans). Im looking for something playful yet legible. By children, I mean elementary school age (and younger).

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This question is a little like askin "what kind of pencil should i use for drawing" In a sense.. It doesnt matter that much as you can draw with anything that leaves a mark really. So i guess im saying that it just depends on how you feel like. There could be hundreds of good fonts out there. –  Joonas Sep 7 '11 at 20:24
    
I'm sure there are hundreds of good typefaces for this task. But I'm not familiar many faces other than the few I use with my word processor. Yes, you can draw with anything that leaves a mark but a novice still needs guidance as to the best tools for certain tasks. –  Ken Sep 7 '11 at 20:34
    
Its not specific i know but rather than telling you specific fonts, i would say look up different ones in places like dafont.com for example. And searchfreefonts like laurem ipsum linked –  Joonas Sep 7 '11 at 20:39
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I'm fond of Lemonade. Surprisingly readable for all that it's "cutesy."

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If Lemonade won't work for you, try VAG Rounded, Adera (especially Adera Display) or even Arial Rounded. They all work well in this context because the letterforms are standard but friendly, and you can always add "playful" using colors, puffy bevels, baseline shifts and character rotations.

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Also, handwritten fonts are often the type ( much like lemonade ) –  Joonas Sep 8 '11 at 7:26
    
+1. I myself have a preference for rounded fonts (over handwritten) fonts for this kind of purpose –  Oxinabox Jul 21 '12 at 13:35
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If you want to get away from faux handwritten typefaces but want something that looks child (and presumably parent) friendly you could try a softer looking typeface with warm overtones like:

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