Much to my delight, Madeline really enjoys cute miniature toys and games (I was obsessed with my dollhouse growing up). I’ve seen people repurposing mint tins into all kinds of adorable miniature activities and wanted to come up with something of our own to try it out. Using magnetic letters, I created a letter match activity for Maddy to continue practicing her name for our current theme. This is great for in the car as well as anytime at home!
Craft/Activity/Snack: Magnetic Letter Match Travel Tin
Objective: Create a mini activity center using a mint tin, magnetic letters and a “name book”
Skills Utilized: letter recognition, name recognition, letter sounds, fine motor skills
Suggested Reading: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
Materials: magnetic letters (WARNING: MAGNETS POSE AS A CHOKING HAZARD FOR SMALL CHILDREN AND ARE EXTREMELY HARMFUL IF SWALLOWED. Use with caution and adult supervision for children that put items in their mouth), a clean mint tin, white paper, letter stickers or simply write the letters on the paper, scissors. Decorating materials are optional and the sky is the limit. I ended up just using some pretty wrapping paper but you could use stickers, ribbon, buttons, etc. You will need glue to add decorations.
I started by using some wrapping paper to cover the lid of the tin. Like I said, you can decorate as little or as much as you want!
Next, I used these cute letter stickers from the Target dollar spot to spell out her name on white paper.
I then cut the letters out and simply stapled together to make a flip book style name book. You can make this fancier but I just kept it basic, mainly because she was watching me the whole time asking “Is it ready? Is it for me, mama, please? Is it ready, mama?”
Next, arrange the letters and book in your tin.
Get matching! We discussed the letters, the sounds, her name, etc.
You could also add some paper and a crayon or small pencil for your child to practice writing the letters!
Ways to Expand Upon this Activity:
- Mix up the letters of your name and write down how many words you can create with them!
- Add the letters of middle and last names as well.
- Use number magnets to practice number recognition and adding/subtracting.
- As shown above, add small sheets of paper and a writing tool to practice writing your name, using the magnetic letters as a guide.