This Mom Created a Travel Learning Set That’s Educational, Fun & Inexpensive

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Miniature Alphabet Kit

This mom found a way to get her 4-year old excited about reading! 

Finding new activities for kids to learn & stay busy from home can be tough, and gathering supplies can get costly! Hip2Save reader, Kay, accomplished both of those goals when she repurposed her miniature collection into an adorable Micro Miniature ABC Learning Set!

Kay has collected cute miniatures for years. Her three small kids have come to share her enthusiasm, so she took advantage of that excitement to make this adorable alphabet kit!

hand showing small minature items

“I found the perfect storage container on Amazon. Then, I got miniature alphabet stickers at Dollar Tree, and I gathered cute miniature objects from a collection I’ve been growing for years. I find the cutest miniature objects at retail stores, craft stores, dollar stores, online, yard sales, my kids’ toys, etc.

The set is so small, it fits perfectly inside my purse or backpack. I travel with it because my 4-year-old loves this activity. We used it almost every day during vacation last week. I ask her which letter it is, if it’s a vowel or a consonant, which sound(s) it makes, to trace the letter, then to label and pronounce the objects inside the letter box.

My 4-year-old is way beyond the stage of putting things in her mouth. She’s also old enough to appreciate the miniatures and to be careful with them; so no pieces go missing. Most importantly, this set gets her super excited to learn the alphabet, build vocabulary, and work on sensory skills. Plus, it gives us an opportunity to spend time together.”

plastic box with letters on outside and little objects inside

Thank you, Kay, for sharing this idea with us! What an awesome way to spend quality time with your child while having fun with learning!

If you’re feeling inspired to find more activities for your kids, we have a list of kids craft ideas we think you’ll love!


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Comments 24

  1. Wendee

    I’m totally saving this and going to start collecting miniatures! What a cute idea! Thanks for sharing ❤️❤️

    • Kay

      Thank you. Have fun starting ur collection of miniatures.

  2. Luv

    Great idea. I’m going to try something similar for my soon to be 3 year old. Thank you for sharing. 🌸

    • Kay

      Thank u. Ur 3yo will luv it.

  3. Couponanimal

    Very cute idea!

    • Kay

      Thank u

  4. Patti

    I made this years ago for a learning center in my kindergarten class. I used small clear plastic tubs with an alphabet label on each one. It was their absolute favorite center to play in! It really helps with learning their beginning sounds.

    • Kay

      Yes, it’s a hit with most kids. I made a set of blend boxes too for objects that start with ch, sh, bl, etc

  5. tara-5

    Awesome! Just bought mine! Thanks for the great tip!!

    • Kay

      Thanks. The link they used was incorrect, but I told them n the link is correct now. Click on link again for correct storage container.

  6. franny5

    As a primary level reading teacher, I thank you so much! You don’t know how many kids come to school not know letter names and sounds! It really puts them behind and then they struggle to read and keep up with their peers! I love this idea

    • Kay

      Thank u for ur input. It’s great to know that, besides many wonderful moms, a caring teacher appreciates this project too.

  7. SueJo

    Love this!!!

    • Kay


  8. Kaihli Vang

    I’m so glad Kay shared her amazing ideas, –how educational and so much fun!

    • Kay


  9. K. Nazario

    I bought containers to this as an activity with my six year old to make for her little sister. This compact size is so much better than what we got from dollar tree! Thanks for sharing!!

    • Kay

      I originally made a larger set with containers from Dollar Tree too. I luv their miniature storage containers. I love my larger set that I use at home. It’s small enough to fit in shoebox n transport as well, but I luv how this micro set fits in my purse.

  10. tipaye

    How cute!

    • Kay


  11. mrsbee

    The link to the box on Amazon shows that 4 of the small boxes are linked together. But the picture shows one individual box (M) for each letter. Did Kay separate the boxes somehow? I love the idea and plan to make one for my 3 year old grandson. Thank you Kay for your project.

    • Kay

      Great catch. I caught it too. I clicked on the original link n noticed it’s not the same item I used. I informed H2S, n they corrected the link. Try now. Good luck.

  12. jennifermagindupont

    How did you find all these miniatures? They look expensive. Trying to do this a cheaper way….

    • Kay

      Yes, miniatures r so delicate that they can b expensive. For me, since I’ve been collecting for years, it was more of a repurposing project, n I didn’t need to spend a lot of money. Good luck.

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