I‘ve been making a couple of little fishing games for my sons for christmas. They are very easy to make and, I think, will go down a treat.
I made a plastic set to play with in water (a bucket, bath, pan, paddling pool). And another set to play with on dry land.
All you need is a stick, some thread (or string/wool), a magnet, some paperclips and some paper or plastic for the fish. Click on the ‘read more’ link below for more details.
By the way, if you make any of my projects, let me know and I will add you to the ‘you create’ list on the right-hand side of this page. (Please send me a link to a photo or post on your blog).
My printer conked out so I cut all my fishy bones out by hand (see below)! If you fancy a quicker approach I’ve included a template for you to print off.
You will need:
♥ a stick for each player
♥ some thread (or string/wool)
♥ a magnet
♥ plastic (for the ‘wet’ version)
♥ paper (for the dry version)
1. First of all you need to collect a good stick to use as a fishing pole. I used a craft knife to shave off all the nobbles!
2. Tie your string to one end of the pole.
3. At the other end of the pole you need to attach a bead which has a magnet glued to it. The bead is important as it adds some weight to the end of the string which is pretty important if you are playing in water.
4. You can use any kind of plastic to make fish for the ‘wet’ version of this game. We seem to collect no end of the stuff in our recycle bin! Once you have cut out some fish shapes, punch a hole in the ‘nose’ and attach a paperclip – easy!
5. For the dry version you simply have to cut out some fish. If you want a pdf template click here. (For best results set your printer to ‘photo’ quality). Again, punch a hole in the ‘nose’ and attach a paperclip. I’ve added some dots to the reverse side of our fish so that it doubles up as a counting game.
If you have the time and inclination to make a ‘working’ fishing rod then check out this beautiful tutorial at imaginechildhood.
Because of all the small bits, this game is not really suitable for under 3’s
Please remember to fully supervise your kids around water at all times.