Here fishy fishy…

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)
♥ paperclips
♥ holepunch
♥ superglue

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.



47 Comments Leave yours

  1. Jenn #

    How adorable! I’d love a template to go by! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Squeaks #

    Oh yes please! These are the nicest example of little fish that I’ve seen!

  3. Katie #

    ooh, a template would be fabulous! I agree with Squeaks, these are the nicest example of little fish! I’ve been looking for one for ages that I could use in my Spanish classroom, and these would be fantastic!

  4. crafty mom #

    Love this! The template would be great. What a great site you have. Made your play dough last week and it was so much fun!

  5. Martin #

    Great site! Lovely and gorgeous fishes! I’d like to print the template! Just a beautiful present for my daughter Carmela! Great fun!

  6. I am THRILLED to have discovered your site! I only wish I had found it a bit earlier as there are so many ideas I’d love to try for Christmas! I love your creativity and again, thanks for the inspiration!!!

  7. Kate #

    Thanks all for the lovely comments……I’ve now added a template to this post. Happy fishing!

  8. justine #

    omg! who are you? i was just going to google a craft like this for my sons dr seuss birthday party this weeknd to go with the one fish two fish book! this is perfect. its like you sent this to me personally. youre an angel. thank yo. much lovelier than i couldve dreamed. cant wait to red fish blue fish with the kiddos! im your newest biggest fan.

  9. Hi Justine, your comment made me laugh…glad you like them. Have an ace party. Dr Seuss theme sounds v cool. Would love to think that green eggs and ham are on the menu!

  10. T #

    You rock!

  11. Esmeralda #

    GENIAL!!!! Me encanta el sitio, os sigo hace un tiempo, todo precisoso.

  12. marian #

    my congratulations. simple, lovely and fun!

  13. I adore it!! tomorrow i will link you in my baby blog

    Greetings from Spain :D

  14. Kate #

    Many thanks Tururu,

    Greetings back to Spain! :)

  15. I did the same some months ago- but with cardboard onto which I glued paper my daughter coloured. I like the plastic version for the bathtub and the other ones look very nice too!

  16. I made some for my son last summer, but this is way cuter :)
    Thanks for sharing!

  17. cool! they have to be great for playing in the bath!

  18. What is the plastic you used for yours? I love it, but can’t seem to think what would have plastic like that.

    • LAUREN #

      NOT SURE HOW OLD THIS COMMENT IS, BUT I STUMBLED ON THIS POST RECENTLY. I FOUND SOME PLASTIC COLORED Portfolio folders AT Walmart (COULD BE FOUND AT ANY OFFICE SUPPLY) The folders were only 50 cents and I was able to find 6 different colors. It would make enough for 2 pages of each color.

  19. Andrea #

    Also looking to know what the colored plastic is that you used…?

  20. Kate #

    Hi Rachel and Andrea,

    Sorry for the delay in response…the plastic is some colored acetate that I have had for years. I made some other fish from empty milk bottles (and other plastic food packaging) and they were great…not as pretty but great nonetheless!

  21. Dee #

    Hi Kate,

    I have just discovered your site, as a child care worker and studying to be a teacher there are some great resources here. Just as a game suggestion in a large or small group these could have songs or actions written on them, and each time they are fished out of the pond the songs could be sung or actions done (as part of a fitness activity even). Love the site and the ideas!!

    Thanks, Dee

  22. tracie #

    Really cute fish, thank you, you have saved me time.

  23. Hi Kate,
    I just did this, last night and my daughter loved it. I used some lids from ice cream boxes to make the fish and a big wooden spoon for the rod (because I totally forgot to search for a stick) and they turned out great. You can see them here:
    The article is in Romanian, but the pictures are clear and I also added a video of my daughter fishing and saying “Let’s catch some fishies” in her 3 year old language. Thanx for sharing this with us!

  24. i love the use of plastic so they can get wet! what a great idea!

    here’s what we’ve done…


  25. Great post! Lovely ideas. Excellent option as a game for any age group, get-together or parties. Now I know what good use to put that pear tree branch that I just stopped my husband from putting out for the recycle truck :) !

  26. Wow oO)

  27. Susan Johannessen #

    Hello from Australia. Thanks for all the wonderful ideas. I am a piano teacher and like to include games and craft in my teaching. Just about to start working on a fishing game – so finding your site (via Handmade Living magazine) was great timing!

  28. Merci pour cette bonne idée, mise en pratique aujourd’hui même !
    Thank you for this good idea, I tried today !

  29. Deebi27 #

    Oh my, your fish are darling and thank you so much for the pdf. My class will love these!

  30. Ellen #

    I love these, and I know my children will too! Thanks so much for making them available :)

  31. Cathy #

    LOVE THE FISH!! when you say plastic fish….where can i buy those?

  32. Cathy #

    can’t find the “read more” link?

    • Kate #

      Hi Cathy…if the page has a comments section then the post i open in full…therefore the ‘read-more’ section isn’t visible. Hope that makes sense.

      I used some sheets of coloured plastic to make the fish (available from ebay). You can use plastic packaging though…just as good, and it’s free.

      Good luck!

  33. Cathy #

    hey! can you tell me where i can buy that cute fish paper punch? thanks so much!

  34. I loved your blog … I loved the ideas!!!

    Eu adorei seu blog e suas ideias!!!



  35. It’s really perfect for game at children birthday party. I’ll keep this one for my daughter first birthday party next year. Haha.. Thank youuu :D

  36. jgoplog #

    it is fun! Btw,I most like ‘Finshing v3.0′ for android phone,It’s hard to find but it’s there:

  37. DianeMargaret #

    I’m REALLY hoping those awesome colors print out with the template!!! Then I can just cut around and laminate!!! Done…that simple!!!

  38. Thank you for sharing this great idea! You inspired us for a homemade toy – I’ve described it here –

  39. Hello. I love this design and finally got around to making a version in felt to use in my library Storytimes with the nursery rhyme and song “One, two, three, four, five. Once I caught a fish alive.” Thanks for providing the template – great in it’s simplicity.

  40. limaloon #

    These fish are great and the perfect for my chore chart. :] Thank you for making the template it is wonderful.

  41. Karthika #

    That’s so lovely. My daughter likes fishing games. She used to play with strings. I’m going to make one dry version for her today. Thanks a lot for the lovely idea

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