Wednesday, June 16, 2010

How to Make a Fishing Game in Five Minutes

Got 5 minutes?  This game kept my almost 3-year-old son busy all afternoon.  His older siblings and their friends enjoyed it too!  That's a pretty grand payoff for the minimal time and materials required to make it all.  Simple summer games certainly work for me and my kids.  I think this could also be a fun VBS or birthday party activity as well.

What we used:
  • Wading pool (or other large container) with a bit of water 
          (indoor idea: bathtub)
  • Styrofoam egg cartons (craft foam would also work)
  • Shiny metal paper clips
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon (or string)
  • Old fishing poles (or sticks)
  • Magnet clip or magetic alphabet letter

    1. Cut fish shapes out of the foam.  Clip on a paper clip over each fish head.
    2. Tie a string to the fishing pole.  Instead of a hook, affix a magnet chip to the end of the line.
    3. Release fish into pool of water.   Instruct child to drag the magnet on the line near the fish "mouths" until the magnet sticks to the paper clip.  
    4. Count up how many fish get caught.
    This idea is linked to Kiddos Create, Show and Tell, and...



        Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

        This is s great game for my little guy! So creative and clever - TFS. Visiting from TT. Hope you are enjoying your week! ~Stephanie Lynn

        Love and Lollipops said...

        Thanks for popping by! I just love this idea. I have been meaning to make one similar using cardboard...and no water of course. This is so much better...using craft foam or polystyrene and adding water to the fun!

        Take care,

        Ashley Cotter-Cairns said...

        This is one of the cutest birthday ideas I've seen in a while! Please get in touch.

        Inspired2cook said...

        Impressive! I'm for sure making one of these this summer!!!

        Mama Jenn said...

        Oh my kids would love this!!! Thanks for linking up!

        Handkerchiefgal said...

        Brilliant! I made something like this but used magnets to make the fish out of and they sunk. This is way better and cheaper!