DIY Fishing Game for Tots

I whipped this up during one of Bubbles' naps recently. I got this idea from a playgroup she goes to - it was such a hit with the kids!

What you need:
Pictures of brightly coloured fish (I Googled)
Large paper clips (the small ones require more hand-eye coordination and stronger magnets)
A magnet
Some string
An Ice-cream stick (or any equivalent)

What you do:
Laminate the fish pictures and cut them out (This is just for durability)
Slip a paper clip onto each of their mouths
Attach one end of string to the ice-cream stick. Use tape to secure.
Attach other end of string to your chosen magnet. Use tape to secure.

Tada! Now your tot can use the 'fishing rod' to 'catch the fishies'! Your very own fishing game :)

A whole lot of different things can be done with this. Have a who-catches-the-most-fish competition (with 2 or more kids). Learn about colours (Only the blue fishes!), numbers, or even types of sea creatures (if you print other stuff besides fish). You can even create a beautiful seabed base with fabric or crepe paper for your fishes to reside in. A whole underwater world.

I was really pleased that this took such little time to make!

Just to share, I did attempt to draw the fishes at first since that was how I saw it being done. Like this: 
Thankfully, I decided pretty quickly these weren't going to cut it, and printed photos off the Internet instead.

And guess what? When Bubbles woke up, she squealed upon seeing the colourful fishes. She then pointed at these red hand-drawn ones and said Not Nice, turned her attention to the colourful photos and said This Nice. She repeated the whole Not Nice - This Nice thing about 5 times.

Okay baby. Mummy agrees :) Thank God for the Internet.


Mum in the Making said...

WELL DONE! The fishing game looks great, and looks doable! :) But I have to disagree with Bubbles though. Red fish, nice too! :)

goolypop said...

Super loikey! You draw better fishy than I do! I will google barracudas n piranhas!!! Chomp chomp chimp! :p

pinkclothmicrophone said...

Haha... We did that too! Fun and easy to do...

sharmane said...

Excellent game! thanks for sharing. Ps: the red fishes r pretty too!

Corsage@A Dollop Of Me said...

Haha thanks! I guess she has the same taste as me. I can't complain =P

Whoa! I just googled red fish, blue fish etc etc.. =P Totally unscientific.

I can so imagine you doing this too! :)

Hope you get to do them at home too!

just me said...

i made these for mag last time too! she loved it... i think the hand drawn ones are nice too!

Corsage@A Dollop Of Me said...

mummy of two:
Looks like it is a well-loved idea :)

She's still trying to get the hang of it although she does like the bright colours very much :)

Miss Leney said...

You're so crafty! Maybe I can make these in the near future for baby m.. :)

Kelly said...

oh my, if Bubbles thinks your fish is "not nice", I'd hate to think what she'll say about mine =|

Corsage@A Dollop Of Me said...

I'm sure you'll be doing fun stuff like these too! Maybe you can make ahead of time. hehe

Wahaha! Well, we have the help of the internet =)

Poiema said...

So cute this Bubbles, with such a keen aesthetic sense!

Corsage@A Dollop Of Me said...

Haha, I don't always agree with her taste though! Esp when it comes to clothes (mine!)

Ruth said...

It's a great activity idea, thanks for sharing! This must be one of those games that all kids love :) I can't wait to make this for my boy!

Corsage@A Dollop Of Me said...

Ooh, do post if you do make them! I think this is a game that will last time them through a couple of years!

Unknown said...

looks great! my daughter loves to play with fishes and, we made some foam fishes for bath time