Here’s a classic game that’s pretty easy to make. Using magnets and metal paperclips, you can create a little fishing game quickly and inexpensively. Plus, it’s cute.
For our game we used the following items, if you want to follow my ‘recipe’.
1. Felt in different colors (I used 4 colors).
2. Twine (the fishing line)
3. A long, thin stick for each player (the fishing rods)
4. Large metal paperclips
5. Button magnets
6. A paper template of your fish shape
8. A Pen that will draw on felt
9. Optional – Embroidery thread and needle
Not included in the picture but may help: Hot glue and Wiggle Eyes
Assemble your fish. You can make as many or as few as you like. I made a total of 20 fish, 10 yellow, 6 orange and 4 pink, + 1 green turtle.
Print out my fish and turtle template at 100% (or make your own) and cut out the shapes. 1 & 2. Use the fish shape as a pattern to trace fish onto your felt and cut them out. 3. Slip paperclips onto each fish and glue on wiggle eyes (if you want).
To create the rods and ‘bait’ you simply need a string tied to a stick with a magnet at one end, which will stick to the little paperclips. Because little magnets can be a real danger if there are small children around who may swallow them, you can opt to sew your magnet into a little pouch instead of gluing it on.
If you want to glue your magnet onto your rod, [see above] just cut a little circle of felt and sandwich the end of your string in between the magnet and the felt and glue together.
If you want a hidden and encased (although not quite as sticky) magnet, [see above] 1. cut two circles of felt slightly larger than your magnet, and 2. use embroidery thread to whipstitch around the outside edges. 3. Pull your string through to the inside and knot securely, then slip your magnet inside. 4. Finish stitching around the edges.
Here are how all the pieces looked:
Now your kiddo can go fish! The rules of our game seemed to vary quite a bit, but basically the different colors equalled different points, for example: 5 points for pink, 2 points for orange, 1 point for each yellow.
Each player tries to catch a fish (or two) without picking up the turtle, and whoever has the most points at the end wins. If you get the turtle, you have to put all your fish back.
You and your kids can make up your own rules. This could be done lots of ways, so do what works for you.