Children's Fishing Game Project
by Mary Ruthven
(Palm Coast, FL.)
The fish and sea creatures, each with a paperclip
If you want to make homemade gifts for kids then this project is for you!
My grandchildren LOVE getting handmade gifts and toys from me (Bless their hearts!) and I challenge myself each time, to come up with something inexpensive but yet something they will love. (I have 5 grandkids.) I made a HIT with this one!
Skill Level: Easy
- White cardstock or light cardboard (your choice)
- Coloring pencils, crayons or markers (your choice)
- Large paper clips
- Clear contact paper(optional)
- Small dowel
- 1 magnet(strong enough to stick to paper clips)
- Piece of string
Draw and color fish and sea life. You do not have to be an artist. Children will love your imagination!
The number of fish is your choice. I suggest that if the child is younger, limit them to six or so. If older, the sky is the limit.
For my older ones, I also wrote a number on the back of each fish. I even put "lose a turn" and "throw all your fish back" on some. This made it more of a game for them.
My youngest is two and he loves just "hooking them!"
I cut the fish out and covered each with clear contact paper. This will make them last a long time.
Slide a paper clip onto each fish. I gave each clip a few stitches at the curved end to keep them on for my youngest grandson. You are able to do this if they are covered with the contact paper.
To make pole, put glue on 3 or 4 inches at one end of dowel. Wrap one end of string over glue. Let dry. I covered the string with electrical tape, putting a dab of glue under end of tape just to protect string from coming undone. At other end,tie on magnet. I put mine in a little piece of material, gathered it and tied end of string to it.
This game will keep them interested for hours!Tip:
It's a great project to make with the kids. Let them draw and color their own fish or cut them out of a coloring book.
Check out more of Mary's craft ideas on her website www.craftingtales.com
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