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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Keep 'Em Busy: Camping {Magnetic Fishing Game}

27 weeks ago (don't you love how Pinterest keeps track of that?) I pinned this:

I've seen it several times again when I've looked through my "Keep 'Em Busy" board, but a)little boy socks aren't nearly as cute as little girl socks for a project like this and b)little boy socks tend to get a lot more worn out than this but I couldn't bring myself to buy new socks (they can be expensive!) just for this project.

Then it hit me! I don't have to use socks. I could use anything really...felt for example. And so our magnetic fishing game started to take form...
This game turned out to be a great distraction for our little guy while camping. Daddy went fishing one day and the little guy wasn't allowed to go along, so I decided we'd do some fishing of our own! I had just finished making the fish, so it was perfect timing.
We used a little toy fishing pole while camping, but you could easily (and we did at home for the picture above) make a fishing pole. You can really see your little one practicing that eye-hand  coordination, so there's more benefit than just the fun! 

To make your fishing pole:

  • You'll need a "stick" of some sort. We used a bamboo pole  (not sure if it was real)  from the dollar store and cut it in half.
  • Yarn or string ( the yarn may work better with little ones as I think it's harder to get tangled)
  • Paper clip
Tie the yarn to one end of the stick/pole and then tie the paper clip to the other end. That's it!

To make your magnetic fish:
  • Felt in several colors (I found a nice package at the dollar store)
  • Tacky glue
  • Scissors
  • Magnets (they should be fairly strong ones)
  • Fish shape (I search Google images for a fish silhouette, picked this one, and then re-sized it to the size I wanted my fish)

Cut two pieces of felt in the same color using the fish shape as a guide/pattern.

Glue the magnet to one of the felt pieces near the mouth/eye area of the fish. Glue the second piece of felt to the first so that the magnet is sandwiched between the two pieces.
Repeat until you've made several fish. Let the fish dry and then you'll be ready.
Good luck fishing!

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  1. Ok, this is another fantastic post! I am loving clicking through your blog!

    If you're interested, I'd love for you to share at my Teaching Time Linky. Feel free to link up as many things as you'd like!


  2. I love that! That is such a cute idea for kids. Thank you for sharing and thank you for visiting me at Inspirations by D, enjoyed your visit:-)

  3. One fish, two fish, I just love that blue fish :)

    What a great game to keep the little ones busy. And, hopefully there won't be too many stories about the fish that got away that was THIS big :)

  4. How fun!!! My kids would love this!
    Thanks for sharing with my Super Link Party! :-)

  5. This is awesome! New GFC and Pinterest follower via your comment on the Young Nesters blog post about entertaining kids on road trips.
    Check out my blog and follow me back if you like. Thanks!
    Have a great weekend!! :)

  6. Oh so CUTE and fun!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  7. So fun! I bet you any money that the adults end up having just as much fun playing with as the kids do~ Thanks so much for sharing at Etcetorize this week!


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