Hip Hip Hurrah! Lets Go Fishing!


So the kids are down for a nap and I’m onto our next project!

J has been wanting to go fishing for a while now but we just don’t think he has the patience for it just yet. At the playground, he often find long sticks and branches pretending they are fishing rods. He would catch catfish, jibberjabber fish, and salmon that would normally look a bit like a wood chip.

So today, we walked to our local Lowe’s and went shopping for “fishing equipment.”

It was also a good opportunity for these guys to burn off some excess energy that is made of pure toddlerhood.

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So after spending just $8!! We have the following materials:

  • 2 wooden rods/ dowels
  • Twisted Nylon Twine
  • 2 metal washers
  • Magnetic Tape (Not strong enough and ended up purchasing magnetic ceramic discs $2-3)

Materials sitting around at home:

  • Previous art work – painted by our very own little gnomes
  • Pencil for tracing/ drawing
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Sticky tape
  • Scissors
  • Sparkles
  • Tissues or cotton balls


I traced fish and crab shapes with pencil onto the backside of dried paintings by the kids. I folded the paper in half and cut out the shapes to be stuffed with tissues/ cotton balls and magnet. I glued the two halves together and glued wiggly eyes on the fish.


Then I simply tied the metal washer onto one end of the twine and tied the other end to the fishing rod (dowel). I taped the twine down on the dowel-end to secure the twine in place.

Then voila! We went fishing!


Uh oh! But it was not a fruitful fishing trip! The magnetic tape is too weak! It wouldn’t grab onto our washer and the fish were too heavy! Alas, the fishies lucked out this time! Tomorrow, we’re heading back to the hardware section to purchase some better magnets!


After carefully replacing the weak magnets with the new ones……let the fun begin!


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