The Magnetic Fishing Game
This is a game I have made many times with my kids along the way. Depending on how much time you have (and the concentration level of your kids) you can make it simple and easy or drag it out to last the whole day! It can be a great to use as a travel game too, pop it all in a cute little box and take it on the next road trip.
For ages: 3 to 8 (so long as the 3 year old isn’t prone to popping things in the mouth!)
What you’ll need:
- A magnet
- A piece of string or wool
- PVA glue
- Wooden pole – chopstick, stick from a tree, bamboo skewer or even a long pencil
- Nuts, bolts, fridge magnets, paper clips
- Paper or felt
- Coloring pencils
- A box or paper bag
1. Tie or glue the magnet to the piece of string, attach it to the wooden pole and allow to dry.
2. Draw a bunch of fish, sharks, jelly fish, a boot and worms and get the kids to color them in and cut them out.
3. Attach a paper clip to each fish.
4. Put it all in a little box or a paper bag with a few metal pieces (some that are magnetic and some that aren’t to keep it interesting ) and bring it out on the trip.
- For older kids you can keep it interesting by making each fish or item worth points. For example – a shark is worth 20, a fish 10, a jelly fish 2 etc.
- For younger kids you can draw a list of pictures of the fish they need to catch – it just keeps them focused for that little bit longer.
- You cad add tin foil, celophane, colored paper and card and glue it onto the fish to make more elaborate fish designs.
What fun, easy-to-make games have you made with your kids?