Monday, March 24, 2014

DIY Magnetic Fishing Game

Currently, one of Chuck's favorite books is 10 Little Fish by Audrey and Bruce Wood.  It's a cute book about subtraction.  Kids count colorful fish on each page as they leave one by one.  And (my favorite part), it has a fishy romance at the end (What can I say?  I'm a closet romantic... tee heee hee.)  To accompany his love for fish, we recently made this DIY Magnetic Fishing Game

DIY Magnetic Fishing Game

Make Easy DIY Fishing Game
It's cute and colorful and really fun to make and easy to play.  Want to make your own fishing game?  Keep reading to see how we made ours! 

Materials to make DIY Magnetic Fishing Game 


  • Watercolor Paper
  • Watercolors
  • Paintbrushes (normal, sponge brushes, and old tooth brush)
  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • Black Marker
  • Paper clips
  • Yarn
  • Magnet
  • Popsicle stick
  • Hot glue gun
  • Optional:  Additional painting supplies (Blue painter's tape, salt, old Easter Egg crayon)

How to Make DIY Magnetic Fishing Game

Paint both sides of watercolor paper

1.  Paint both sides of your watercolor paper.  (We tried different painting techniques.  We drew marks onto the paper first with our old Easter egg crayon and added some pieces of Blue tape.  Then, we painted over the paper.  While the paint was still wet, we sprinkled salt onto the paper.  The crayon, blue tape, and salt created really cool designs.)

Cut out your fish pieces and attach paper clips

2.  Trace a bunch of fish onto the paper, cut them out, and drew on eyes.

3.  Attach paper clips to the fish.

Easy to Make DIY Fishing Game

4.  Cut a piece of yarn and tie one end to the popsicle stick.  Hot glue the other end to a magnet.

Play with Easy to Make DIY Fishing game
Ack!  These fish are too smart for us.

Now you're done!  Go ahead and play with your DIY Magnetic Fishing Game! 

We put ours in a shallow pan and went fishing.
Boy playing with DIY Fishing Game

Look, we caught one!
I caught a fish


Make a Moving DIY Fishing Game 


Then, I took one it one step further.  (Muah ha ha ha.. insert evil scientist laugh here.)  I wanted the fish to somehow spin around while we fished.  So, I took a Styrofoam plate, and slipped it onto the drill bit of our toy drill.

Then, we put the fish in the plate and turned the drill on....  A couple of fish flew off, but some stayed on.  That definitely made it more challenging (and kind of crazy... but in a fun way.)

Make moving DIY Fishing Game


Have fun and happy crafting!


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