How To Make A Magnetic Fishing Game For Kids

This week I took some inspiration from my childhood and made a magnetic fishing game for Ollie. It’s really simple and cheap to prepare, but it will last a long time and it’s something I can bring out on a rainy day.
Not only is it fun but it’s a great STEM activity as children can learn about magnets by watching them at work. It’s also good for hand-eye coordination, developing gross motor skills and social skills such as taking turns. We are all about learning through play in our house, and this activity definitely ticks that box!

*I’m sure it goes without saying but please ensure children are supervised due to the small parts and string!*

What you will need to make your magnetic fishing game:

Wooden poles (you can use wooden dowel or even garden canes)
Coloured card
Small Magnets

How to make your magnetic fishing game:

First decide how many fishing rods you want to make, and what you’ll use to make them. I bought one long piece of dowel from a DIY shop because it was cheaper than buying smaller invidual pieces. I then cut it in half and sanded the edges down, which only took 5 minutes, but if you want to skip this part, you can buy the wood already cut to size.

Next, you need to attach your string. You can tie the string around one end of the fishing rod, but it might get pulled off by little hands! To make mine more secure, I drilled a small hole in the end of the rod and threaded the string through.

Next attach your magnets. Depending on what type of magnets you can find will depend on how you attach them. I searched everywhere for magnets with a hook on top but could only find flat ones, so I attached them with blue tac. Use quite a bit and make sure it’s tightly secured to the magnet.
If you want to make it look prettier, cover the blue tac in washi tape or tissue paper.
Next, cut some fish shapes out of coloured card, and decorate them if you want to. You could get the children involved in this stage and see what decorations they come up with. Attach a paper clip to the end of each fish, and your game is complete!

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