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Easy Fishing Toy Set

Easy Fishing Toy Set
December 2001

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Materials Needed:
  • Fish Pattern Click Here
  • White Poster board
  • Pencil
  • Crayons and Markers
  • Clear Contact paper
  • Scissors
  • Metal Paper Clips (Large or Small)
  • Hole Punch
  • 1/4" to 1/2" Wooden Doweling measuring about 18" long.
  • Magnets 1/2" diameter
  • Glue Gun
  • Knife or Woody Stem Pruner
  • String
  • Miniature fishing net (optional)
  • 1 yd Blue Fabric (optional)

Make the Fish:

  • Using the fish pattern provided, copy the fish onto a piece of white posterboard with a pencil. Do as many fish as you want.
  • Draw over the pencil lines with a black marker.
  • Go to a well lit window and hold the posterboard against the window with the fish drawing facing outside. (You should be able to see the outline of the fish through the posterboard.)
  • Trace the outline of the fish with a pencil.
  • Back at your table, use the fish pattern to check the pencil outline to make sure it is right, then draw over the pencil lines with a black marker. (Also, draw on all eyes, mouths, fins, and lines on both sides with the black marker.)
  • Color the fish.
  • Apply Clear Contact paper to both sides of the posterboard.
  • Cut the fish out along the outside of the black lines. (You want the black outline to show when finished.)
  • You should now have fish that look identical on both sides.
  • Using a hole punch, make one hole at the mouth of each fish as shown on the pattern.
  • Put a metal paper clip through the hole so that the fish hangs down from one end of the paper clip when you hold up the other end. Like a fishing hook. (Hint: For younger children, use large metal paper clips, for older children, use small metal paper clips.)

Make the Fishing Pole:

  • Take the 18" piece of doweling.
  • Using a knife or woody stem pruner, make a shallow cut or groove around the whole circumference 1/2" from one end of the doweling. (The groove should be just deep and wide enough for the string to fit into.)
  • Cut a piece of string approx. 28" long.
  • Tie one end of the string onto the end of the doweling in the groove. (Make sure that the string settles into the groove tightly before tying a knot.)
  • Secure the knot and trim off the string tail end.
  • If you have a drill with a very small bit, the easiest way to attach the magnet is to drill a hole through the magnet and then thread the string through the hole and securely tie off.
  • If you do not have access to a drill you will need to tie and glue the string on.
  • First, tie the string around the magnet as if the magnet is a wrapped box and the string is the ribbon and you are tying ribbon onto a present. (If the magnet is round, it may try to slip a bit but it will work.)
  • Make sure that it is tied off with a secure knot. Trim off end of the string.
  • Add a drop of hot glue from your glue gun onto both sides of the magnet where the string crosses over itself.
  • Let the glue cool and set.
  • (Optional: You can lay out blue fabric to be the sea, and get miniature imitation fishing net to wrap the fish that have been caught.)

Great to do with the kids or Make it for the kids.
Fun group activity for at School or Sunday School.
Easy and inexpensive gift idea!

(Caution: This toy has small parts. Small children should be supervised during play. After playtime is over, it should be kept out of their reach.)

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