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Easy Fishing Toy Set
- Fish Pattern Click Here
- White Poster board
- Crayons and Markers
- Clear Contact paper
- 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
- Miniature fishing net (optional)
- 1 yd Blue Fabric (optional)
- 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.)
- 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.)
(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.)