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Easy Indoor Fishing Activity for Kids Using Magnets and Easter Eggs
My toddler was watching a TV show while I was feeding the baby one day. On the show, they went fishing so, of course, my toddler wanted to fish too. She asked, “Mommy, can I please fish?” I knew I had to try my best to think of a fish craft because who could say no to that adorable face and those polite manners?! I thought about it for a few minutes while I finished feeding the baby and this is what I came up with.
Next, I needed a fishing pole. The Swiffer duster was still out and my toddler likes to play with it so it was a perfect match.
The last thing I needed was something small and metal to put inside the eggs. Binder Rings stored in my organizing box next to the magnets! YES! I had all of the pieces and now I had to put them together.
This super easy and simple activity/craft can be put together in less than 15 minutes. It is great for rainy summer days or when you need to come inside from the summer sun for a while.
Here are the directions and the supplies list if you would like to print it out.
Fish Craft Supplies
- Plastic Easter eggs*
- Binder rings **
- A stick (I used an extra duster)
- Ribbon (1-½” wide or enough to cover the magnet)
- Magnet **
- Packing tape or a glue gun
*I looked for the eggs I used and I can’t find them anywhere. These eggs are the closest I could find or you can use normal plain Easter eggs.
**Please always be careful with kids and small objects! DO NOT leave them alone with them. (see full disclosure)
Steps to create
- Open and place the binder rings inside the plastic eggs, then close eggs. (Your child might enjoy helping with this)
- For extra piece of mind, tape the eggs closed. (Optional)
- Place the magnet on the ribbon about 2 – 3 inches from one end
- Fold the ribbon over
- Use the packing tape (or your glue gun) to secure the magnet inside the ribbon
- Tie the non-magnet side of the ribbon to the stick
Use this fish craft to teach
This fish craft would also be a great tool to teach. Some of the things you can teach are:
- Colors – have your child “fish” for the color you call out.
- Animals – if you are using eggs that resemble animals, you can have your child “fish” for the animal you call out. If you have plan eggs, you can place animal stickers on the eggs.
- Letters – using plan eggs and a permanent marker, write the letters of the alphabet on the eggs. Next, have your child “fish” for the letter you call out. (You can do this with both upper and lower case letters)
- Sight words – using plan eggs and a permanent marker, write the sight words on the eggs. Next, have your child “fish” for the word you call out.
For another great indoor craft/activity, take a look at these cute ocean animal stick puppets!