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A post featuring the hands-on learning game, Fishing for FUN, for children that includes instructions and a FREE printable game to download.
Summertime has been a fun time for our family. We have traveled, spent time with friends and family, and enjoyed our down time too. We are homebodies though and love our time just being together at home. I like to think of hands-on activities that we can do at home that are different then the usual toys, involve some learning, and FUN!
My son loves water and fish, so I combined his interests and created a hands-on learning game called “Fishing for Fun!”
To play the game you need a fishing pole. We used a long stick we picked up at the craft store and hot glued a long piece of string to the end. We also hot glued a small round magnet to the other end of the string. To fancy it up a bit, we wrapped different coloured pipe cleaners around the handle.
I used some adorable fish clip art (Krista Wallden – Creative Clips) and some fun activities to be printed on the back. I chose to print on bright coloured cardstock paper. I printed the pages with just the fish first and then put those pages back into the printer to print the back side.
I cut them out and added small clips to the tails. You could also use paper clips. Just make sure whatever you use is magnetic!
We lay them down and spaced them out on the floor.
He uses his fishing pole to dangle over the fish. He tries until his magnet catches on to the clip attached to the fish.
This can be difficult to “catch” the fish and requires concentration and hand-eye coordination. He did much better when he used both of his hands to hold the pole.
After a “catch” we read the message together and he got to “act out” the action or activity. Included simple and fun activities, like “pretend you’re a scuba diver” and “spell your name.”
The activities had him moving his body the whole time!
He LOVED this game and all the activities he was able to do and feel successful with. The challenge was the fishing part but he improved with practice!
After each fish was caught and finished, he added it to his pile of fish.
When all the fish were caught, he wanted to play it again and again.
This is a great activity to have in your bin of hands-on games at home. Once it’s made, it’s easy to switch out.
To grab this game for FREE, head HERE. In this game you receive 2 sheets of fish with activities, plus 2 sheets of fish images to print on the backs. You could also print the fish pictures and write your own activities on the back as a variation.
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