My son has been begging to go fishing for months! I saw “Counting Felt Fish” on Counting Coconuts and decided today was a perfect day to go fishing inside. The weather has not been agreeing with his intense want and we needed a fun inside activity to keep the kids busy while it snowed outside (someone needs to tell Mother Nature that it is almost the middle of May!). It took me less than 30 minutes during their naps to get everything ready and it kept the two entertained for at least an hour! We had a lot of fun! Here is what you need:
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1. Trace your fish and cut them out. I made our fish out of card stock simply because that is what I had on hand already. I used cookie cutters and traced them out on the card stock. Originally I was going to print a clip art drawing from online and trace that, but then I remembered I had animal shaped cookie cutters that had lots of different fish.
2. Attach paper clips to fish. If your magnet is strong enough, staples will work, too.
3. Attach string to magnet using strong tape or a hot glue gun. I think the magnets I had to choose from were to either too strong or too weak. The magnet that probably work best are in between the strengths I have. They are the size of a penny and my kids like to stick everything in their mouths still, so I have avoided those in our house.
4. Attach string to your pole by tying it for a temporary pole or glue gunning for a more permanent pole. Don’t have a stick? Use what you have around. I was going to use my sons baseball bat and a long wooden spoon for their poles until I found 2 sticks in our garage. I even considered using the vacuum extension pole (that’s a little embarrassing to admit, but it is what I have!)
Additional Ideas for Fun
Things That Did Not Work
Someday I’ll make some fish out of felt, but for now I am perfectly happy with these fish and so our my kids!
The kids got their creative juices flowing with this project. The end result does not look extremely fancy, but they had fun! For more ideas on TP Roll people and animals check out the links at the bottom of this post. I was amazed at all the different options (with pictures). Everything from printables that you can color, cut and past on the roll to creating people from construction paper, glue and the roll (this one is for older children 8/9+). Here is what we came up with!
What you need:
Ask your child what they would like to create and then figure out what you need. My son decided he wanted to make a monster and my daughter wanted to make a “girl princess”.
Depending on what you want to create, cut and glue colored paper to the roll.
Then let them accessorize! For younger ages, be prepared to assist a lot. They told me what they wanted and I cut it out for them and then they glued it on. We also used the foam stickers and cut some of them in pieces to create hair for the monster and the princess.
Get down and dirty with some Monster Goo! Yet another creation made from CORNSTARCH! I know you are thinking, “Another cornstarch project?” Cornstarch is seriously becoming a favorite of mine. It can turn into so many things! This is super simple to make and loads of fun. My kids played with it for a good 40 minutes. That is a lot for us!
Here is what you need:
The recipe calls for 1/3 cup of water in a bowl (if you want color, add it before you add the cornstarch – just a couple drops) and add 1/2 cup of cornstarch. Stir together.
TIP: I don’t know if it an elevation thing or what, but this recipe was way too runny. I added almost another 1/4 cup of cornstarch. You want the texture to be firm when you pick it up and liquid like when it is not moving. That sounds confusing, but you will know what I am talking about when you have it right!
Now the Fun Begins…
Here are some ideas of things that you can do with it:
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You may be looking at this picture thinking, “What is that? And why do those kids look so happy about it?” I have seen this invention at many places like a children’s science museum or at a family member’s house. Usually the others are made out of piping and plastic, but my friend created one of these on her fridge out of toilet paper rolls a couple of weeks ago and my son thought it was so cool that we had to do it, too. It’s simple, affordable, fun and gets their puzzle brains going!
What You Need:
*See the additional fun section below
The best part of this is that you get to make it your own. Sit your children down and decorate the paper tubes. You can have them color on a sheet of paper and then glue that on the tubes for added color.
Use the scissors to cut one or two tubes open lengthwise. It’s even better if you cut about half inch of the cardboard out. The idea is to have an open tube for the rolling device to drop in.
Next, glue or tape tubes to magnets. I only had alphabet magnets, so I taped the tubes on. I will be buying the magnet strips and replacing the current magnets. The tape on the magnets made it a bit to fragile for the kids to move it around on their own.
Find a round object and start testing out what you have created.
We tried a bouncy ball at first.
It was a bit too heavy and way to bouncy. I racked my brain for something else that we had that was round and light and discovered these in the pantry…
It worked perfectly and it was a nice little snack!
My friend used mini jaw breakers and my son loved that, too, of course. What kid does not like sugar? Let me know how this works for you…