DIY Magnetic Fishing Pole Toy + Games
Fishing games are great for rainy days, birthday parties, school carnivals or any time. Here’s how to make a magnetic fishing pole toy and game pieces out of inexpensive craft and recycled items.
a piece of cork
a small flat magnet
length of twine
a square dowel
hot glue gun
drill with bit slightly wider than twine
paper clips or bottle caps
To make the hook, drill a hole completely through the side of cork. It’s best to place hole near the top.
Fish end of twine through hole. Use a double knot to secure.
Finish the hook. Hot glue magnet to end of cork. Affix it to end furthest away from twine.
For the pole. Drill a hole through side of dowel then fish end of twine through and knot. Adjust length of rope based on your child’s height.
For playing pieces: Cut fish or other shapes out of construction paper and attach paperclips. You can also use bottle caps, like we did here:
Bonus: Encourage kids to create their own fishing games beyond how many fish or bottle caps can you pick up? Make little drawings or write things on the fish or inside caps. Kids often play longer and more independently when they create their own games.