DIY Magnetic Fishing Pole Toy + Games

by , posted on March 6th, 2012 in Arts & Crafts, Games & Creative Play

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.

You’ll need:
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

Step 1

To make the hook, drill a hole completely through the side of cork. It’s best to place hole near the top.

Step 2

Fish end of twine through hole. Use a double knot to secure.

Step 3

Finish the hook. Hot glue magnet to end of cork. Affix it to end furthest away from twine.

Step 4

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.

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6 Responses to “DIY Magnetic Fishing Pole Toy + Games”

  1. Sandra Says:

    March 6th, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    I don’t know why but the close up of the drilling of the cork cracks me up! Maybe it’s the haircolour chemicals while I am getting my highlights…

    Love the DYI!

    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    Ha ha ha!

    How did the highlights turn out?

  2. hilke Says:

    March 7th, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Wow!!!!!!!! I love this one!! We will do it for sure!!!! I am really impressed!
    Thank you so much for sharing!

    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    Thanks hilke. Have fun with it!

  3. carrie Says:

    April 21st, 2012 at 12:07 am

    I ammaking a fishing game for kids to play at my kiddo;s b day party and i sewed the fish and got the poles but couldn’t figure out a good way to get the magnet on the end of the string. So I googled home made fishing game…and here I am! Your cork idea is brilliant, and now my 15 fishing poles are complete! I can’t wait for the kids to fish! :) thanks!

    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    Fantastic! So happy we were able to help!

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