Easy Fishing Game

We went fishing in our foyer this afternoon — it was so much fun!

I made up some fish out of pipe cleaners, attached a magnet to the end of the string on the fishing pole (a stick from our backyard), and we had an instant fishing game!

Merlin wanted to play too! For the World’s Laziest Cat, that is really saying something.

… and he managed to catch one too! (By laying on top of it.) Silly, lazy cat!

I linked this post to:
Craft Schooling Sunday @ Creative Jewish Mom
Weekend Wrap Up @ Tatertots and Jello
Sunday Showcase @ Under the Table and Dreaming
Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl Creative
Made By You Monday @ Skip to My Lou


  1. Dear Valerie,

    Please make sure that Merlin doesn’t actually eat any of the fish. He’s not a fan of the vet.


  2. I just love your creativity:) It is so inspiring – the fish are a wonderful idea!

  3. Great idea. It makes sense that the magnet will pick up the pipe cleaners, but I have never thought of it or seen anything using the two together. Brilliant!

    • Thanks, Christy! I love that Emily could make up the fish all by herself. The more she can do on her own, the better!

  4. Are you “fishing” for a compliment- ’cause if you are, I just have to say, this is a WONDERFUL idea!

  5. Nice move, Merlin! :>) Super idea – I’ll be linking.

  6. This is the best thing that has ever happened! How do you think of your ideas! Brilliant! I’m so tempted to wake my little girl up to go night fishing because I know she is going to love this game! Thanks for sharing!

  7. You know – often I read your blog and think, “How come I’ve never thought of that?” You are incredible.

  8. Move over children, there is a new star on the FFF blog. Such a simple idea. The fishing game, I mean.

  9. Great post. We have a similar fishing set with cardboard fish and a paperclip for the mouth. This seems far easier!!

  10. wow! that takes the cake! i’ve done this before with the paperclips, but why did i never think of using pipecleaners–got the metal built right in. der!

  11. Love the pipe cleaner fish. Too cool!

  12. Pipe cleaner fish – brilliant!

  13. Well, who woulda thunk it?????!!!!! What an awesomely clever and simple idea!

  14. Awesome idea! This would be super quick!

  15. What a fun idea!

  16. I wouldnt have even thought about pipe cleaners being magnetic! But they of course are. Great thinkin’ Lincoln! Oh, and i love her skirt!!

  17. I finally was able to do this with the kids today! They loved it. Thanks for the idea!

  18. That is brilliant!!!!!!

  19. so fun!! I think we will do this very soon!!

  20. fantastic. Fast, easy, cheap and when teaching I can see that the activity could be extended to sorting…and oh my goodness, it would be quiet too ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Exactly!! Clara enjoys sorting the fish by color, and she is pretty good at catching them too. Both of them were fishing in the foyer this afternoon… it was a lot of fun!

  21. We did this today but our pipe cleaners were a little too fluffy for the magnet to really grab on to. So I used twist ties and they worked perfectly, they’re just not as pretty. Our fishing pole is a chopstick. ๐Ÿ™‚ Love this game!

  22. I never thought about using pipe cleaners for this as well. My kids will go nuts when I show them this.

  23. What a fun idea! I think my kids will love this. I will have to try it real soon!

  24. Oh wow! My boys would love this!

  25. Super fun – I linked to this (and many others!) on this week’s roundup. You’re the best! <3

  26. Looks like a lot of fun!

  27. So clever! So easy! So doing this in about 10 minutes!

  28. Our 1st unit is Pond in August! Sooo glad I came across this idea! My kiddos will love it & I love how they can do a lot of it on their own! Bravo!


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