Materials for the fish:
- construction paper, pencil, scissors, glue, googley eyes (optional), metal paper clips
- stick (wooden or plastic), string or yarn, small magnet (you can use magnets from old ref magnets)
1. Tie the string or yarn to the stick. The length should be appropriate to your child's height. Make sure it's not too short or too strong. Tie or glue the small magnet at the other end of the string. This will serve as the fishing rod.
2. Make an outline of a fish using a pencil on each construction paper.
3. Cut the outline using scissors. Make as many fish as you want.
4. Glue the googley eyes on the fish (you can also use a marker to draw the eyes). You may add colorful details such as scales, gills, and fins.
5. Slide the paper clip on each fish to appear as the mouth.
6. Now it's time to go fishing.
7. When the magnet touches the paper clip, the fish gets caught.
8. (optional) You can make other sea creatures like octopus, crabs, sea snakes, turtles, jelly fish, etc.
HOW TO RELATE THIS FISHING GAME TO PRESCHOOL LESSONS:
- Let your child count each fish he/she catches. This simple game is a fun way to teach your child about counting.
- Teach your child about ordinal numbers (write 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th ... on the fish). Instruct your child to catch the fish based on the ordinal number you say.
- If there are two children playing this game, you can let them catch as much fish as they could. After that, let them count the total number of fish they caught respectively. You can use this game to teach the kids about the concept of greater than, less than or equal.
- Write words on the fish that you would like your child to learn. Say each word aloud one at a time and let your child catch every word accordingly.
- If your child already knows how to read, you can write words or phrases on the fish. Let your child form sentences out of the given words through a fishing game.