What You’ll Need
- String as long as your child’s arm
- Stick or twig
- 2 self-adhesive magnets*
- Chenille sticks
- Blue paper or felt
What to Do
- Tie one end of the string to a stick or twig.
- Put the end of the string between the sticky sides of two self-adhesive magnets.
- Bend and twist the chenille stems to make fish.
- Cut the blue paper or felt to make a pond.
- Release the fish into the pond, and then go fishing!
Extend the Fun
Younger kids: Help your child count how many fish she caught. Put them in one long line so you can count them easily. Then ask her to group the fish by color. How many of each color fish are there? Together, put each group of fish in a line, with one color next to the other, to make a simple bar graph. Compare the number of fish in each color.
Older kids: The fishing pole was able to pick up fish because it had a magnet on the end and the fish are partly made of metal wire. How many fish can you pick up at once? How could you change the fishing pole to make it pick up more fish? Try your idea to see how it works.