Paper Plate & Magnet Fishing – Toddler Activity

Yesterday morning I was getting a new roll of toilet paper and Caroline saw the empty roll and decided it was a periscope and she was a pirate looking for sharks! She was so excited so I thought it would be fun to do a shark activity.  Well, they were kind of scary so I thought fish was the next best thing!

Thanks to a quick Google search I found a super easy idea to make a fish out of a paper plate.  Just cut a triangle for his mouth and attach it as a tail. We read about fishing then we made a fishing pole.

Magnet Fishing Pole

1. Tie a piece of string or twine to a chopstick

2. Attach a magnet to the end of the string

3. Add paperclips aka”teeth” to your fish so it will be magnetic.

4. Have fun fishing!

Notes: We needed a pretty strong magnet to pick up the paper plate fish. At first we made a version of this fishing pole by attaching a button magnet to the bottom of a cork with Velcro (glue would work, but I didn’t want to wait for it to dry) Then tie the cork/magnet “hook” to a string.  This form of fishing was fun, but only picked up the paper clips- guess they were minnows.

Later we went for a walk and Caroline saw some water draining and sat down on the sidewalk to go fishing. Guess she enjoyed our game. Can’t wait to take her fishing for reel/real- ha!

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