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Fishing Game for Toddlers

Need an activity that is quick to set-up and your toddler will play with it for more than 5 minutes!? This DIY fishing game for toddlers is so much fun, budget-friendly, and long lasting!

Strengthen Fine Motor Skills with This Fishing Game for Toddlers

This activity is the perfect combination of sensory play and fine motor skills! For toddlers in particular, integrating a bowl of water (even a small one!) often results in such long-lasting engaging experiences! Plus, this activity can be so great for fine motor skills, hand eye coordination, color recognition, and counting!

If you have a little one that really loves fishing, read on below for some fun games you can buy that not only let them fish, but also explore other early childhood education skills like the alphabet!

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Watch to See How You Can Make and Play This Fishing Game for Toddlers

I love that this activity uses simple materials and can be set up in minutes! Pipe cleaner fish couldn’t be easier to create! Watch to see this toddler enjoy catching and then releasing them over and over again!

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Watch to See How You Can Make and Play This Fishing Game for Toddlers

I love that this activity uses simple materials and can be set up in minutes! Pipe cleaner fish couldn’t be easier to create! Watch to see this toddler enjoy catching and then releasing them over and over again!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

Simple Materials Plus Quick Set-Up Equals A Happy Grown Up!

Let me be frank, grown-ups are busy! And yet, we want our children to be engaged in meaningful (long-lasting!) activities. That’s why we aim to share activities that are easy to set-up and won’t break the bank! This fishing game for toddlers achieves just that!

If you love this activity, you have to check out our DIY Catapult activity, which is also made out of easily accessible materials and super fun for young kids!

No doubt, we love creating activities out of materials we already have at home, but if you are in need of ideas for what arts and crafts supplies to stock up on, you have to check out our Comprehensive Arts and Crafts Supply List!

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Make a loop with a pipe cleaner and twist the end so that it resembles a fish. Make them as big or small as you like!

Step 2

Pour water in a bowl and provide a separate bowl for the caught fish to be transferred to.

Step 3

Provide a chopstick for “catching” each fish!

Step 4

Once all fish are caught, “release” them back in the water and play over and over again!

Step 1

Make a loop with a pipe cleaner and twist the end so that it resembles a fish. Make them as big or small as you like!

Step 2

Pour water in a bowl and provide a separate bowl for the caught fish to be transferred to.

Step 3

Provide a chopstick for “catching” each fish!

Step 4

Provide a chopstick for “catching” each fish!

Step 3

Once all fish are caught, “release” them back in the water and play over and over again!

 

 

Educational Benefits of This Fishing Game for Toddlers

First and foremost, this activity is so great for fine motor skills. The chopstick is a perfect tool for guiding through and picking up each fish. Encourage your child to hold it like a pencil to strengthen hand grip!

Looping the chopstick through the small hole is also great for hand-eye coordination. The strengthening of this skill continues as the child transfers the fish to the second bowl!

You can also extend learning with this activity by exploring other early childhood education skills like color recognition and counting.

Counting and saying the names of the colors out loud will further enhance language development.

Educational Benefits of This Fishing Game for Toddlers

First and foremost, this activity is so great for fine motor skills. The chopstick is a perfect tool for guiding through and picking up each fish. Encourage your child to hold it like a pencil to strengthen hand grip!

Looping the chopstick through the small hole is also great for hand-eye coordination. The strengthening of this skill continues as the child transfers the fish to the second bowl!

You can also extend learning with this activity by exploring other early childhood education skills like color recognition and counting.

Counting and saying the names of the colors out loud will further enhance language development.

Even More Ways to Explore Fishing!

Here are my top picks for fishing games you can buy!

Catching and Counting

These magnetic fish are not just great for catching, but encourage counting and number recognition!

Fish the Alphabet

This wooden magnetic fish game includes two rods and is all about matching the alphabet!

Fishing with Water

Here’s a fun way to integrate real water with a fishing game! It includes 2 rods, 6 fish, and a pond that recirculates water!

Fishing Puzzle

Where a fishing game collides with a chunky puzzle! Great way for toddlers to explore matching many different sea creatures!

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