Summer Camp for Kids: Going Fishin’

by Marie on June 27, 2011

Summer Camp guest post by Jenae of I Can Teach my Child.

Nothing says “summer” like fishing.  And who says you can’t learn a little while going fishin’?  That’s why this activity is so fun much fun for kids of all ages.  The best thing about it is that it can be used over and over again while also easily adapted to meet the age and ability of your child!

Supplies for Go Fish Game:
  • 10 smooth-edged metal lids (like on the ends of juice containers)
  • a dowel rod
  • a strong magnet – note: be sure to use extreme caution when using magnets with young children.
  • yarn
  • construction paper
  • hot glue gun or white craft glue
  • Optional: a laminator (I have a small one like this)


1.  Trace a fish shape on a piece of construction paper. Make sure the body is big enough to cover the entire metal lid. Use as a template and trace 19 more (for a total of 20).  Cut them out. Now would be a good time to laminate.

2.  Glue the metal lid on by sandwiching it between 2 fish. Because I laminated mine, I used hot glue.

If you don’t have a laminator, simply use white craft glue.

3. Tie a piece of yarn on the end of the dowel rod.

4. Tie the other end of the yarn onto the magnet.  This is why I chose a horseshoe magnet.

5. Use a dry-erase marker to add anything that requires automatic recognition. Like numbers, shapes, letters or words.

…or even algebraic equations!  :)

Set out the fish (onto a blue blanket, of course) and go fishing!

Like what you see?  You can find more activities like this one over here or on Facebook!

Jenae is a former first grade teacher turned stay-at-home mom to two boys.  She started I Can Teach My Child! about a year ago as a way to both motivate herself to be more intentional with her boys while also sharing learning activities and resources with other parents of young children.

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