We've been experiencing some spring rain around these parts. I don't mind it a single bit, except that my little ones are kind of already in outdoor mode. Our neighborhood walks and backyard play times are officially back into the daily routine. When it rains, we need something to fill those slots in the lineup.
I made this fishing set for my oldest little babe on a whim one day, and it is the perfect little activity to break up the play time norm. I keep it stored out of sight, so he kind of forgets about it, and thus gets excited when I bring it out on rare occasion.
I don't have tutorial pics, but it was the easiest project on the planet. You know those foam sheets they sell at the craft store in a myriad of colors for, like, 40 cents a piece? Pick up a bunch of those, a couple wooden dowels, some paper clips, round magnets, string, and hot glue, and you're half way there.
Cut fish shapes out of the foam sheets and stick a paper clip through each (or safety pin, or whatever metal doodad you have that would work). Say you want to go above and beyond, and want to make this educational. Use a sharpie to write numbers on each fish. Now you can ask your child the color and number of each fish caught. You can have them line up their fish numerically. To each numbered fish, you can assign prizes, or tasks to complete, or songs to sing. What an over-achiever you are!
For the fishing pole, cut a piece of string to the desired length. Hot glue one end of the string to the end of your dowel, and hot glue the other end to your magnet. If you try and get fancy with thumb tacks or something you will regret it. Stick with the hot glue. We have a sunken family room, and so my son likes to fish from above, on the other side of the railing. You know, it gives that legit dock feeling.
My personal favorite part of the whole fishing set (and the least important, that my son could care less about) is the little draw string bag I store all the fishies in. This will take a little longer to explain, so maybe one of these days I'll whip up a tutorial for them. In the mean time, there are dozens of how-tos on Pinterest. Just search, "fabric drawstring bags." They are super easy.
Do you have a go-to rainy day activity? I'd love to hear about it!
All Photos by Leslie Leavitt Photography