A fun idea for preschoolers is to make a fishing pole with a magnet at the end of it and fish that have paper clips attatched to them and let the children try to catch the fish.
To Make the Fish:
Cut fish shapes out of colored cardstock and lamenate. For a simple fish template click here (from coloring.ws/simple_shapes.htm).
It is best if you lamenate the fish with a real lamenator because you can then write on them using dry erase markers. If you do this be sure to wipe off the marker right away or it'll be permenant.
To Make the Fishing Pole:
1. Tie a string to the end of a dowl or stick. Attach a magnet to the bottom.
2. Another easy and cheap way to make a fishing pole is to tie and/or glue a strink to the end of a jumbo craft stick. This method is good if you have several children (each child will want to hold the fishing pole so make one for each). Attach a magnet with hot glue or super glue.
3. The dollar store sales cheap fishing poles. Just realize they are very breakable and will probably not last long with toddlers.
1. Get a small baby swimming pole for the pond.
2. Use sheets of blue construction paper.
3. Use your imagination!
Games to Play with Fishing Pole Set:
You could do many different kinds of games with your fishing pole and fish. Here are a few ideas.
1. Have child name the color of fish they catch.
2. Write a number or letter on fish and have child tell you what number or letter it is.
3. Paper clip a chore, treat or activity to the fish and have children fish for them.
FELT BOARD STORIES
TOYS AND GAMES
- Ocean Fish: 1 box of blue Jell-o and 1 small bag of sweetish fish. Mix Jell-o with the kids and pour into clear cups. Have children add 3-4 fish in each cup, putting them around the sudes of the cup. Put in the refrigerator until it's ready to eat. Enjoy your ocean in a cup!
- Funny Fish Same or Different (TLSBooks.com)
- Fish Coloring Pages (coloringbookfun.com)
SONGS AND POEMS
OTHER ACTIVITIES & WEBSITES
- Fish Activities (sherik.tripod.com)
- Fish/Under the Sea (123Child.com)
- All About Fish (stormpages.com/cozycottage)
- Lots of Fish Activities and Worksheets (edhelper.com)
- The Rainbow Fish (thevirtualvine.com)
- Fishbowl Craft
- Paper Plate Aquarium Craft
- Tips for Cleaning after Crafts
- Preschool Cleaning Guidelines
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- School Cleaning Resources