Depending on how many fish you make, this project can take anywhere from an hour to three or so. I made quite the catch, so it took me a little longer than I first planned. It’s pretty easy though and makes a fun gift for the kiddos. And, AND… it helps develop eye-hand coordination! Educational and fun! Woo! Let’s get right to it then…
– 1/4″ hole punch
– For the reel, I used a dowel, a piece of baker’s twine, a small piece of paper and a magnet.
– I tied the baker’s twine around the dowel a couple times and then knotted it. I secured it with a dot of glue to help keep it in place.
– To attach the magnet, I used my 1/4-inch hole punch to punch out a small circle from some scrapbook paper. This is totally optional. I punched a small hole in the middle of the paper circle. I did this so you wouldn’t see the mess of glue and string on top of the magnet. Thread the paper through the hole onto the baker’s twine.
– Use the hot glue to secure the twine to the top of the magnet.
– Slide the paper down the string and glue it on top of the magnet, covering the string.
– Then I put a small line of glue around the edge of the magnet to secure the paper to the magnet. A small dot of glue around the little hole where the twine is coming out helps reinforce that as well.
We store ours in a small fabric bag (actually, it’s the bag a king-size sheet came in). Little J didn’t quite get the concept, but he won’t tattle when Santa brings a new Fishing Set for Christmas either. This is right up Big J’s alley and he’s gonna love it! And Little J will grow into it.