Summer Camp: Fish Game

DIY Fun Fish game! Every kid loves this one!
Fish Game! Growing up, I remember spending many a day with my dad fishing. Of course, when I say “day,” I mean 20 minutes or so before I got bored, hot, tired…and the list goes on…and went and played with the worms. Even with all the complaints, I loved to fish as a kid. Since my children share that same love of fishing with their father, our summer camp activity over here at Frog Prince Paperie is all about fishing!
Creating our matching fishing game from things you can mostly find around the house is a family activity that is as fun to make as it is to play with. Everyone can participate in cutting and lacing up the fish, with a grown up there to put on a few finishing touches.
Once the game is made, little kids can be thrilled by catching the fish with their little fishing rods, and older children can be challenged by playing a matching game with the shapes and colors on the backs of the fish.

To have all this summer camp fun, you’ll need:
After you print the fish, you can make it an activity to cut them all out. There are 24 in all, so the help is likely to be welcome. After putting the white sides of the fish together and lining them up, take the hole puncher to the fish to create a fun lacing craft for the kids. To make this process easier, I wrapped a piece of tape around the end of my yarn so it would go easily through the holes.
I stuffed these little fish just a tiny bit so they would be more three dimensional; the scraps left over from cutting them out are just enough to plump them up. Before you tie off the lacing, put a little bit of stuffing on the inside.
The last step is to tie the loop on the fish. You’ll want to keep this loop on the short side; if it’s too long, it won’t stand up on its’ own and the kids will have a difficult time “catching” the fish.
The printables were designed with pairs of color/shaped fish. If just catching the fish is too easy, matching can be played to make it a little more challenging.
The fishing rod to “catch” the fish is easy to make and relatively non-lethal (unless they become light sabers like they did at my house.) Bend a paperclip into the shape of a hook and use yarn to attach it to a dowl rod. I’d recommend keeping the string on the shorter side to make it easier to catch fish if your kids are younger and still working on those hand eye coordination skills.
And there you have a few hours of summer fun and possibly a little bit of peace and quiet while the kids play. My two loved this game this week and were playing with it constantly–the only thing that trumped it was the cardboard box that showed up!
Find more free printables and party ideas at Frog Prince Paperie!


Paula is a party-loving mom of two tiny tots living on the sunny beaches of Melbourne, Florida. She is the woman behind the frog at Frog Prince Paperie a printable party design group and blog dedicated to making parties magical!

Posted on June 20, 2012
Categories: crafting with kids, diy tutorials & creative ideas, fun printables, holiday awesomeness, summer camp, summer camp

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  1. CBH says:
    June 20, 2012

    Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies (please, notice the new url for my blog), under the Page 4 post on Jun. 20, 2012. Thanks again.

  2. I admire the valuable information you offer in your articles.

  3. says:
    June 21, 2012

    Love the bright fun colors!! Such a wonderful craft to make with your kids and then you get to enjoy fishing!

  4. Carrie Pasfield says:
    July 16, 2012

    Wow! Another awesome creation from Frog Prince Paperie! I love that you can help with a fun afternoon to a large-scale birthday party. 🙂

  5. Lena S says:
    December 14, 2012

    Oh.My.Goodness!!! I just saw a picture of this on Pinterest and I LOVE IT! I have to make this for Christmas presents!! My preschooler and his friends will love this. Thank you!

  6. lisa says:
    January 1, 2013

    I made something simular about 14 yrs ago..
    I covered the fish with clear contact paper & sandwiched a paper clip towards the front.. at the end of the string on the ‘pole’ I put a heavy duty magnet 🙂
    I think I will use Your idea to make my nephews a set now.
    thanks for the post ..

  7. Maria says:
    October 17, 2013

    Thank you so much! I have talked about it in my blog, where I include a link with your web for people that they want to try it.

  8. Carla says:
    November 13, 2013

    I love how you made a hook instead of magnets! I’m pinning this to my Gifts for Preschoolers (DIY Style!) board!

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