Fishing for Floating Foam Fish

foam fish
This is an easy to make fishing set that can be played with outside in water or indoors on the floor!  The fish are fun plain but even better with numbers, letters, or holes for a fantastic learning activity.  Make two poles to play a fun game to see who can get the most!

My kids have had a good time fishing for floating foam fish in the kiddie pool. 

fun foam (Dollar Tree find)
brads (mine are small craft brads)
dowels ($1 at Walmart)
strong magnets 
hot glue gun and/or waterproof glue

Use waterproof glue for ribbon and magnet if you'll be playing in the water.  I made a slit in the foam before attaching the brad eye.


Heather J. said...


Katie's Nesting Spot said...

Fun and so easy to make educational but if you don't add numbers or letters still a challenge for the little ones working on hand eye coordination. In my K class I used to do this with addition. The kids catch two number fish and then have to add them together.

beth said...

Thanks for our set of fishies. I didn't realize you could float them! Lots of fun times ahead!