With summer only halfway over and the boredom starting to set in, you’re likely desperate to find activities that don’t involve the latest video game or tv series. If that’s you right now, we have a fun and easy DIY magnetic fishing game your kids are going to love made with supplies you can find around your house. And depending on the size of your family, this activity is easily customizable for large or small crowds! 


  • Colored felt or thick construction paper
  • Paperclips
  • 1/4" x 1/16" disc - Neodymium Magnets
  • String or yarn
  • Unsharpened pencils or dowel rods (cut to size) 
  • Hot glue gun
  • Pond/ocean playmat or printout (optional) 

Make your fish:

  1. Trace the outline of a fish on a piece of construction paper to use as your template
  2. Set your template over your felt and cut out as many shapes as you desire (remember to double your final count as each fish takes two cutouts)
  3. Ensure that the size of your fish cutout is large enough to house your paperclips
  4. Once you complete your cutouts, lay your cutouts down and place a paperclip on top of each fish
  5. Next, place a small amount of hot glue along the edges of each fish
  6. Place another fish overtop your paperclip, sandwiching the paperclip between the two fish

Make your fishing rod:

  1. Take any type of string or yarn and cut it to size (remember you can always wind any extra length on your pencil later)
  2. Tie the yarn to your unsharpened pencil 
  3. Sandwich your yarn between two 1/4" x 1/16" disc - Neodymium Magnets at the end
  4. Cut out two circular pieces of felt large enough to house the magnets on the yarn
  5. Sandwich the magnets between the circular pieces of felt and add dabs of hot glue to secure

It’s Time To Fish

Take your fish cutouts and place them on your playmat or printout (if you have one), and start fishing! For more fun, see how many fish you can collect in a certain amount of time, or even try blindfolded fishing. Not only will your kids love this craft, but you may also find yourself joining in the fun! 

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