Fishing for Knowledge

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What you'll need:

  • Small screw eye
  • 12-inch dowel
  • 12-inch length of string
  • 2- by 6-inch piece of card stock
  • Hole punch
  • 2- by 2-inch piece of adhesive magnetic sheet
  • Metal frozen juice can lids (the kind without sharp edges)
  • Letter stickers or permanent marker

How to make it:

  • To make the pieces: Secure the screw eye into the end of the dowel. Tie the string to the screw eye with a tight knot.
  • Fold the card stock into thirds. Punch holes in the paper as shown, then tie the loose end of the string through the holes. Adhere the magnet to the bottom of the card stock.
  • Attach one letter sticker to each lid or write the letters on the lids with a permanent marker. Start with your child's name and add letters as you collect more lids.
  • To play: Simply scatter the metal "fish" on the floor and show your child how to "hook? them with the magnetic fishing pole. Once she gets the hang of it, challenge her to catch specific letters or even spell her name.


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