Fish On a Line is a “Make and Play” activity from Mother Goose Time. These wonderful craft activities result in a simple toy that leaves plenty of room for imagination and free play. My kids enjoyed creating this fish on a line craft from Mother Goose Time’s Bubbles, Boats, and Floats Theme.
Fish on a Line
How to Make & Play Fish on a Line
Part of what makes this craft so simple and doable for Mom is that the bulk of the unique supplies come directly from Mother Goose Time in prepacked daily packets that accompany the monthly themed curriculum. Fine motor skills and visual arts skills are exercised as kids create, draw, color, and thread string to create a fish on a line.
- paper fish*
- craft stick*
- crayons or markers
*provided by Mother Goose Time
What colors are fish?
Six Year Old Answer
My daughter has been lobbying for a hobby freshwater aquarium for some time now. In that tank she is hoping to have some Cardinal Tetras. These are her favorite fish because purchasing them can help sustain the Amazon rain forest. You can find out more about this at Project Piaba where their slogan is “Buy a Fish, Save a Tree.” She got hooked (pun intended) on learning more about Amazon sustainability thanks to this accidental library book inclusion, “Amazon adventure : how tiny fish are saving the world’s largest rain forest,” by Sy Montgomery. She and I have both learned a ton and I recommend the entire Scientists in the Field series for kids and parents interested in modern conservation efforts!
Five Year Old Answer
My five year old boy is very interested in goldfish because we have been reading “A Fish Out of Water.” As a result his color choices were orange and yellow. He spent some quality time working on beautiful “C” shaped scales. Beginning writing through arts and play anyone?
Three Year Old Answer
My three year old loves the Mother Goose Time suggested book, “Bear and Hare Go Fishing” and wanted his fish to look like one we might catch here in East TN. So, his fish is brown. It was also really important to him to color on the side where the nursery rhyme, “Once I Caught A Fish” is typed, because real fish don’t have words on them! Love this little guy.
Give each child a paper fish.
Invite children to decorate their fish.
Give the fish a name.
Sew the fish and leave extra yarn a the end to attach the craft stick.
Encourage children to pretend they caught a fish then take turns introducing their fish.
My kids are also currently into kites. OK, really? They are ALWAYS into kites! Anytime a string is added to anything it becomes a kite. In this case we had flying fish all over the backyard. You know what? They had a blast! Thanks Mother Goose Time!
- Did the child sew the fish independently?
- Did he have control over his motor skills?
I’m always amazed at how many skills my kids pick up just from playing with the Materials and Activities that come to us from Mother Goose Time. “Make and Play” crafts are some of our favorites. Although, I have to let you in on a secret. This craft wasn’t our favorite from the day’s theme, “Fishing.”
Our absolute favorite is a math game. Yes, a math game! They get to catch fish based on shapes that they roll with a dice. They got to make the game themselves and play it right away. Be sure to keep an eye out on Instagram to see this and several other favorites from Bubbles, Boats, and Floats!
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