Felt fishing game for children DIY Tutorial. Part Two: The Fishing Rod

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9Mar
So many fish swimming in the water….
(Complete with washi tape name-tags to help the fishermen identify their catch!)
Here is the how-to to make the fish .
Now,  how to make your own fishing rod.
Firstly, buy or cut yourself some lengths of bamboo or similar type of reed, about 45cm in length.
You might try Bunnings in Australia, or any garden suppliers.
I used a garden trellis and pulled it apart. The bonus of this was that every stick in the trellis had prefab holes just waiting for my fishing rod line.
(I had to first use pliers and pincers to cut and remove the nails).
You’ll also need metallic washers (hardware store), strong string or thread in 60cm lengths, and a magnet.
Thread a needle with your thread, and push or pull it through the hole in the rod.
Be sure to secure the thread well. Knot it around the pole a number of times, (tying it off after each loop) and use washi tape to secure any loose threads or to tidy up the end.
Then attach your magnet.
I have tried every kind of shop to purchase a magnet strong enough to hold a very light fish, but nothing commercial has even come close.
I finally found MagLab Magnets in Australia.
I purchased these Neodymium Rings 12.5mm   magnets and they have more than done the trick!
(About $1.20 per magnet.  There are cheaper ones you could try also!)
Be sure to tie the magnet on extremely well.
I tie a double knot after each time I loop my thread through the hole.
Do this 5-6 times to ensure the magnet does not fling off when you are fishing!
A fishing rod and fish is a game, rather than a toy, and must be used under supervision only.
Magnets are pretty powerful things and can cause lots of internal damage if swallowed.
So, please be very, very careful to not leave your magnetised “fishing rod” in reach of your children.
I like to put this game in my ‘rainy day’ or ‘sick day’ box and bring it out for a special treat. : )
We sing a song… (of course!)
Dip Dip, Dive Fish
Dip Dip, Dive Fish
Under the water today…

Dip Dip, Dive Fish
Dip Dip, Dive Fish
Won’t you come and play?

4 Responses to “Felt fishing game for children DIY Tutorial. Part Two: The Fishing Rod”

  1. Amber Greene

    Thanks guys. Hey, Narelle, good idea. I suppose not too many people use magnets other than for fridges! I even tried a fishing shop and was contemplating a science supply shop too…

  2. Anonymous

    Today, I went to the beach front with my kids.

    I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.”
    She placed the shell to her ear and screamed.

    There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear.

    She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is completely off topic but I had to tell someone!

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