DIY Fishing Game for Kids

DIY fishing games are a wonderful way for children to build and explore many developmental skills including fine motor skills, motor strength, hand eye coordination, problem solving and even some early math and literacy skills.

This DIY fishing game is the easiest to put together and lots of fun to play. And if you don’t have time to make your own game from scratch, scroll down to the end of this article for a FREE printable version.

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What you will need:

Empty cardboard box (a cereal box would be perfect)

Colored paper

Tissue paper confetti (optional)

Scissors

Marker pen

Paper clips

Magnetic wand or toy fishing rod.

!WARNING! I do not recommend using small magnets in this activity. Small magnets are not to be ingested and parents should always carefully observe their children when playing with small parts – especially magnets.

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What you will need to do:

1. Very carefully cut the front away from the cereal box with scissors. This can be a little tricky, so you may need to ask an adult to help you with this. You might also need to secure the corners of the box with sticky tape to prevent it from falling apart. Once your box is ready, line the surface of the box with blue paper so that it looks like water.

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2. Using your scissors, very carefully cut out some fish shapes. You can do this by eye or if you have a paper cutter, like a Cricut, you may like to use that! Place the fish into your box.

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3. If you would like to practice some early numeracy skills, you might like to add a number to each fish. You can collage the number with paper or simply write it out with pencil. You might also like to add some tissue paper to the box for some extra detail.

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4. Next, carefully thread a paper clip onto each of the fish. Remember that paper clips are small and an adult should always watch small children closely when using.

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5. Grab a magnetic wand or toy fishing rod that you may have at home and catch the fish!

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Here is the FREE color match printable worksheet for you:

The worksheets looks like this –

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Here is the FREE color match printable worksheet for you:

The worksheets looks like this –

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Easy Spring Math for Kids

Time has gotten away from me lately! I have hardly had a chance to blog. I actually made these fun printable math worksheets at Easter time, but have not had a second to myself to sit down and publish them.

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These early math worksheets are perfect for preschoolers and are a great way to help them learn about and develop number recognition, one-to-one correspondence and subitising skills. Kids will also get a chance to work on their scissor skills as they enjoy this activity.

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What you will need:

A copy of the FREE printable worksheets

Scissors

Glue

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What you will need to do:

1. Print out the FREE Carrot Scissor Skills worksheet. The worksheet will look like this and you will find the free documents at the end of this page.

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2. Take a pair of scissors and carefully cut around the green rectangle on the right hand side of the page.

!WARNING! Please remember that scissors are sharp. Adults should always carefully supervise children when they are holding and using scissors!

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3. Use your scissors to snip the green rectangle into thin strips. These strips will form the leaves on your carrots.

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4. Glue the corresponding number of leaves onto each carrot. Allow the glue to dry.

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For the second activity entitled “Carrot Number Math,”

1. Print out the two page worksheet. You will find this FREE document below.

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2. Use your scissors to carefully cut around each numbered carrot. Remember that scissors are sharp. Adults should always carefully supervise children when they are holding and using scissors!

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3. Match the numbered carrots to the corresponding carrot on the worksheet. You might like to glue the carrots down, or just match them over and over again.

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Here are your FREE documents:

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Easy Easter Math for Kids

Here is a fun Easter math activity for kids and preschoolers! This math activity encourages the development of number recognition, 1:1 correspondence and subitizing. And best of all, you will only need to print out a copy of my FREE printable worksheet to learn and play.

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This is what you will need:

A copy of my FREE printable (scroll down for your copy)

Dice

Colored marker pens or pencils.

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This is what you will need to do:

1. Print out the FREE printable worksheet. You will find it here:

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2. Roll a dice, and then using a marker pen or pencil, outline the corresponding number of circles. Color in the area that you have outlined.

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3. Keep rolling the dice and coloring until you have colored your entire rabbit. You might also like to play this game with siblings or a friend, taking turns to roll and color the rabbit.

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Easy Space Scissor Skills For Kids

This rocket scissor skill activity is such a classic! It’s perfect for developing scissor skills, letter recognition and early literacy for preschoolers and toddlers. This activity is also super simple to set up and only requires easily accessible materials. The finished product also looks great as a piece of art to decorate your walls at home.

I first published this activity on my Instagram a couple of years ago. I actually like the original picture that I posted best. Here is the post.

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Scroll down to find some great FREE space scissor skill printable worksheets.

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This is what you will need:

Colored construction paper

Scissors

Black construction paper

Gluestick

Black marker pen

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This is what you will need to do:

1. Using your scissors, carefully cut square and triangle shapes from your construction paper.

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2. Paste the shapes onto a piece of black paper. Start by pasting a triangle shaped nose cone at the top of your page and then squares for each letter of your name.

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3. Use your scissors to cut some long strips of paper and paste these down as the rocket flames.

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4. Write the letters of your name on each square. You will need a square for each letter of your name.

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Thank you so much for reading. Scroll down for some fun FREE printable worksheets. Enjoy, Jacinta Xx

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The Best Process Art for Kids

I just love this super easy and simple process art project for kids. The resulting art piece is bright and colorful, and the process itself is virtually mess-free. Best of all, you will only need four simple materials, and you can use either paper or plastic drinking straws – whatever you might already have at home. This project is so much fun that adults will want to join in too!

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This is what you will need:

Recycled cardboard

Scissors

Clear sticky contact

Drinking straws

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This is what you will need to do:

1. Cut a frame shape from a piece of recycled cardboard. I painted my frame with black acrylic paint, but this is completely optional. Feel free to either paint yours or leave it plain.

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2. Stick a piece of clear contact to the frame, making sure that the sticky side is facing up.

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3. Using scissors, very carefully snip the straws into different lengths.

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4. Next is the fun part! Start pressing the straw pieces onto the clear contact. Press them down in all different directions and angles. Be as creative as you like!

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5. Keep pressing the pieces of straw down until you have filled your entire sticky contact canvas. You may have to trim down some small pieces to fit into the really tiny spaces.

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I really hope that you have fun with this amazing process art project! It is such fun for kids of all ages – and adults too! Enjoy. Jacinta Xx

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Easy spring flower craft and sensory play for kids

Sensory play and small world set-ups are super easy to create and are so much fun for toddlers and preschoolers to play and learn with! This Spring themed activity doubles as a fun craft – as you make the flowers from paper, and a hands on sensory play activity. You could also talk about some fun math concepts such as counting and volume too! You won’t need many items to create this set up, but children will have fun with it for hours!

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This is what you will need:

Colored construction paper

Scissors

Craft sticks

White school glue

Small pom poms

Shallow dish or container

Dried black beans

Small pots or containers

Spoon or scoop

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This is what you will need to do:

1. Start by making your flowers. To do this, take your construction paper and cut 4 heart shapes. Each heart shape should be the same size. Glue the hearts onto a craft stick as pictured and finish with a pom pom in the flowers center.

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2. Next, place your pots or small plastic containers into a shallow dish and then pour the dried beans around the pots.

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3. Take a spoon or scoop and transfer the beans into the pots.

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4. Plant your flowers into the pots.

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This is such a fun activity, I really hope that you enjoy playing. Jacinta Xx

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Here is a fun FREE coloring, number recognition and scissor skill activity.

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