6 Wildly Entertaining Fishing Game Variations for Kids

Updated on March 7, 2018
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How to Make a DIY Magnet Fishing Game

Kids will have a blast making and playing this fishing game. This idea was inspired from an episode of Little Bill. It seemed way too fun and easy when I saw it, so I had to try it out!

What You'll Need:

  • A fishbowl, deep clear container, or box decorated with an underwater theme
  • Color paper or card stock paper
  • Sticks or dowels
  • String
  • Flat or small magnets
  • Paper clips
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Decorating supplies (markers, crayons, glitter)
  • Flat marbles for fishbowl decoration (optional)

How to Build the Game

Fishing Rods

  1. Cut out a hook shape using sturdy paper or a flat magnet. If you make a paper hook, glue a small magnet at the bottom so it can "catch" fish.
  2. Pull the string taut to see how long it needs to be for the rod. It should be long enough to reach the bottom of the tank, but not so long that there's a lot of slack when fishing. Add two inches to the measurement to allow you to attach it to the rod and hook.
  3. Attach one end of the string to the top of the hook with tape or glue. If you want it to be more secure, you can cut a small hole into the top of the hook and thread the string through multiple times before knotting it.
  4. Tie the other end of string to the dowel and secure it with tape or glue.

Fish & Underwater Creatures

  1. Download and print the template below.
  2. Cut out and decorate the blank underwater creatures with markers, glitter, etc.
  3. Attach paperclips to their heads or tails. Make sure they are secured with tape or glue.

Fish Tank

  1. Decorate in an underwater theme. You can add marbles, fishbowl d├ęcor, and paper cutouts of barnacles and seaweed to create a fun environment.


Octopus Template Coloring Page
Octopus Template Coloring Page
Fish Template Coloring Page
Fish Template Coloring Page
Mermaid Template Color Page
Mermaid Template Color Page
Mermaid Paper Doll Pieces
Mermaid Paper Doll Pieces

How to Play the Game

Now that everything is ready to go, it's time to play!

  1. Place the paper fish in the tank. Make sure to space them out so the kids can't catch more than one at a time.
  2. Pass out the fishing rods to each player.
  3. Let the kids maneuver their rods to catch as many fish as possible.

If you want to stop it here, the game will be plenty of fun for toddlers. If your kids are older or more easily bored, make things more interesting by changing up a few aspects of the game with a few ideas below.

Magnet Fishing in Action

Six Fishing Game Variations

Here are six activities and games you can play to mix things up and have a good time.

1. Points Race

Instead of using a clear container to play the game, use a regular box so you can't see where the fish are laying. Assign a certain number of points to the different types of fish. You can see an example of point distributions below.

  • Red fish - 5 points
  • Blue fish - 10 points
  • Octopus - 20 points
  • Mermaid - 50 points

Whoever gets the most points after catching 10 fish wins the game.

2. Truth or Dare

Attach a truth or a dare to each fish. For dares, you can write fun challenges such as "do a funny dance" or "sing the alphabet backwards." For truths, you can put in questions such as "What is the funniest thing that happened to you today?" or "If you could be the parent for the day, what would you like to do this weekend?" Questions like these can be great conversation starters, and you might learn things about them you never would have guessed.

You can combine this variation with the points game. For example, "For 100 points hop on one foot ten time while touching your nose and patting your head." Something silly like that can help keep things entertaining.

3. Fish for Buried Treasure

Hide little treasure boxes on the fish for surprise treats. For kids, you can have prizes such as "good for one cookie" or "30 minutes of extra play time at the park." Don't worry, you can hide a few in there for yourself! Try adding "help mom/dad with the dishes tonight" and enjoy watching their surprise at receiving an unexpected chore. It's up to you to decide whether to hold them to it or add a treat for them instead.

4. A School of Fish

Help your kids reinforce what they learn in school with this variation. Write letters and numbers on the fish and go over each catch your little ones get. If you want to reuse the fish for another game, use post its to add numbers and letters to the fish instead.

5. Fishing for Stories

Write words on the fish and have your kids catch five of them. Once you lay them out, work together to make up a silly story using those words. You can do it mad libs style by matching the different fish colors with different types of words.

  • Red fish are nouns.
  • Blue fish are verbs.
  • Mermaids are adjectives.

6. One Fish, Two Fish

Practice math equations by writing numbers on one color (ex. green) and symbols on another (ex. yellow). Have your kids practice math by catching two green fish and a yellow fish.

These are just a few ideas you can try, and I'm sure you can come up with other creative ways to use the templates and pieces. Happy fishing!

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        Adriana matteo 

        13 months ago

        printing opition would be extremely helpful

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        daisyjae 

        5 years ago from Canada

        That would be awesome, thank you.

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        Samantha Harris 

        5 years ago from New York

        I'll be sure to update this with more soon! Glad they'll be useful :)

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        daisyjae 

        5 years ago from Canada

        This will be very helpful to my home daycare. Thanks for sharing this, I will definitely come back to this.

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