This weekend marks the end of National Seaweek. It is also a long weekend in four states which means that a significant proportion of the nation will be tearing it’s hair out trying to keep small children occupied. Unless of course they read this blog, because I am about to share one of my favourite childhood games, that is not only appropriately themed, but also super easy to throw together with things you’ll already have (probably).
Step 1 – take your child for a walk to find the perfect stick. You might wonder what the perfect stick looks like, and I couldn’t tell you, but I can guarantee your child will know it when they see it.
Step 2 – turn your perfect stick into the perfect fishing rod. This involves cutting a piece of string to the desired length, tying a magnet to one end, and then fastening the other to the end of the stick.
Step 3 – ensure there are plenty of fish in the sea. There are multiple options creating fish. Fabric off cuts, paper, old cereal boxes. Whatever you have lying around. Noting that being able to decorate the fish keeps your child occupied for longer, so materials need to be adapted for age and skill level. See some examples of fish below.
Step 4 – release your fish into the wild. I personally used to love throwing my fish into the stairwell and then fishing through the railing. But if you’d like to keep it a bit more contained (or don’t own a stairwell, of course) then a big blue sheet or an empty paddling pool also works a charm.
The biggest advantage to this game is that putting the ‘caught’ fish in a bucket is a natural extension. Less clean up is always a big plus, as is following up a hard day of fishing with a big serve of fish and chips 🙂
Happy long weekend everyone.