April 27, 2010

Gone Fishing!

TEACH "Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day. Teach a person to fish and you feed them for a lifetime". (confucius).

Today, we caught several groovy fish!

I plan to use thesse fun little fish and fishing poles for my Nursery kids(18 months-3 years). I have to say this is a big thumbs up for entertaining children. 
Super easy to make, great use of fabric scraps! A fun project to make with your kids!
We made 12-14 fish with washers that can easily be caught. Here's a simple tutorial.
Let's get started!

Scraps of fabrics approx. 6 X 6 depending on the size of fish you desire.
washers (you will find all different sizes at Lowes or Home Depot-I like medium size)
round magnets (walmart-craft isle foam sticky tape on back)
dowel sticks (walmart craft isle)
yarn and ribbon

1. Make yourself a fish pattern on heavy card stock paper.
2. Place your fish on the fold of your fabric.
3. Pin and cut

4. place ribbon inside of washer, set aside.
5. place fish right sides together
6. place washer and ribbon between fish,

7. sew completely around fish, reinforce over ribbon/washer.
8. leave small opening for turning.

9. The use of fabrics, patterns and colors are endless.
10. stuff fish
11. sew opening by hand

Fishing Pole:
I tied yarn to the dowel and attached two round sticky magnets between the yarn on each fishing pole. I made several poles so every child in my nursery class will have a pole. I like the dowels at Walmart since they are short-(safer for small kids).

You can also drill a tiny hole in your dowel for the yarn.
Place fish on blue ocean like fabric. Go Fish!


Julie Harward said...

These are so cute! I know how much children love this...my son serves in the nursery, Ill have to tell him about these! Come say hi :D

Tracy said...

These are perfect!! What a creative and great idea. You should sell them!! Happy creating!!! :-)

Garden of Egan said...

Those are so dang cute! The nursery kids are going to love them.
I wish I would have had that two years ago when that was my calling.

Mercy Otis/The Stone House said...

These are really cute!!!
I'm in Nusery too. I'm so gonna make some of these! Our babies will love them!
Thanks much! :-D

Lisa and Troy Love said...

I'm not capable of making anything like this - trust me! But can I come play in nursery with you? :)

Megan said...

Those turned out soooo cute! The little ones are gonna have a great time with those.
Want to make some necklaces with your leftover washers? Call me!

Sarah Blue said...

How wonderful!!! That is such a great idea. I'm so glad you are in nursery now. :)

The Gough Inn said...

I want to do this too -- gotta get with my grand kids they will love doing this -- thanks so much for sharing -- what great fun!

Jill Lewis said...

Super Cute!

Connie said...

Love 'em! You're so creative. What a blessing you are to the nursery children and their parents!

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

What a fun thing to make (and play with!) :)!! I love this idea!

Cherie said...

The kids in your nursery are going to LOVE LOVE you! Those are the most darling fish for the fish game I have ever seen :D

Mimi Sue said...

So cute and I bet they'll hold up better than the paper ones. Mimi

michal said...

this is so cute! and such a great idea. I plan to make some to, I really think my girls will love it!

Sandy said...

These fish are so great!! I want to make for my grandson!! Thanks for always sharing with us Brenda!!

laurie said...

These are SO awesome!!!

Hideaway Girl said...

Such a CUTE idea! My kids would totally dig this. What a fun nursery leader!

Granni P said...

They are so fun. I think I'll make a set for my playroom one of these days. Right after I finish my shoes and pins. Thanks for sharing. You are such a great Nursery leader.

Amy said...

These are amazing!

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Anonymous said...

I really liked the article, and the very cool blog

Tami said...

So cute!

I’d love it if you shared this with the Fun Family Crafts audience.
FFC is similar to Craftgawker but it only features kid friendly tutorials.

Looking forward to seeing what fun crafts you submit!

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