Monday, April 12, 2010
Late at night a few weeks ago I was blog hopping. I'm not sure how I landed on the blog Counting Coconuts, but I'm glad I did! I saw this fishing project and knew I had to make some fish for my little guy. You see, we have a few magnetic fishing puzzles and he LOVES them. You use a little fishing rod to pick up the little fish pieces, and he plays with it every day.
Now the biggest reason to do this project is this
Now, before we begin, please note:
This project uses magnets, washers and buttons. Magnets, if ingested can be very dangerous, causing serious injury to little people and even death. Washers and buttons as well are obviously choking hazards. Please use appropriate care when giving these items to your child. I would recommend not giving these items to children under 3, and even then play with adult supervision. That said, you know your child best. My little dude is two and has grown up around Polly Pocket shoes and knows not to eat little things.
What you will need:
- Wood dowel (I used 3/8 inch)
- Metal washers (I used 1/4 inch)
- Yarn or string
- Fabric scraps or felt and possibly stuffing
- Buttons or other embellishments
- Sewing machine and/or needle and thread
I have uploaded a fish template you can download HERE. This is just my own freehand drawing that I used for my own fish. Nothing fancy! For my fish I printed it out at 75%. I found at 100% my fish were too heavy to pick up with the size of magnet I used. I used fabric for my fish and stuffed them with poly fill. The best thing to do is make a test fish to make sure that your magnet will hold the size you make.