Plastic or rubber fish, small inexpensive toys, wrapped snacks, and/or other surprise objects, 2 to 3 per child
2 magnets per child
Large cardboard box or table covered with sheet
Wrapping paper tubes or plastic poles for each child
Collect 2 to 3 fish, toys, snacks and/or surprises for each child
Tape a magnet to each object.
Place the objects in the large box with a hole cut open at the top, or on the other side of the covered table.
Have the kids tie a string around the end of each tube or pole. Secure it with tape, if needed.
Tie a magnet to the other end of the string.
Invite the kids to go fishing. If you're using a large box, have the kids toss the fishing pole string and magnet into the hole at the top. If you're using a covered table, have them stand on one side of the table and toss the string and magnet over the table to the other side where the objects are.
Have them "reel" in their catches by pulling up the fishing pole and gathering the string to find their surprises
If they "hook" 2 objects, they must put them both back and try again.
Make sure every child gets an equal number of prizes.
Imagination and make believe
Fine and gross motor development
Cause and effect