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Pocket Sized Magnetic Fishing Set in Altoid tin!

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Pocket Sized Magnetic Fishing Set in Altoid tin!

Perfect gift for little hands...
I made each of my kids a little fishing kit for Christmas!
I made each of them slightly different sizes...but one was tiny
enough to fit in an Altoids tin...for my son
who loves Mini-pocket-sized fun!
Check out the easy tutorial and then you can make one any size you wish!

Or check out my blog Doodlecraft for more awesome tutorials!
 
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Step 1: Supplies

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Here's what you will need:
  • Wooden dowel
  • Magnet with a hole in the center...or 2 magnets the same size 
  • Colorful felt
  • Washers or magnetic metal discs ((Make sure your metal washers are magnetic!  I had a big bag of washers that weren't...so check first.  I also had these little metal discs.  Anything flat and magnetic will work...but not too heavy.))
  • Hot glue/gun
  • Twine or string

Step 2: Making Fish

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Begin by cutting 2 fish shapes out of your felt.
These fish are about an inch and half or so long...
and they are not fancy.
Just hot glue a washer or disc onto it.  We did 2 to make it easier to catch!

Put some glue on top of the washers...Place the second fish shape on top!

Even through the layer of felt, the magnet will still catch the fish easily!

Step 3: Mass Produce...

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Then do a bunch!  We made 12 fish for each set...each different colors. 
This way we can use this for color sensory games as well!
It's more fun to have a lot of fish...you could get really creative and make different
Undersea creatures!

Step 4: Bigger the Better?

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Or make a large fish set!  We did a series of metal discs on the insides of these large fish.

These bigger fish would be perfect for classroom activities, church lessons, or party games!

All 12 done!  You could get fancy and embroider the fish...add patterns...etc!
The felt works great because it is tightly woven so it doesn't stretch
when kids pull the fish away from the magnet.
ChrysCann3 months ago
I am soooo going to make this for our upcoming plane trip. My daughter will love it. Thanks!
raehNaz5 months ago
I love this but my son always wants a "competition," so I'm making a few changes: #1. Make the fish with only one small washer in each- head, belly or tail; #2 Adding boots! Each twice the size of fish, with more than one washer in each, making them easier to catch than the fish. On each player tries to avoid boots & catch the fish; either keeping score & only having a limited # of turns or fishing until all of the (oddly) numbered fish are caught, subtracting one for each boot, then whoever has the most fish wins.
TimsProjects11 months ago
Loooove it
Printy1 year ago
Fantastic! I love your website and your instructables. :)
doodlecraft (author)  Printy1 year ago
Thank you! :)
super easy idea!
nemalim1 year ago
beautiful! definitely my next project!
layasera1 year ago
Great gift for kids!
chabias1 year ago
Just got your newsletter and came to vote. I love this idea! My grandkids would love it too. BTW, Natalie...I crack up every time I see your profile pic. Too funny!
doodlecraft (author)  chabias1 year ago
Oh Thanks! Yeah, I haven't been able to switch profile pics anywhere, I just LOVE this one! That is sooo my hubby! :)
Thanks again, hope you make a fishing set for those grandkids, they would love it! :)
That's cool!
doodlecraft (author)  Jessie Marie1 year ago
Thanks :)
Looks awesome. Most anything that has to do with Altoids and the word "customizable" in it must be.
doodlecraft (author)  Fried Potatoes1 year ago
Thanks! Yes, Altoids tins rule! :)
Kiteman1 year ago
Oh, that's a brilliant little project!

doodlecraft (author)  Kiteman1 year ago
Thanks! The kids have loved them!