HOW-TO: KIDS PARTIES SEA CREATURES FISHING GAME
Who enjoyed seeing Finding Dory recently? If you’re looking for a fun children’s birthday party for a “Finding Dory” themed party, how about this fishing game that combines arts and craft with a children’s game afterwards, ending with one tasty treat per child. It’s an easy DIY craft, perfect for children ages 4 and up. I created this under the sea artwork as an activity with my 5 and 6 year old children and then we fished for Allen’s Sea Stretchies using a paperclip on a bamboo stick as a fishing rod. It would be ideal for a school holiday activity or rainy day game, as well as for a ‘Finding Nemo’ or ‘Finding Dory’ themed party, or a mermaid party, a pirate party, and any under the sea themed party. You could also decorate your background with real seashells or paint on some rocks and some seaweed.
Read our EASY DIY CRAFT: HOW-TO MAKE AN UNDER THE SEA ICE BOWL on Thread.
To make a sea creatures fishing game you need the following things:
A large piece of white paper, mine was $1.99 but you could use the back of old wallpaper or wrapping paper, whatever’s lying around.
Blue food colouring for the ocean background
Any colours of water washable poster paint for crabs and fish handprints
Scissors, brush, water
A bamboo or other stick and some cotton
Paperclips for a fish hook and to attach to the sea creatures
Allen’s provided me with some Sea Stretchies. Thanks Allen’s for the lollies! The lollies are available at New World and Pak n Save supermarkets.
Prepare your area with newspaper and the white card. Mix a few drops of blue food colouring into half a cup of water and paint or pour onto the paper to create watery effects. You don’t want it too even, it looks good in swirls and patterns.
Pour some poster paint onto some newspaper and press your hand onto it then onto the paper. Two hands together makes a crab with eyes on your thumbs.
A single handprint makes a fish with your thumb as its fin and your fingers as its tail. Get creative!
When it’s dried a few hours later or overnight, you can set up the game. Choose one Sea Stretchies per child as 1 piece = 1 portion, and put a paperclip around it. Open another paperclip to make a fish hook on the end of the cotton thread tied to a bamboo rod as a fishing rod.
Take turns rolling the dice and when you roll a 6, they pick up the fishing rod and try to fish for a sea creature. Take turns until everybody gets one. Sea stretchies = stretchy fun!
Megan Robinson 14th August 2016
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