We were at the park over the weekend and I spotted some very nice tree branches on the ground and decided it was time to make some fishing poles! The kids each picked out a stick and we carried them home. I took my knife and whittled down the bumps, found some string, a couple of old wooden spools, wire, two magnets (stolen from the fridge), and made us a couple of poles. They actually work quite well, and I even got the reels to work properly. Then I hand embroidered three fish and made some wire hooks to attract the magnets on the end of the fishing line.
We have a small wall on the edge of our driveway that made a good fishing spot. They were totally having a blast. It took some skill and concentration to catch the fish, and when they’d get one, their faces would light up with excitement and pride. It was hard to get them to come inside the house once it started getting dark out. A sign of a good toy!