Making your own fishing poles for preschool

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on June 28, 2010

in Fish, Quick Tips for Preschool Teachers

Fishing poles can be made in many ways and can be used for all kinds of preschool activities.  This fishing pole is simply a dowel rod that I painted then taped on a length of yarn.

At the end of the yarn, I added a small, but strong, magnet wrapped in a thin piece of material.

To go with each fishing pole is a cloth carrier. By storing each pole in a carrier, I don’t have to worry about the magnets and strings of the poles getting all tangled between uses. It makes for much easier hauling and storing.

The poles just slide right into the little pouches and then I tie the ends to keep them from sliding out until I need them again.

Things to think about

1. When you make a fishing pole – don’t make the rod too long. My rods are actually a bit too long and need cut down.

2. Be sure to sand any rough ends or edges.

3. Use a strong magnet that will pick up a paper clipped fish or item easily.

4. Use thick yarn or cord so the yarn doesn’t get tangled all the time and is easy to untangle when needed.


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1 Scott June 28, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Those pouches are genius. I can’t count the number of times I’ve untangled fishing poles.

2 Deborah J. Stewart June 28, 2010 at 6:58 pm

I used to have that same problem:) You could probably use an old sock on the end too:)

3 Jen July 7, 2010 at 8:21 am

Your rods look much better than the one I threw together for my children! We did a lot of different learning activities with ours- letter recognition, sight words, and early math. Thanks for stopping by Creative and Curious Kids! I love the Spot books as well. I miss the preschool days! My girls are 6 and 8 now, but i have a 6 month old, so i’m looking forward to preschool fun and learning with him! I may be teaching my older girls at home this fall via cyberschool- fun but life will be interesting for sure!

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