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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