Fishing for Numbers & Colors

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I love making the kids toys and activities to play with and when I stumbled across these cute and colorful fish on my search for printables, I knew this would make a great game!

Fishing for Numbers & Colors

printable fish

I printed the colorful fish from Mini eco (they have so many nice things!) and laminated them so that they would last longer. I then punched a hole in the nose and tried to match up the colors with paper clips.

Now to go fishing you will need a fishing pole! We used the one from our other fishing game that no longer has the pieces. You can also make one by hot gluing a magnet to a bit of string and tying it to a stick OR you can upcycle some cardboard tubes and make a really awesome, yet simple fishing pole like lalymom did.

I used some beautiful teal color rice for the “water” for this activity and numbered the fish with a black sharpie. Learn how to color rice here.

fishing for numbers

My 4 year old started with this game,  fishing out the numbers and colors I asked for. fishing for numbers and colors in color rice

After a little while the game took on a new look as he buried the fish and then fished them out the color rice water.catching fish under the rice water

At this point my toddler (20 months) came along and wanted in on some of the action. My 4 year old handed over the fishing rod and buried some more fish so that she could also go fishing.multiple age groups

While little sister was fishing the blocks came out to build towers in the color rice water and the 3 year old came along to run the rice through his fingers.end of play free play

All in all a great activity for a multiple array of ages!

fishing for numbers and colors

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