DIY Toddler Fishing Game
Mom Life, Toddler Life

DIY Fishing Game for Toddlers

I love cheap, fun things for L to do. He isn’t big on crafts yet, but his mama definitely is! This fishing game is perfect because you can easily put it together during nap time, and older kids could make this themselves! Bonus points if you are a former Jo-Anns employee and have pretty much everything on hand *guilty*. Here’s how to do it:

DIY Toddler Fishing Game

What You Need

  • Paper (construction or card stock, depending on how long you want this to last ;))
  • Fish Pattern PDF
  • Scissors
  • Marker
  • Glue (hot glue or Tacky glue are great choices)
  • Magnets
  • Dowel rod
  • String
  • Googly eyes (optional)
  • Paper clips (optional)


Print out your fish PDF and cut out which size you want. I included a couple different sizes to accommodate different sized googly eyes.

DIY Toddler Fishing Game

Trace as many fish as you want on your fancy paper, and cut out! (This is seriously the most work)

Once that part is over, decorate! Draw or attach eyes, add some details, or throw on some glitter if you’re crazy.

DIY Toddler Fishing Game

Now to make them magnetic, you can either stick a paper clip on the fish, or glue on a magnet. Depending on the strength of your magnet, you may need to use a magnet on the fish. Then attach another magnet to your string (I did mine double-sided), and attach your string to your dowel rod.


DIY Toddler Fishing Game

Now your child can enjoy endless hours (OK, minutes…) of entertainment! Will they care that you put a lot of work into it? Absolutely not. But, watching the wheels turn in that little toddler brain will make it all worth it 🙂 Seriously, this is great for fine motor skills and problem solving. Fish away, friends!