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June 1, 2016

Fishing for Father's Day Ideas? Make a Go Fish Game!

By Allie Magnuson
Grades PreK–K

    While most of you are wrapping up the school year, I know some of you are still in full swing (as am I). For those of us still in school, or starting summer school, I thought it would be nice to give all the dads out there a little recognition. Personally, I think they get a bum deal having Father’s Day in the summer. But that doesn’t have to be the case.

    Dads love summer for lots of different reasons. One popular reason is fishing. With that in mind, I set out to create a Father’s Day project sure to please my kinders and that special guy in their lives (which may be their father, brother, uncle, grandfather, or anyone else who means a great deal to them). With minimal time and expense, you can help your students make a Go Fish card game with little fishing poles!

    To start, you’ll need some mini dowels (mine were 3"), mini bobbers, magnetic tape and buttons, Scotch tape, and string. For the cards, all you’ll need are paper, tagboard, and crayons.

    To make a fishing pole, tape a piece of string down the length of the dowel, tie the bobber to the end of the string, and attach a magnetic button to the bottom of the bobber. I made two fishing poles per student, so that each player can have one.

    Mini fishing pole with magnet for Father's Day Go FishBobber with magnet on bottom for Father's Day Go Fish

    To make a set of cards, draw a simple fish shape (nine to a sheet) and run it through the copy machine on tagboard, which is sturdier than copy paper. Or go ahead and download my template.

    Students can cut out the shapes themselves, then make pairs of fish by copying the names of fish types written on a chart or white board. Finally, they can decorate both sides. (Just make sure they know which side is the front and which is the back!) When they’re done, you can help them add a piece of magnetic tape to the back of each card.

    Go Fish game pieces for Father's DayPlaying card with magnet on back for Father's Day Go Fish

    The game is played just like regular Go Fish, with two exceptions:

    1. Players are only looking for matches, not four of a kind; and

    2. When a player says “Go Fish!” the other player gets to use their fishing pole to pick a card from the draw pile.

    To play Go Fish, catch a card from the draw pile with the magnetic fishing pole

    I happened to have some cheap soap containers that fit all the pieces for the game perfectly, but you can have your students decorate anything, such as small tins or plastic food containers. Alternatively, you could have students bring their own containers from home or ask families to contribute a few bucks so you can buy something suitable.

    The Go Fish pieces fit perfectly in a soap container The Go Fish pieces fit perfectly in a soap container

    And there you have it. A fun and easy gift for dad on his special day!

    This is my last post of the year, and I want to thank my devoted readers for coming back every two weeks to see what I've been doing. I hope you got a lot of takeaway tips and ideas. Here, for the last time, are my sweet babies, who are so grown up and mature now.

    Mrs. Magnuson's 2016 Kindergarten Class

    Finally, I want to share this picture of the kids who were in my kindergarten class the year I started working for Scholastic (2010-2011). They came in recently to see photos and videos of themselves in those old posts. They are big fifth graders now, and are heading off to middle school. I’m so proud to see how far they have come since they were 5 years old!

    Mrs. Magnuson's 2011 Kindergarten Class, in 2016

     

    Thank you also to my family for their support, and to Scholastic for giving me the opportunity to write for them.

    See you in the fall for some more fun!

    While most of you are wrapping up the school year, I know some of you are still in full swing (as am I). For those of us still in school, or starting summer school, I thought it would be nice to give all the dads out there a little recognition. Personally, I think they get a bum deal having Father’s Day in the summer. But that doesn’t have to be the case.

    Dads love summer for lots of different reasons. One popular reason is fishing. With that in mind, I set out to create a Father’s Day project sure to please my kinders and that special guy in their lives (which may be their father, brother, uncle, grandfather, or anyone else who means a great deal to them). With minimal time and expense, you can help your students make a Go Fish card game with little fishing poles!

    To start, you’ll need some mini dowels (mine were 3"), mini bobbers, magnetic tape and buttons, Scotch tape, and string. For the cards, all you’ll need are paper, tagboard, and crayons.

    To make a fishing pole, tape a piece of string down the length of the dowel, tie the bobber to the end of the string, and attach a magnetic button to the bottom of the bobber. I made two fishing poles per student, so that each player can have one.

    Mini fishing pole with magnet for Father's Day Go FishBobber with magnet on bottom for Father's Day Go Fish

    To make a set of cards, draw a simple fish shape (nine to a sheet) and run it through the copy machine on tagboard, which is sturdier than copy paper. Or go ahead and download my template.

    Students can cut out the shapes themselves, then make pairs of fish by copying the names of fish types written on a chart or white board. Finally, they can decorate both sides. (Just make sure they know which side is the front and which is the back!) When they’re done, you can help them add a piece of magnetic tape to the back of each card.

    Go Fish game pieces for Father's DayPlaying card with magnet on back for Father's Day Go Fish

    The game is played just like regular Go Fish, with two exceptions:

    1. Players are only looking for matches, not four of a kind; and

    2. When a player says “Go Fish!” the other player gets to use their fishing pole to pick a card from the draw pile.

    To play Go Fish, catch a card from the draw pile with the magnetic fishing pole

    I happened to have some cheap soap containers that fit all the pieces for the game perfectly, but you can have your students decorate anything, such as small tins or plastic food containers. Alternatively, you could have students bring their own containers from home or ask families to contribute a few bucks so you can buy something suitable.

    The Go Fish pieces fit perfectly in a soap container The Go Fish pieces fit perfectly in a soap container

    And there you have it. A fun and easy gift for dad on his special day!

    This is my last post of the year, and I want to thank my devoted readers for coming back every two weeks to see what I've been doing. I hope you got a lot of takeaway tips and ideas. Here, for the last time, are my sweet babies, who are so grown up and mature now.

    Mrs. Magnuson's 2016 Kindergarten Class

    Finally, I want to share this picture of the kids who were in my kindergarten class the year I started working for Scholastic (2010-2011). They came in recently to see photos and videos of themselves in those old posts. They are big fifth graders now, and are heading off to middle school. I’m so proud to see how far they have come since they were 5 years old!

    Mrs. Magnuson's 2011 Kindergarten Class, in 2016

     

    Thank you also to my family for their support, and to Scholastic for giving me the opportunity to write for them.

    See you in the fall for some more fun!

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