Kids love to 'go fishing' so why not turn it into a fun and educational task? The Learning Boat is a great way to get your tots motivated and teach them all about the alphabet, basic shapes, and colours.
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What you'll need:
- Cardboard box big enough for your tot to sit in
- Paint, markers, stickers, or anything else you would like to use to decorate the box
- Construction paper in an assortment of colors
- 1 small magnet
- Paper towel or toilet paper roll
- 1 piece of yarn or ribbon
- Paper clips, one for each fish
How to Build the Learning Boat:
- Cut the flaps off of the cardboard box.
- Get creative! Decorate the box with your kiddo anyway he likes.
How to Make the Fish:
- Use the construction paper to make the fish. The can be any color or size!
- Also from construction paper, cut our various basic shapes small enough to fit on the fish.
- Write a letter or number on each shape.
- Glue or tape one shape on each fish.
- Attach 1 paper clip to each fish.
How to Make the Fishing Rod:
- Have your child sit in the "boat" and hold the paper towel/toilet paper roll and pretend to fish.
- With your ribbon or string, measure the distance between the cardboard roll and the floor. That is how long your string should be. Cut it to the appropriate length.
- Tape or glue one end of the string to the cardboard roll.
- Tape or glue the magnet to the other end of the string. And voila! So how does it work? Your child gets in the boat and goes "fishing." Once the child has "hooked" a fish, she must properly identify the color, shape, and letter on the fish in order to keep it in the boat. When all of the fishes have been caught, the game is over — but trust us, she'll want to play again and again!
Have a ball!