Pocket Sized Magnetic Fishing Set in Altoids tin!

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Pocket Sized Magnetic Fishing Set in Altoids tin!

Hope you had a great Christmas!
I've heard a few people in my day say that they don't think that
homemade gifts "count" as a good Christmas gift.  I disagree.
Homemade gifts are so fun, one of a kind, and lots of extra thought for the receiver!
And just because something is handmade does not mean
it is cheaper than a store-bought gift...but this one was...as almost all of mine are!
I made each of my kids a little fishing kit for Christmas!
I made each of them slightly different sizes...but one was tiny
enough to fit in an Altoids tin...for my son
 who loves Mini-pocket-sized fun!
Check out the easy tutorial and then you can make one any size you wish!

Here's what you will need:

Wooden dowel
Magnet with a hole in the center...or 2 magnets the same size
Colorful felt
Washers or magnetic metal discs
Hot glue/gun
Twine or string

Make sure your metal washers are magnetic!
I had a big bag of washers that weren't...so check first.
I also had these little metal discs.  
Anything flat and magnetic will work...but not too heavy.
Begin by cutting 2 fish shapes out of your felt.
These fish are about an inch and half or so long...
hot glue a washer or disc onto it.
We did another to make it easier to catch the fish.

Put some glue on top
Place the second fish shape on top!
See how easily the magnet can pick up the fish?

Then do a bunch!  We made 12 fish for each set...each different colors.

This way we can use this for color sensory games as well!

Or make a large fish set!  We did a series of metal discs on the insides of these large fish
All 12 done!  You could get fancy and embroider the fish...add patterns...etc!
The felt works great because it is tightly woven so it doesn't stretch
 when kids pull the fish away from the magnet. 
Now for the pole.
Wrap and tie the twine around the dowel.
If you have a magnet with a hole, simple tie it on the end of the twine.

 If not...
Put a little hot glue on one of the magnets and lay the twine on it.
  Then press the other magnet on top.  
They will attract to each other, and the glue keeps the twine in place!
Then put them in a bag, pouch, box or tin!
The tin is fun, because the magnet will stick right inside too!
Quiet and small enough to take to church, school, the store,
running errands...a great travel game, to the doctor's office...or wherever!

Or a little larger...
Larger still...perfect for classroom activities, church lessons, or party games!

A great pocket sized gift!
Hope you love it!



  1. Nat, you are so awesome! I love this one. Miss you guys.

  2. This is so clever! I will have to make some of these with my kids.

  3. So cute! I'll have to make this for our next roadtrip!


  4. So fun and cute! Kids always love a fishing game :).

  5. What a fun idea!! I think my youngest son would love this!

  6. I love this idea! And I agree - homemade gifts are awesome! They mean so much more because they usually involve extra time & thought.

    Warmly, Michelle
    Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust

    PS-Happy New Year to one of my favorite blog friends!

  7. I love this idea! And I agree - homemade gifts are awesome! They mean so much more because they usually involve extra time & thought.

    Warmly, Michelle
    Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust

    PS-Happy New Year to one of my favorite blog friends!

  8. Love this idea! Just posted on Craft Gossip, thanks for sharing:)

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  10. How adorable is this!!! I have the perfect little plastic box this would go great in. Thanks for the idea and tutorial!

  11. WHERE can I find a small magnet with a hole in it? Google is not helping me, LOL

  12. I copied and pasted your directions to my blog as I don't have time to print screen and photography my own (I think labor is starting!).
    I made sure that you were acknowledged and linked all over the place. If this is an issue, please leave a message on my board and will remove as soon as I am back home and physically able to. Please be patient!


  13. Very fun! I love homemade Christmas gifts as well. Hoping to make this soon for our Ocean unit!

  14. Pinned this! Its such an adorable idea! My daughter would love it!

  15. Oh my god! Never in my dreams I could imagine a cutest version of a fish! I really love your creation! Congrats form Madrid

  16. These are adorable..going to make a few with numbers to help kids who are learning to count. Love your ideas, and you are so sweet to share

  17. Totally awesome i am really so inspired here keep continue sharing thanks.

    Gifts Magnetic

  18. I saw your mini fishing kit idea on pinterest. What a great idea. I am a reading specialist and there are so many ways to tweak this for my struggling readers. The mini aspect to this activity is exciting. I am looking forward to making many! Now on to exploring your blog to find out what other wonderful ideas you have. And by the way, I love making gifts. The holidays are over and I am now starting on ideas for next year. Thanks again!


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