Friday, February 26, 2010

Birthday Party Highlights: Pirates and Mermaid Party Fishing Game

Time for Pirate and Mermaid Party Games!

Yes, you CAN fish indoors during a February birthday party.

Start with a small wading pool.

(recognize this one? It's our summer water table when I stack it on milk crates on our deck)
Beach towels underneath, on the kitchen floor.
A stack of dry hand towels nearby for spills, drips, wet hands.
Two watering cans full of water.

Hand cut, Craft foam fish decorated with permanent markers
and colored paper clips added to their mouths.

Fishing poles were homemade by me and the hubby...

We sawed bamboo poles (with a hack saw)
from the dollar store in half and added a pencil eraser to the rough edge.

Then I added yarn and refrigerator magnets.
You could use cardboard wrapping paper tubes
or dowel rods... or even just a pencil with a string.

*NOTE from the trenches* please learn from my mistakes
Our strings were too long when we started (around 2 feet) 
The kids kept getting tangled together.
Wet yarn tangles = frustrated kids  and mom with very wet fingers...
solution: Cut the strings to about 12"-14" 

Remember to throw them back
when you're done fishing and let some one else have a go at them!
This game is fun in the bath tub too!

* We also had a tub with gems and plastic toys in it buried in a ball pit for the little ones
to dig and add to treasure boxes I picked up at the craft store. *

For more Pirate and Mermaid Birthday party Fun check out my other posts!
Pirate and Mermaid Party Highlights Post One.
Pirate and Mermaid Party Games Post Two
Pirate and Mermaid Party Crafts Post Three
Pirate and Mermaid Party Photo Props Post Four 
Pirate and Mermaid Party Thank You Notes Post Five


Melody said...

Such a great idea and thanks for the tip about how long to cut the strings. I appreciate that! :)

Amanda said...

For my 7th birthday my mom did the same thing, only she decided to dye the water blue to really make it stand out. Unfortunately my little friend Danny decided that he wanted to fish while standing in the pool. When his mom went to go pull him out 20 minutes later, his legs were completely blue. We still tease him about it, lol.

Motherhood Moments said...

What a nifty blog!

I love this birthday party idea...now whether or not I'd ever attempt it with SO many kids, remains to be seen! :-)

Mama to 3 Blessings said...

What fun! I love this blog!!!! I stumbled across it thru another blog - signed up to follow you! Can't read to read more! :)I am homeschool mom I am sure I will really love this blog! :)

Mama King said...

Great tip about the water table, by the way!

Mama King said...

Looks fun! I bet this may become a special request...mom, can we fish inside again?

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