For this week's Winter Bazaar idea here's an easy game that should keep the kids entertained no matter what the weather outside is like.
Using a long dowl (which can be purchased in the hardware sections of most stores) make a fishing pole with a string tied to a strong magnet. I've found that the easiest way to tie it is to buy one of those super magnets that are shrink wrapped to a piece of carboard. I leave it in the wrapper, cut a square around it and punch a small hole with a hole punch. Easy way to attach it.
Next you'll need something to fish for so save the metal disc tops off of cans of frozen juice concentrate. Once you have some of these saved up children can decorate them with permanent markers, stickers, magazine pictures, or adhesive puffy shapes. If you'd like to make it into a teaching tool you could have them decorate the lids with shapes, letters of the alphabet, numbers, animals, words or some other educational theme--whatever strikes your fancy.
My kids sit on the stairs, chuck a handful of the lids onto the floor, then pretend they're fishing by catching lids with the magnet on the end of the pole's string--you could expand it into a game where they have to catch certain letters or shapes, maybe some that are listed on a piece of paper. Get creative with it!
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