Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Pretend Play- Fishing


Pretend Play Fishing- An imagination is the only requirement!

Fishing is such a wonderfully fun and relaxing way to spend the afternoon. But if you can't get to a body of water, what are you to do? Pretend fishing, of course! This is such a simple and fun activity that will stretch your child's imagination (and your's if you choose).

Supplies:

  • Imagination- The only thing you truly need. Props are just a bonus.
  • Fishing Pole- Ours is an old piece of unused PVC pipe with a string and bobber tied onto it. You could use a stick or a dowel. Or nothing tangible at all.
  • Boat- Ours is a boat made from a huge cardboard box and hot glue. You could use any box or laundry basket big enough for your child to sit in. Or nothing tangible at all. :)
  • Extra People- (Or pets) For fish! Or they could just imagine the fish.

The Play:



Solo- If your child has never fished and has no idea what to do, you could show them how to play by demonstrating yourself. Pretend to catch a great big fish. Pretend it gets away. Have fun with it. Then let them takeover. Let them make up their own stories and scenarios and watch how their play evolves. R's imaginative play usually starts slowly and then speeds up and changes direction as he gets more engrossed in the activity and really puts himself into the story. For instance, this time his play started out as him catching fish and such, and evolved into catching sharks and swimming to shore for more bait. It was entertaining to watch!

Ideas for group play for fishing pretend play

Group- Want to join in on the fun? Maybe you could both do the fishing. Or take turns fishing for one another (or siblings and friends). We made up silly songs to trick the fish into taking our bait. We were surprised when a catfish was lured into the boat with a flower as bait! We battled with great big ticklefish. For those of you that are unfamiliar with "ticklefish," they are huge, merciless fish that will tickle it's captor until they are thrown back. Anything goes!


Happy fishing!

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20 comments:

  1. I love this idea! I am pinning it!

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  2. This is such a fun idea. My son is loving pretend play right now. We'll have to have a fishing day soon! :)

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  3. HaHa! I love the catfish R caught! So cute!

    My girls would love to play this. They love to go fishing with daddy (cause mommy hates to fish!) and would have a blast pretend fishing. Pinning this idea!

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  4. Aw, what a great idea! I love the boat you guys made!

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  5. My son loves fishing with his daddy. He practices catching fish in the yard. Your pretend boat is awesome, and the catfish is too cute.

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  6. Great boat! And I love the picture with the cat :)

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  7. Joyce how AWESOME is that boat?! I mean seriously! That is fabulous. LOVE this and love how much fun he (and the cat) is having!

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  8. awesome boat! my kids would love this!!!! your son is adorable!

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  9. Your boat is amazing! What wonderful fun :-) And super cute photos - love the visiting cat (after some fish too?)!

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  10. That is a very cool boat... kind of puts our toy tub pirate ship to shame lol. I know it's not about the props... but still! lol (I know which i'd prefer to pretend fish in) hehe. Lovely!

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  11. Hooray for pretend play! LOVE the boat!!!

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  12. Such a fun pretend activity... love the boat :)

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  14. This looks like so much fun and I love his boat :)

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  15. I have tagged you for some fun, if you have the time sometime.
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  16. my son was doing this today - ok minus the very cool giant cardboard boat and minus the string - Ok I admit it he was just running around the garden with a stick telling me he was fishing, but it still looked fun.

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  17. I love this idea! What a cool carboard boat! My son went fishing for the first time last weekend and loved it. He would adore this in the backyard. I've pinned this to my back garden playscape board.

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  18. Now I want a real big box and someone to make a boat out of it for me. =)

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