- Step 1: Choose a Pattern and Print It
Choose the pattern you want to make. Download and print the
pattern. For the fishing game, you will want to make six or more fish
(minnows are a kind of small fish). If you print on paper,
each pattern will make two fish, since the fish are
Choose a design that prints in color, or select a
black & white pattern and use your creativity to add color and
designs. To make lots of fish quickly, print the black & white
patterns on colored cardstock.
Patterns are Adobe PDF files. The
Adobe Reader is available for free.
All of Aunt Annie's project patterns are designed to be printed on standard letter-size paper (8.5"x11" or A4).
When printing from Adobe Reader, you may need to select Auto-Rotate and Center or Choose paper source by PDF page size to ensure the best fit.
- Step 2: Color (optional)
Color the fish with any colors you like. Be sure to color both
sides of the fish.
Tip: If you printed on cardstock, you may find
it easier to color the reverse sides of the fish after they are cut
- Step 3: Cut
If you printed on paper, make double-layered fish by cutting the rectangles
surrounding each pair of fish on the gray outline. Fold the paper in half
along the middle gray line, carefully matching corners. Glue the two
halves together. After the glue is dry, cut out the fish on the black
outline. Do the same for the side fins. Each pattern makes two
double-layered fish, each with a pair of side fins.
If you printed on cardstock, cut out the fish and side fins on the black outlines.
Each pattern has four single-layer fish and a pair of side fins for each.
Tip: Make a more accurate fold by first scoring
the fold line with an empty ballpoint pen or bone folder. Align a
ruler along the fold line as a guide when scoring.
- Step 4: Finish Fish
Use your ¼" hole punch to make a hole in the nose of
each fish. Use the dashed gray circle as a guide. Fold back a ¼"
tab at the base of each side fin. Glue the side fins to either side
of the fish on the short dashed gray line.
Tip: Keep in mind that the right and left side
fins are the reverse of each other.
After the glue has set, fold the side fins out and stand up the
completed fish, with the side fins
- Step 5: Make Wire Rings
Make a wire ring to slip through each fish's nose for hooking the
fish. The size of the ring determines how difficult it is to
catch a fish. Make larger rings by cutting a 3" length of
20-gauge wire and wrapping it around a glue stick. For smaller rings,
cut a 1½" to 2" length of wire and wrap it around the barrel
of a thick marker. Make one ring for each fish.
Use the needle-nose pliers to help you form the rings. Each ring
should have a short (¼" to ½") overlap, like those on
key rings or jewelry jump rings.
Attach a ring to the nose of each each fish. Do this by sliding
the fish's nose through the slit where the wire ring overlaps. Turn
the ring so that one end of the overlapped wire goes through the
punched hole in the fish's nose.
Tip: You can use paper clips
instead of making wire rings.
- Step 6: Make Hook and Rod
Cut a 2½" to 3" length of wire to make your fishing hook. Wrap one
end of the wire around the glue stick to make a hook, and use the
needle-nose pliers to make an eyelet at the other end.
Make the rod from a 24" piece of ¼" dowel rod or a stick.
Sand the rod to smooth the ends and remove any roughness.
Cut a 24" length of string and tie one end around the tip of the
rod. Secure the string with a drop of glue. Tie the hook to the
other end of the string.
Tip: For younger children, make an easier game
by using metal paper clips on fish that are caught with
a magnet. Use a 1" or larger circular or
horseshoe-shaped magnet, and tie it to the end of the string instead of a
hook. You can also make the rod and string shorter, if needed, to fit the
- Step 7: Play the Fishing Game
You will need six or more fish, a hook and rod, and a watch or
timer to play the Fishing Game. You also need pencil and
paper to keep score.
Two or more players can play. The object of the game is to be the
first player to score 25 points. With four or more players, you
can play in teams, with the first team to earn 50 points being the winner.
- Put the fish on the floor, standing them up with the side
fins used as supports. The players stand around the fish in a
circle. If you like, make a pond shape with rope or cord
and put the fish inside the pond.
- The youngest player goes first, and then play goes clockwise around
- Set the timer for 3 minutes, and say "Go!". The player sees
how many fish he/she can catch before 3 minutes are up.
- Count the number of fish caught and award 2 points for each. Write
the score on a piece of paper. Go on to the next player. For
fish with smaller rings, score 3 points each.
- Keep fishing until one player has 25 points total—he or she is
Tip: The time limit can be shortened to make the
game more challenging. The winning score can be made smaller (10
points) or higher (up to 100 points) to make the game go faster or