Ice Fishing for Letters and Numbers

When planning our January preschool theme (winter), I really wanted to do something with ice fishing - I knew it would catch the boys' attention. I ended up putting together a little ice fishing game that helps them practice letter and numeral recognition. 

my little fisherman

    "fishing hole" supplies: sturdy shoebox primed white with hold cut
out of the middle, white glue, glitter, fake snow, and a foam brush
*an x-acto knife works great for cutting the hole

1- brush a thin layer of glue over box
2- sprinkle with glitter and fake snow
3- let dry 

fish supplies: pdf available here, scissors, stapler
1- print fish out on card stock
2 - cut out one set of letters and number fish, leave the other set
intact as a matching card. 

3 - place two staples near each fish's mouth
*i originally planned on using paper clips instead of staples but we didn't have enough -
the staples worked great

fishing pole supplies: string, glue, two round magnets, pencil, tape
1- cover one magnet with glue and then place string and
other magnet on top
2- tie string around pencil and secure with tape (fyi: i left the
 string too long at first - it seemed best when it was a little
shorter than the pencil)
*these were the supplies we had on hand - when i originally planned out the game I
envisioned using a dowel and a ring magnet

finished game -  the boys fish for the dots/lowercase letters and then
place each fish on it's corresponding numeral/uppercase letter

big buddy enjoying his new game :) 

Lots more great kid friendly ideas can also be found at these link parties: Link and LearnWeekly Kid Co-opMontessori MondayHip Homeschool HopPreschool CornerFor the Kids Fridays, and Show and Share Saturday. 


  1. What a cute idea!! I've never seen anything for ice fishing. Love it! I'm a new follower from the blog hop. :)

  2. What a great idea!!! So much fun & educational too :)


  3. ICE FISHING!! This is so smart!! I am going to make one and ad it to my fishing themed prop box along with all my other fish games and activities. Thanks for sharing!

    (Saw you linked up at Imagination Tree)

  4. My speech students are going to love this! They have gone fishing, but will love ice fishing with words with their sounds connected with a paperclip on the fish.

    I am a new follower from the blog hop. :)

  5. New follower! Found you thru the hop :) Such a great fun idea!! Looking forward to following your blog!

  6. I have become a follower and look forward to reading your new posts.

  7. That's cute :) I would have loved that as a kid!

  8. oh wow! That is a great idea in so many ways! teaches everything!! I am your newest follower from the hop..pls follow back if you can!

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  10. What a great idea!!! The kids up here in Northern MN would love that too, thanks so much for sharing it. I am stopping over and following on the blog hop, congrats on being the spotlight blogger this week! :)

  11. We love fishing, but I am sad to say, my kids will have no idea what ice fishing is =(

  12. I use to love playing a fishing game as a child.
    I'm a new follower from the blog hop.

  13. I'm your newest follower from the hop and I am also a home school mommy of 2 preschoolers! thanks for this great blog with great ideas.

    Keeping up with Kristi

  14. I like how you've done numbers too. Fun way to make learning enjoyable. from playtime hop

    veornica @

  15. That is brilliant! :) I never would have thought of it. It ties so nicely into your winter theme. :)

  16. Ok, I have to tell you how crazy this is...I made a fishing pole earlier tonight to do an activity just like this and now I am seeing how adorable yours turned out. I made my pole bigger out of a wrapping paper role. So glad I stopped by to see your idea so I can copy cat some of it. :)

  17. What a great idea! I pinned it to do this week I hope. I have been trying to come up with ideas for "I is for ice" and this will be perfect! You're awesome :)

  18. You have the BEST craft ideas for your kids! This is something I am not so good at(but I want to be)!! Keep 'em coming!

  19. Great Idea! Totally stealing this! =)

  20. This is such a great idea and could be modified to practice so many different concepts! I like the idea of using the staples, they don't cover up so much of the fish and won't tangle or warp the fish over time.

  21. Love this idea! My daughter wants to go ice fishing for real, but this I can handle!

  22. I really like the ice fishing aspect of this activity - great twist on an old favorite!

  23. Love this! I need to make one now too!

  24. Fabby idea and just what we need for our winter and letter of the week work! Thanks for the ideas!!

  25. I've done a very similar activity before with farm animals but I love how this has a real "game" aspect. I'm definitely going to try it. Thanks for the idea.

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  27. This is so cute! I'm thinking of doing a polar unit with my kids and this would be a great way to work on letter or number recognition while keeping with the polar theme!

  28. Super cute! Found from His For Homeschooling via pinterest

  29. This is such a creative idea will use for an art project in February teaching about fresh water fish and history of ice fishing!


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