Handmade Toys: Fishing With Magnets

After the DIY Little Carousel, here’s a new tutorial for a handmade toy. You can make it for your children and ask them for help. Just follow these few simple steps!

Let’s fish with stick and magnets!

Difficulty: 2/5

Fishing with magnets

a plywood sheet 5mm thick
a little wooden stick with a diameter of 1cm and 120cm long
two magnets
two strings 120cm long
acrylic colours and brushes
cardboard sheets and pencils
self-tapping wood screws 3mm long

a screwdriver
a fretsaw


Cut fishes with the fretsawDraw on the cardboard sheet some fishes and cut them. Put the fishes on the plywood sheet and draw on it the shapes with a pencil. Cut the fishes on the plywood sheet with the fretsaw. Sandpaper the borders and the sides.Sandpaper the fishes

With the acrylic colours, paint the fishes as you prefer. Draw the scales, the fins or the tentacles with a felt-tip pen.

Paint the fishes and add the screwsNow, insert the self-tapping screws in the washers and screw them by the fishes’ eyes.

Under each fish, write the score.Write the scores


Cut the wooden stick in two parts 60cm long. Sandpaper the ends. Tie the string and fix it with vinyl glue.

The fishing rodAt the other end of the string, tie the magnet and fix it with vinyl glue.

Which strange sea creature have you caught? Some original ideas to add to this activity? Let us know with comments.

From Francaviglia, Riccardo. (October 2008). Costruire Giocattoli. Aversa (CE): Nuova Fiordaliso. pp 33 – 35.

Translation: Rossana Caruso

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  1. […] little Treehouse there are a lot of DIY gifts ideas and tutorials! Check out The Little Carousel, Fishing With Magnets, The Cradle Carousel, The Penguin and The Magic […]

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