Making your own fishing poles for preschool

Fishing poles can be made in many ways and can be used for all kinds of preschool activities.  This fishing pole is simply a dowel rod that I painted then taped on a length of yarn.

At the end of the yarn, I added a small, but strong, magnet wrapped in a thin piece of material.

To go with each fishing pole is a cloth carrier. By storing each pole in a carrier, I don’t have to worry about the magnets and strings of the poles getting all tangled between uses. It makes for much easier hauling and storing.

The poles just slide right into the little pouches and then I tie the ends to keep them from sliding out until I need them again.

Things to think about

1. When you make a fishing pole – don’t make the rod too long. My rods are actually a bit too long and need cut down.

2. Be sure to sand any rough ends or edges.

3. Use a strong magnet that will pick up a paper clipped fish or item easily.

4. Use thick yarn or cord so the yarn doesn’t get tangled all the time and is easy to untangle when needed.

By |2010-06-28T10:00:33+00:00June 28th, 2010|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Scott June 28, 2010 at 3:07 pm - Reply

    Those pouches are genius. I can’t count the number of times I’ve untangled fishing poles.

    • Deborah J. Stewart June 28, 2010 at 6:58 pm - Reply

      I used to have that same problem:) You could probably use an old sock on the end too:)

  2. Jen July 7, 2010 at 8:21 am - Reply

    Your rods look much better than the one I threw together for my children! We did a lot of different learning activities with ours- letter recognition, sight words, and early math. Thanks for stopping by Creative and Curious Kids! I love the Spot books as well. I miss the preschool days! My girls are 6 and 8 now, but i have a 6 month old, so i’m looking forward to preschool fun and learning with him! I may be teaching my older girls at home this fall via cyberschool- fun but life will be interesting for sure!

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