Fishing for snacks, a peanut butter and goldfish activity

Now let’s put crafts, snacks and fun in the same table (literally). This is one of those activities where you can transition from doing a craft into snack time.

Instructions to set up the pieces for our lake:

  • Cut the corners of the blue construction  paper into round corners, cut wavy lines on each side of the paper as well in order to give the sheet some motion, we will pretend these is the water for our lake
  • Cut pine trees using the green construction paper, also cut tall grass using this paper.
  • With the thin popsicle sticks staple two cut out pine trees on each side of the paper (you can also glue instead of staple)
  • Using the thicker popsicle sticks tape the grass using the stick in a horizontal position
  • Now tape the blue construction paper to the table where the children will be snacking on
  • Now give the children balls of play dough and show them how they can stick the play dough to the table and then stick the trees and tall grasses on top of the play dough and this one will hold them up. Spend some time talking about the lake and have the children decide where the trees and grass will grow.
  • Now tie the pipe cleaners to one end of the pencils creating a fishing rod.
  • Fold the other end of the pipe cleaner making a hook and with a spoon smother a ball of peanut butter to the hook of the pipe cleaner. Make sure the peanut butter had been in the refrigerator for a while of not it will be too soft. You need it hard enough to mold it.
  • Now place a goldfish snack on the lake, demonstrate to the children how the sticky peanut butter attracts the fishes quickly.
  • Now you are ready to spread all the fish snack around the lake and give each child a fishing rod. The rest is a happy ending 🙂

Materials needed in order to set up our lake. This part of the activity can also follow a theme in which you talk to the children about lake creatures, what a lake is, famous lakes in our country, etc.

  1. A few sheets of blue construction paper
  2. sheets of green construction paper
  3. thick and thin Popsicle sticks
  4. tape
  5. staples
  6. play dough, green, blue and brown
  7. colorful pipe cleaners
  8. pencils
  9. goldfish snacks, or cheerios or diced apples or pretzels
  10. peanut butter, or almond butter or a sticky spread that is appropriate for a child with nut allergies
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