It is #RhymeTime again and this fortnights Nursery Rhyme is “1,2,3,4,5 Once I Caught A Fish Alive”. As the rhyme involves numbers it is obviously one of Adam’s favourites.
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We decided to create a number fishing Tuff Spot. First we needed a boat. We recently bought Adam a Build Your Own Play Centre for his birthday. The versatile construction kit allows you to make a house, a tent, football goal or a boat. It is easy to build – even I was able to follow the instructions and create the boat!
To create the sea out came our trusty Blue Tuff Spot and Cosy Direct Tuff Spot Stand. On our last trip to the seaside we purchased a small fishing net – although a smaller one would have been easier for Adam to control.
Finally I wanted to find a way that Adam could store the fish once he had caught them. The previous day we had been playing with pool noodles. From our previous pool noodle activities I remembered how easy they were to cut and realised I could make a slit into the noodle to slot the fish into. I used the same marker pen to write the numbers on the pool noodle fish stand.
Adam loved doing the activity from his boat. It took a little practise for him to be able to manipulate the fishing net and catch the fish but he persevered. With a toddler wielding a wet fishing net Dad-Dad and I got soaked in the process of getting the fish from the Tuff Spot to the boat.
It was a great activity to reinforce Adam’s number recognition and ordering as well as developing gross motor skills. Our number fishing Tuff Spot could easily be adapted by drawing spots on the fish and matching the number of dots to the corresponding number. The activity could also be extended by writing the number names on the pool noodle and matching the to match numerals to number names.
* Build Your Own Play Centre boat
* Craft Foam and scissors
* Small fishing net
* Pool noodle
Check out the other #RhymeTime activities based around the Nursery Rhyme “1,2,3,4,5 Once I Caught A Fish Alive”
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