Grab a fishing pole and let’s get to it!
Nothing like a little indoor cookie cutter fishing before my morning coffee to really get the day started in a hurry. Sometimes you need to start the day with an activity, not Folgers.
Despite the lack of coffee (or in spite of the lack of coffee), cookie cutter fishing was a snap to set up and an easy way to start out morning. Oh and give me a chance to brew and drink that desperately needed cup of coffee…
Here’s how we set up our cookie cutter fishing.
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- storage tub + water
- cookie cutters
- pipe cleaners
I started this activity by filling a storage tub about a quart of the way full of water. Not so much that we could have a water problem, but just enough that we could have floating cookie cutters. Next, I dumped in a few handfuls cookie cutters much to my toddler’s delight.
I then took a pipe cleaner and bent it into a little hook as our make shift fishing pole. My toddler, Sam (28 mos) used this “pole” to fish out the plastic cookie cutters. I was crossing my fingers that this would work and was ecstatic when it did.
Side note: If I was doing this with a younger toddler – say 20 months to 26 months – I would have swapped the pipe cleaner for a ladle and done scoop fishing. Surprisingly, the pipe cleaner is “tough”. Just tough enough to be perfect for Sam, 28 months when he did this. Any younger and this would have been a frustration road block. Definitely know your toddler audience for this type of activity.
I totally should have set the storage tub and water on a beach towel, but remember that part of this was done before coffee? Whatevs. Even without a towel, the slosh out factor was minimal and the fun factor was high.
This activity was a perfect way to start the day. My toddler practiced hand-eye coordination, dexterity, and all sorts of other fine motor skills just by cookie cutter fishing. Not a bad way to spend the morning.
Would your toddler like to go cookie cutter fishing?
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