Fishing for Letters

Make this fishing craft with your child and use it as an exciting way to practice the alphabet and develop early decoding and reading skills.
Fishing for Letters craft


  • Fishing container (ice cream tub
    or box)
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Palette
  • Construction paper
  • Markers
  • Drinking straw or wooden dowel
  • Small magnet
  • Paper clips
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Scotch tape

Safety Tips

  • Kids 8 years and younger should use child-safe scissors.
  • Keep the craft knife out of children's reach.
  • Watch out for this sign Ask for an adult's help.. It means adult help is needed for the particular step.


Step 1 Fishing for Letters 1. Find a suitable fishing container. An ice cream tub, tissue box, paper bowl with cover, or similar container can be used.
Step 2 Fishing for Letters Ask for an adult's help.2. Make a hole at least 2 inches in diameter at the center of the container's lid.
Step 3 Fishing for Letters 3. Paint your fishing container with your chosen color of acrylic paint. To keep with the fishing theme, you can paint your container blue.
Step 4 Fishing for Letters 4. Paint on some fishes and other aquatic creatures. You may also use fish cut-outs or stickers.
Step 5 Fishing for Letters 5. Cut out fish shapes or 1" x 1" squares from construction paper. Write a letter on each square or fish.

We have the following templates that you can print out:
Step 6 Fishing for Letters 6. Attach a paper clip to each letter square or fish.
Step 7 Fishing for Letters 7. Drop the letter squares or fishes into the container.
Step 8 Fishing for Letters 8. Cut string to approximately 1 ½ to 2 feet in length. Tape one end of the string to a small magnet.
Step 9 Fishing for Letters 9. Tie the other end of the string to the end of a drinking straw or wooden dowel.
Step 10 Fishing for Letters 10. Use the fishing rod to "fish" for alphabet letters. Can you identify each letter you catch?
Step 11 Fishing for Letters 11. You can also do a spelling game. Fish for a few letters and spell some words from them.