Let’s Go Fishin’
Overall Rating: 8/10
GLAM Age Range: 2-5
Number of Players: 2-4
Playing Time: 5 min
Available At: Amazon.com
Quick Take: This game kept my very active youngest child transfixed for up to 20 minutes at a time when he was a toddler. It was a veritable lifesaver for a while. And older kids like it too, the concept is simple enough for a toddler but still engaging enough for an 8 year old to play for a bit with a younger sibling or friend. And it’s indestructible, at least it’s withstood a fair bit of abuse without any sign of wear (I did just notice that after three years of play/abuse one of the fishing poles lost its tip. Still, not too shabby). And of course it’s a bummer if you lose a fish or two but you can still successfully play the game without all of them. Great little game.
How to Play: Use the fishing rod to catch as many fish as possible while the fish open and close their mouths and move in a circle.
Variations: Catch and release makes for a non-competitive yet fun way to play this. Just catch a few and then toss them back into spots, the game goes on as long as you want. Also, the game is infinitely easier when you hold the string part of the fishing rod and direct that into the fish’s mouths. Not that you need to tell your child this, they all seem figure out how to improve the rules in their favor without any adult assistance. You can aim for specific colors, have teams, it’s very open to adjustment which is a great quality in a kid’s game.