Fishing for Friends


Which classmate will you catch in this fun fishing pond? Hook up with new friends!


1. Who else in your class plays soccer or collects seashells? Make and play this game to find out about interests you share with your classmates.

2. Create a fishing pond. With Crayola® Scissors, widen the opening of a recycled tissue box. Cover your art area with newspaper. Paint the inside of the box with Crayola Washable Tempera and Paint Brushes so it looks like water. Air-dry the paint.

3. Cover the box, except for the pond opening, with paper. Attach paper with Crayola School Glue. Air-dry the glue. With a Crayola Gel Marker, color the box to look like grass. Roll out a rope of blue Crayola Model Magic. Glue it around the pond’s edge. Shape Model Magic trees, flowers, vines, and animals that live around ponds. Glue them to your scene.

4. Make the fishing bear. Create a Model Magic bear and glue it to box. Color a craft stick (fishing pole) and attach a piece of string to one end of the pole with glue. Press the fishing pole in the bear's paws. On the other end of the string, glue a hook.

5. Create your fish. Next, you and everyone in the class draws a fish on construction paper with Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils. Write your name on one side of the fish. On the other side, write something about yourself, such as your favorite hobby or sport. Color your fish and then erase parts to show scales, fins, and eyes. Attach fastener tape to your fish and let it swim in the pond. Happy fishing for new friends!

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Crayola Modeling Materials including Crayola Model Magic®, and Model Magic Fusion™, Crayola Air-Dry Clay, and Crayola Dough—

  • Keep away from open flames. Do not use to make candleholders, hot plates, trivets, or other similar objects that will be used or placed near fire and other heat sources.
  • Do not put in an oven, microwave, or kiln.
  • Do not make into vessels/containers that will hold unpackaged food.
  • The use of modeling material to make items that look like food is discouraged for children younger than age 5 to avoid their confusion with real food.
  • Unless sealed with a water-resistant glaze, do not make projects exposed to or immersed in water, such as boats or outdoor bird feeders. They would disintegrate when exposed to moisture.
  • Crayola Dough—contains gluten (wheat flour) as an ingredient.
  • Crayola Air-Dry Clay, Crayola Model Magic and Model Magic Fusion are gluten-free. However, they are produced on the same machinery as Crayola Dough which does contain gluten. Although the machines are cleaned prior to the start of each production run, there is a slight possibility that trace amounts of gluten from Crayola Dough may be present in the other modeling compound products. For information regarding specific ingredients or allergic concerns, please call our Consumer Affairs department at 1-800-272-9652 weekdays between 9 AM and 4 PM Eastern Standard Time.

Crayola Washable Paints—Not for use as body/face paint.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.

String-Like Materials—Includes string, raffia, lacing, yarn, ribbon, and other similar material. Children 3 years and younger should not be given any string-like material that is longer than 12 inches. Close adult supervision is essential whenever children use string-like material. When crafts are to be worn around the necks of children 8 years and younger, attach the ends of the “string-like material” with clear adhesive tape, which allows easy release of the bond if the craft becomes entangled or caught on equipment. For children older than 8 years, the ends of the “string-like material” may be tied and knotted.

Wood—By its nature, wood is rough and may contain splinters or sharp points


  • Magnet tape and paper clips could be used for fishing.
  • Adapt the pond to play other learning games, such as these: Write color names on fish. When you catch a color, name as many fruits, vegetables, or other foods that are that color. Place numerals in the pond. When you catch one, name the factors of that number. Write homonyms or synonyms on fish. When you catch a word, spell its homonym(s) or synonym(s) and define. Use words in the pond to review opposites, antonyms, spelling words, or parts of speech.

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crayola supplies
  • Paint Brushes
  • Erasable Colored Pencils
  • Gel Markers
  • Artista II® Washable Tempera Paint
  • Model Magic®
  • No-Run School Glue
  • Blunt-Tip Scissors
  • Giant Floor Pad
household supplies
  • string
  • craft sticks
  • recycled tissue box
  • hook and loop fastener tape



  • Pre-K and Kindergarten
  • Grades 1 to 3


  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts


  • Multiple Sessions


  • Students design a creative fishing game in which they measure pieces, sculpt a pond scene, and write details about themselves.

  • Students seek new friends by playing a game to discover children with similar interests and hobbies.

  • Teachers gather information about the social climate of their classroom by observing students interact with one another while creating and playing the game.


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