- 4 x 4 x 4-in. white gift boxes, 1 per child
- Wooden chopsticks, 1 stick per child
- Light blue craft paint, amount varies
- Epsom salt, amount varies
- Fish Cards V. 1 (DVD-ROM or included as download below)
- Salmon-colored cardstock, 1 sheet per child
- Paper clips, 18 per child
- String or fish line, 18 in. per child
- Tiny ring magnets, 1 per child
- Pony beads, 1 per child
- Small glue dots, 3 per child
- Drinking straws, 1 for every 4 children
Tools and Basic Supplies
- Office paper cutter
- Transparent Tape
- Cotton Balls
- Black permanent marker
- Glue sticks
- Cut a 3-in. diameter hole in the center of each gift box
- Cut each drinking straw into 4 equal segments.
- Cut string or fish line into 18-in. pieces. Then tie one
end of each piece to a pony bead and the other end to
a ring magnet, maintaining at least 14 inches between
the bead and magnet.
- Mark a black dot 2 in. from the thicker end of each
- Photocopy the Fish Cards onto salmon-colored cardstock.
Then cut out the two-sided fish rectangles, one
complete set per child.
Have any of you ever been fishing? How about ice fishing?
In the Arctic, Inuits ice fish by cutting a hole in the ice.
Then they put a fake fish on a line and lower it in the hole
and jiggle it.
People in the Arctic work hard at fishing because fish provide
a way to stay well fed.
In a similar way, it's important for us to have not only our
daily food but also our daily spiritual food. Our spiritual
food comes from reading the Bible. Just like we don't want
to go a day without food, we don't want to go a day without
our spiritual food. God has given us His Book so we can
have His words to "eat." Read Jeremiah 15:16.
Today's craft is an Icebreaker Fishing game you can play
with your family as you eat meals together. Take it home
and put it on your table. It will be fun to play as you fish for icebreaker
questions to answer together. But use it to
remind you to read the Bible, too!
Class Time Directions
- Assemble the gift box.
- Dab a cotton ball into the light blue paint, then gently
dab around the edge of the hole in the top of the box.
- Lightly sprinkle some Epsom salt onto the painted area.
Then shake off any excess.
- Do the same thing (dab paint and sprinkle salt) along
the base of each side of the box. Then set the box aside
- Take the chopstick and apply a glue dot over the black
- Take string (or fish line) and press the pony bead (side
with hole) onto the glue dot. Then run the fish line
along the chopstick and secure it to the end of the
chopstick with transparent tape. The rest of the fish line
(with the magnet) should be hanging from the end of
the chopstick like a fishing pole.
- Use two glue dots to attach the piece of straw vertically
to the side of the box near the top. Place the “fishing
pole” into the straw piece "holder" and set aside.
- Glue stick the insides of the two-sided fish. Then place
a paper clip on one side and fold the other side over,
pressing securely. Repeat for every fish.
- Place all the fish inside the box, and you’re ready to fish!
Clothespins work well for holding cotton balls while
You don’t need as much paint as you might think. A
little goes a long way!
Do painting and salt work on large paper plates. When
done, bend plate in half and pour excess salt back into
If pressed for time, paper clips can be clipped to the
outside of the fish. Kids can glue them inside the fish at
If ordering chopsticks or asking restaurants for donations,
remember that they come in pairs!
Epsom salt should not be ingested.