For my son’s 8th birthday party, we had a Minecraft themed party. It was so much fun! I am excited to finally share all the details with you. The first game I created was a Minecraft fishing game. It uses clothespins, magnets, and paper clips to catch the fish!

Minecraft Fishing Game for Minecraft party

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Supplies:

I started by creating the fishing poles. I purchased some 3/8″ dowel rods and cut them to 18 inches. Sand the cut edge so it doesn’t have any rough edges.

Cut dowel rod

Using a drill, I made a hole in one end of the dowel rod. This step is not absolutely necessary, but it makes it so the twine won’t fall off the end while the kids are fishing.

Drill small hole in top end of dowel rod

Thread the twine through the drilled hole. Then tie a knot.

Thread twine through hole

Tie a knot in the twine

I used these little character clothespins because they have a round bottom edge to glue the magnet to, plus a little round circular top end which made it easy to attach the twine to it.

Wooden Clothespin Characters

Tie the twine around the round edge at the top of the clothespin and secure with a knot.

Wrap twine around end of clothespin and knot

Using a strong glue, attach the magnets to the bottom of the clothespins.

Glue round magnet to end of clothespin

Now, that I had the fishing poles done, I needed to create the fish. I found images of the clownfish, raw fish, raw salmon, and pufferfish at Minecraft Wiki. I saved them to my computer and created a PNG with all the images on one page in Photoshop Elements. 

Note: If you don’t have Photoshop Elements, you can use a free program like PicMonkey.

I uploaded the image to Cricut Design Space and used the Print then Cut feature to cut out two sets of the fish. 

Minecraft Fish - Cricut Design Space

Note: You can easily hand cut out the fish, but this will take you longer than using the Cricut.

Use Cricut Explore to cut out Minecraft Fish

I placed all the fish on a laminating sheet face down and placed a large paper clip on each one in the middle before running through my laminator. You can use a little bit of double-sided adhesive to hold the paper clips in place if they are moving around too much. Once they were laminated, I cut around each fish to separate them.

Laminate fish with paperclip on them

We set up a tub with all the fishing poles. 

Bucket for fishing poles

I created a Let’s Go Fishing sign in Photoshop Elements using images of Steve, the fishing pole, the raw fish, water and grass I found on Minecraft Wiki

Minecraft Let's Go Fishing sign

We then put all the fish in a small kid pool and the kids tried to catch the fish using their magnetic poles. 

Fishing pool with fish for Minecraft game

The kids really enjoyed this game. You can have races to see who can catch the most fish the quickest. Or you can have each person try to catch a certain type or color fish. There are lots of variations you can play with this one game. My kids still play with it and create new versions what they have to do.

Minecraft Let's Go Fishing Game pieces

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