This wooden Fishing Game is sure to become a favourite with young children. It features a sturdy box base that becomes the base of the ‘sea’ and cardboard, fold-up walls to go inside the base to give some height to the edges of the fishing area. The base is decorated as the bottom of the sea and the walls are decorated with larger fishes, dolphins and other aquatic creatures. There are three green, three pink, three yellow and three blue chunky wooden fishes, each with a magnet – placed to look like an eye – on either side of their heads. Each colour is a different shape and pattern to add to the ‘fishing experience’. There is also a black wooden boot – the ‘booby’ prize for budding anglers! Two wooden fishing poles, complete with thin coloured rope and wooden (with magnet inside) ‘hook’ complete the set.
There are two game-plays described in the rules booklet: the first is a straightforward race – both players try to catch as many fish as possible. When they are all caught, the player with the most wins. The second gameplay is for each player to choose two colours. The first player to catch all their coloured fish is the winner. If a player catches the wrong colour fish it must be returned. In both game-plays, if a player catches the boot, they must put all their fish back in. As with a lot of games, the rules can be adapted to the experience, skill and age of the players to make it easier or harder. For example, to make it easier you might not include the boot; to make it more difficult you might make a rule that the players can’t look inside the fishing area.