DIY number fishing game – made and discovered

This number fishing game looks like it will take all month, but it is much quicker than it looks. I made it with the help of this tutorial and I am so pleased with the outcome. Win wanted to do numbers rather than letters so I did three of each number 0-9. The only difference from the tutorial is that you have to remember sew a coin into the digit to make it magnetic.

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Win helped me do all the cutting, organising and sorting during Ru’s naps and I did a few short spurts of sewing a couple of evenings.

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For the fishing rod you need a small piece of dowel, a magnet and some string. I bought an eye bolt magnet and it arrived really quickly – it’s surprisingly powerful for one so small. After I’d tied the knots in the string I used a match to seal the ends to make it look neat and tidy.

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So far we’ve been using it to try to get to grips with bigger numbers. Win has been fishing two numbers out, putting them next to each other and trying to read the number as a whole.


Win and I made some vanilla muffins with jam and butter cream. He is always so eager to bake – mainly to lick the bowl out at the end I’ve realised.

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We also made some double dark chocolate cookies.

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Although it is close to freezing outside I feel like the lighter mornings and evenings are feeling decidedly like spring. I potted three hyacinth plants into a round tin, and it’s making me very happy. The plants were 3 for £3, which I thought was a total bargain.


I also discovered a sweet little shop called Little Maldod that sells the most wonderful gifts for mother and baby. My favourite is this canvas ‘MAMA’ bag. Isn’t it gorgeous?


What have you made and discovered this week?

E xx



  1. 22nd January 2016 / 8:36 am

    Beautiful Esther! I need to get sorted and do more baking with Megs…she does love it!
    Its so funny because that number game is one I had pinned as a gift idea for win or with actual fish hahaha random!!!!
    Love the mama bag x

    • Esther
      25th January 2016 / 10:37 pm

      Haha! Amazing! I only bake when it’s RS activity, otherwise I’d eat it all. I love the bag! xx

  2. 22nd January 2016 / 11:53 am

    Absolutely love this! I’m sorting out my craft cupboard this weekend and really looking forward to getting crafting more with my machine, my littles would love this. How long did it take you?

    Also what recipes did you use for the baking? We love baking with the kids but I do want to lol for healthier options I suppose, maybe switching the flour type?

    Yes to little Maldod! I got some postcards from her before, and they were lovely. Loving this Mama bag, I want to try and make one! And get a Mama sweater.. Or again, try and design my own ha! It’s funny as with anything handmade it’s just so much more lovelier isn’t it? And makes you feel proud when wearing/eating/using it.

    Have a lovely weekend x

    • Esther
      25th January 2016 / 10:40 pm

      It took two afternoons and two evenings probably.

      These aren’t healthy recipes Nat! I baked them to take to a get together, and people don’t seem to appreciate healthy baking at them. So they are just normal – sorry to say! I would use buckwheat though as a standard to replace normal flour though.

      SO much lovelier and so proud!!! I adore the ‘MAMA’ bag. So so sweet! xx

  3. 23rd January 2016 / 7:11 am

    Those numbers are so cute! I’d love to try and make those, need to get my head round a sewing machine.. 🙂 your bakes look delicious as well. Hope you have a lovely weekend xx

    • Esther
      25th January 2016 / 10:42 pm

      Thank you Alice! This is a super easy project because the edges are just snipped with pinking shears – almost lazy! Hope you have a lovely one too xx

  4. Katie Haydock
    25th January 2016 / 2:27 pm

    Those vanilla cakes look delish!!! What a lovely idea fishing for number and letters – I’ll be saving this one to the favourites when we’re learning letters xXx

    • Esther
      25th January 2016 / 10:42 pm

      Thank you Katie! It was good fun! xx

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