Trash 2 Treasure – July

Posted on July 5th, 2015

Welcome to the first ever Trash 2 Treasure Link up as sponsored by our friends at Duck Tape Colours. I’d love you to read what we have been upcycling and if you have a post to add please join me. All the linky guidelines are here if you fancy joining me.

The Fishing Game with Natural Resources


Fishing Game from Nature


This was one of my first Activity Hour games and is perfect with preschool age children. Fishing with the safety of no water and no real fish but a great lesson in role play and imagination. I have found little ones take to this really easily and can be totally involved in the setting up as well as the game itself and it really is a no cost option. It would work well in the garden or for a bit of fun at a picnic in the park as all the items can be acquired from nature during your outing.

What you’ll need:-

  • A picnic blanket – to make your pond, ideally in a bluish colour.
  • A stick – to become the fishing rod
  • Some sticky weed – to be the fishing line
  • Some leaves – to use as the fish.
    1. We found that Ferns worked well as the fish shaped leaves as their texture worked best with the sticky weed however we had some success with other leaves and flowers too.

What You'll Need Nature Fishing



  1. Collect all the items needed (we had a walk around the farm beforehand to find out where the things we needed to find were).
  2. Lay out the picnic blanket with space around the edges to stand and fish
  3. Wrap one end of the sticky weed around an end of the stick (so that when you hold it, it hangs down like a fishing rod).
  4. Lay the ‘fish’ leaves out on the blanket so that they’re all spread out
  5. See how many you can catch!


Method for Natural Fishing

A few fun additions to try out:-

  • You can only go on the picnic blanket if you pretend to swim
  • If you didn’t want to use leaves you could use material cut into fish shapes (however the material would have to work well with the sticky weeds)
  • Make it a friendly competition to see who could catch the most
  • Turn it into a learning experience by asking them to count the fish or about the different plants.
  • Make the collecting of the items into a scavenger hunt with a tick list to work from.

Kids playing the Fishing Game


Joining in with Trash 2 Treasure

If you have post about something you have made with something from nature or something you would have otherwise have thrown away please come and share on Trash 2 Treasure. The linky will run on the 1st Monday of every month and stay open for the full month. Post can take any format all that matters is that the item made has been upcycled from something of little value or found in nature. Leaves and loo rolls, sticks and staples, there are so many throw away items which, with a little imagination can be turned into something of value. Most of my something from nothing craft tutorials will come from fun keepsakes we have made with the children in our farm activity hour but sometimes I will share bigger upcycling projects from Farmer Nick too. I hope through the linky to acquire some new ideas and I welcome all posts old and new. 

A little extra from the awesome folk at Duck Tape Colours

Trash 2 Treasure sponsored by Duck Tape UK with Coombe Mill Holidays for creative fun.


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