Counselor McKenna has been looking forward to this afternoon – she finally gets to take out The Queen Bee and teach our campers how to fish!! But first, we need to make some fish and some fishing rods!
The girls took The Queen’s Treasures Skiff out on the pond for a fishing lesson. As you can see, they both fit comfortably in the skiff and it looks like they both caught some fish.
This project was a dual effort! Natalie is the Sculpey Queen of this house – she can make so many detailed and creative items so she offered to make the fish and show you how to make some yourself. I figured out how to make the fishing rods, so I will share that part.
For the fish, you will need:
- Sculpey Oven Bake Clay in your choice of colors or formulation – I personally LOVE the Glow in the Dark set.
- Sculpey Work ‘n Bake Clay Mat (optional but recommended)
- Sculpey Clay Tool Starter Set
- Sculpey Super Slicer (optional)
Step 1 – Using your Super Slicer or plastic knife, slice off a 1/4″ or so block from your base color clay.
Step 2 – Shape in to a fish.
Step 3 – Using the Super Slicer, slice a thin piece of clay in a contrasting color to make stripes for you fish. You can make the stripes wavy, different colors, whatever! Use your imagination!
Step 4 – Place stripes/embellishments on fish.
Step 5 – Roll a little ball of white glow in the dark clay and place it on your fish for his eye. Then roll an even smaller ball of the black clay to go in the center of your fish eye.
Step 6 – Make a hole in the fish’s mouth so you can “hook” him later with your fishing pole.
Step 7 – With adult supervision, bake your clay fish using the temperature and time listed on the clay package.
Make as many fish as you would like! Try out different shapes, different colors and different decorations, too!
Now to make the fishing rods! You will need:
- A set of wooden chopsticks (or a dowel rod or a pencil will do in a pinch!)
- 3 buttons per fishing rod – 2 of equal size and one smaller
- 4 pony beads
- Coats and Clark embroidery floss (I used green so you could see it in photos but you could use clear fishing line, too)
- A paper clip
- Hot glue gun
Step 1 – Separate the chopsticks so you have two.
Step 2 – Make a button sandwich with the smallest button in the center. Use your hot glue gun (with adult supervision please) to glue the buttons together and then onto the flat part of the chopstick.
Step 3 – Glue four pony beads on their sides to the chopstick.
Step 4 – Cut a piece of embroidery thread about twice the length of your fishing rod. Tie one end around the button and then thread the remainder through the pony beads.
Step 5 – Cut a paper clip in half and form it into a hook. Tie the hook on to the end of the embroidery floss and stick the other end through the fish’s mouth.
Once the fishing poles and fish were made, McKenna and Kaya headed out to the pond. (Yes, our fine pond is made from a large piece of Kunin Felt!) McKenna encourged Kaya to give it a try and wouldn’t you know, Kaya caught a really pretty pink fish!
I love that The Queen’s Treasures used rope to attach the oars to the boat – they stay attached but have great movement!
Just as Kaya reeled in her fish it looks like McKenna caught the green one! McKenna is teaching Kaya how to identify the different fish in the Camp Doll Diaries pond. She explains to Kaya that they don’t make great pets and are not big enough to eat so they will be releasing their fish back into the pond.
I just LOVE the back of the Skiff – The Queen Bee is such a perfect name for the camp boat.
In this post:
- American Girl McKenna is wearing the Fishing Adventure outfit from The Queen’s Treasures.
- American Girl Kaya is wearing AG clothes and Madame Alexander shoes.
- McKenna’s camp pins are for sale in the Doll Diaries Etsy store.
- Of course, by now you know the Skiff is from The Queen’s Treasures
Thank you to Sculpey and The Queen’s Treasures for making today’s fabulous outdoor fun possible! And stop back later on for a few cute outtakes from my photoshoot… of course it includes our cats!