We’ve been working on a bit of a loose ‘ocean’ theme the last few weeks, so I decided to let the literacy activity for this week be ‘go fish’.

For this game, we used a magnet to pick up our magnetised fish – say, 5 fish, or pick a number – then make up as many words as we can from those five letters. Pretty simple, really, and great for word exploration, spelling and a general word-building exercise, without looking or feeling like learning.Go Fish Game

For this game you will need:

  • Print out some fish. I used this one, but just Google printable fish templates and you’ll have many options.
  • Paper clips
  • Sellotape
  • A magnet
  • A string/fishing rod


To make your Go Fish Anagram Game:

  • Print and cut out the fish you require
  • Write letters on them – I started with two of each vowel (A,E,I,O,U) and the ‘common’ consonants ‘c,l, d, r, h, s, n, t’ and went from there to the other letters.
  • Stick the paperclip to the back of the fish
  • Turn them over, and Go Fish.DSCN5977 (Copy)

To turn it into a learning opportunity, select your fish, and make as many words as you can from it.

DSCN5982 (Copy)

This is a great magnet for playing Go Fish. Buy it here:


Learning Games: Using Go Fish For Anagram Words

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