Make your own Chinese Fishing Game
Fish are very important to Chinese culture. They represent wealth, harmony, marital happiness and reproduction. Carp ponds are popular in China, as are large ceramic bowls (fish bowls) for goldfish.
This is an 18th-century porcelain saucer for a tea bowl, as tea was drunk from small bowls rather than cups. It was made during the Ch’ing period. Goldfish became a popular design in the 18th century as fish generally symbolise abundance. However, fish swimming through water weeds might be alluding to the famous Zhuangzhi parable called The Joy of Fish.
Make your own fishing game to play with your family.
You will need
Medium size cardboard box.
Paper clips or garden wire
Sticks (pencils would be fine)
Your cardboard box will be your fish bowl. You might choose to decorate this with images of fish. If the box is plain, you could draw and colour straight onto it. If not, you could draw fish on paper and stick on
Now draw and colour a number of fish. 10 or 12 is fine, but you may decide to do more. You can find images on the internet of Chinese-style fish
Cut out your fish
Using a paper clip or garden wire, bend until you have a loop to stick up at right angles from the flat fish
Tape onto the back of the fish
Repeat for all your fish
Tie a piece of string/thread to the end of your stick/pencil
Tie a paper clip or piece of wire to the end of the string and bend to create a hook. This is your fishing rod
Repeat for as many fishing rods as you wish
Now start playing, enjoy the game and remember, just like fishing for real, you might need some patience as you hope a fish will ‘take the hook’
You can, of course, make up your own rules for the game. Here are some examples:
Without looking in the box, everyone fishes at the same time, trying to ‘hook’ a fish. The one who hooks the most wins.
You write a number on each fish, say 1 to 12. Without looking in the box, everyone fishes at the same time and tries to hook as many fish as possible. However, it is the highest value that wins, so one fish numbered 12 is worth more than three fish numbered 1, 3 and 5.
Take it in turns. Without looking in the box, each player has 60 seconds to hook as many fish as possible. The most pulled out or highest value, wins
Choose one or two colours. You are only allowed to hook your own colours. If you hook a wrong colour, you must throw the fish back in the box. First one to hook all their fish, wins.
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