Toddler Snack Idea: Fine Motor Fishing

Today I thought I’d share a quick snack idea that we’ve been enjoying lately around Twodaloo central. I love snacks that double as activities…I guess you could call them “snacktivities,” hah!  ANYway, this is one that we even took to share with our co-op friends during outdoor adventure week at school, and it was a hit with the 2s and 3s class.  Plus, you get to sneak in some fine motor practice to boot…pretty great, huh?

Fine motor fishing snack for kids

Toddler Snack Idea: Fine Motor Fishing

To make this fishing snack, you only need three ingredients:

  • Thin carrot sticks (or pretzel sticks)
  • Hummus (or peanut butter- it just needs to be sticky)
  • Goldfish crackers or something similar

Ingredients for fishing snack

 Set up is pretty darn easy. Place your items on a plate. There ya go 😉

dip and catch your fish

For the “snacktivity” part, tell your kiddo(s) that it’s time to go fishing! Show them how to use their little pincer grasps to grab a “fishing pole,” dip it in their hummus, and then touch it on a goldfish to “catch” it.

Goldfish on the carrot "pole"

And now, there’s nothing left but to take a nice crunchy bite! CHOMP.

All smiles and goldfish

All smiles and goldfish. What more can you ask for in a snacktivity?

Developmental Skills

In addition to fine motor practice, there is a ton of language production that accompanies this snack each time we eat it- the twins love to make up stories about going fishing and name all the “fish families” before they eat them. A little morbid, yes, but I do love all the imaginary play! This would also be a great activity if you were working on sequencing goals with a child- have the child tell all the steps to “catch” their fish.


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  1. Brandee says:

    What a great idea!!! My son will not dip anything!! I am going to try this! The fishing concept may help!!!

  2. This looks so fun! I can’t wait to try it with the kiddos.

  3. Love this idea – totally going to use it at our next playdate. All the kids want to do is snack anyway!