This past weekend was our church’s annual Pig Roast!!! This is a BIG deal. At least for our family and close friends. I counted Saturday morning and realized that it was my 17th picnic! I have only missed ONCE since we moved here to Florida. The Pig Roast has always been one of the highlights of spring in FL before the sauna of summer ensues.
For entertaining the primary kids (children ages 4-11), the youth and bishop recommended a fishing activity they put on in the past and was a huge hit. The basics are a strung-up sheet in which the kids toss a fishing line over and reel it back with big “catch,” typically candy.
My craft OCD quickly overcame me and I decided that a plain bedsheet simply would not do. I was inspired by these felt aquarium magnets at the Purl Bee. And that was all it took. The rest of the week every time Zac saw me I was cutting little felt creatures which I embroidered with french knots and straight stitches for added texture.
I bought the flat sheet in blue, to save me time from painting it, from Walmart for $5. I bought two wooden poles 3 yds at the Home depot for $2.50 each and sewed the top and bottom of the sheet in about 2 inches. I also stitched closed both runs at the same end of the sheet. That way, when I turned the sheet landscape, I could slip the poles into my new pockets. The poles could then be hammered into the ground and the sheet could be free-standing. (However Zac and I realized that the weight of the sheet either requires the poles to be staked similar to a tent or you need to use longer poles than I in the ground.)
I promise I will be better at taking pictures of me in-the-process so that you can better understand my descriptions. In the meantime, these photos of the finished product will have to do….
Melissa bought a variety of candy as well as mini playdough tubs. The best way to attach the “catch” is to remove the hook from the kiddie-pole lines and replace with a bull-dog clip you can fasten the candy with.
And it seems to have been well received!