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by Joost Nusselder | Updated on:  November 20, 2022

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Magnetic fishing games have been around since I was a kid and are still a favorite, but there's also a ton of junk out there.

The best fishing game I've come across this one from New Classic Toys. It's very cute wood with a little piece of sea for them to swim in. Plus the magnet works very well. We had a lot of fun playing with this.

In this buying guide, I've reviewed the 7 best sets and talk about what to look out for.

Best Magnetic Fishing Rod Toy Reviewed

Let's take a quick look at all the options. Then I'll go into more detail about each of these choices.

Overall best magnetic fishing rod

New Classic Toysfishing game

Many fishing rod games are made of plastic and do not last long. New Classic Toys does things differently with a wooden game.

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Best cheap magnetic fishing rod

LewoAlphabet Fish Game

You can play it in different ways. There are letters on the fish so slightly older children could catch their name, or other words you agree on.

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Best fishing game magnetic building set

stick-ofishing game

The toy set consists of 26 molds with which your little one can build the nicest characters, all in an underwater theme with magnetic fishing rod.

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The classic fishing game

GoliathLet's Go Fishin'

The classic magnet fishing game. Many have imitated it but only one can be the real one. It's Goliath's fishing game.

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Best 4 in 1

BobyFish Stacking Game

This Montessori toy combines a magnetic fishing game with stacking, stringing beads and a balance game.

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Best for fine motor skills

Annie's ChoiceFish and grab game

It is a large solid pine wood base with 5 carrots, 5 magnetic fish, and 6 worms. All made of wood.

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Best game for toddlers

HeatMy First Games Fishing Game

With this My First Games series, they learn to deal with game rules from the first moment they can understand games.

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Magnetic fishing game buying guide

Age

When buying a magnetic fishing game, you should pay close attention to the magnets. Are they tight and there is no way to get it loose.

This actually applies to any species toys with magnets inside.

You never want them to be able to swallow a magnet, so always pay close attention to the age limit.

Sometimes it doesn't mean they can't play with it, but it does mean you should definitely keep an eye on it when they're younger than that.

They cannot swallow toys with large pieces, and then the magnet must be firmly attached so that it can never come loose.

In addition, the age on the box indicates a bit for which ages the toy is best.

Magnet

Does the magnet work well enough to pick up the fish without frustration. Some of the sets we reviewed had saved on this themselves.

You could play it and you could even say it offered an extra challenge. But little kids can't stand that frustration.

Replayability

Does the game stay fun for several times? I looked at that in detail in these tests. You don't want toys that are fun once but then lie in the corner.

Some games have multiple features, such as those from Annie's Choice and Dailyfun. Other games don't even need that.

It is also nice if the pieces can participate in a different kind of fantasy play, such as the wooden figures from New Classic Toys.

They have often “popped up” in other games! The plastic fish from Goliath Let's Go Fishin' can't.

Build

How long will the game last? When you have finally found a toy that they really enjoy doing, you don't want it to break quickly.

The durability has to do with build quality and material used. Sometimes you can still glue something like a string to a fishing rod, but you really want it to stay intact.

I have also reviewed all sets on how the build quality and material.

Top 7 Magnetic Fishing Rod Toys Reviewed

Overall best magnetic fishing rod

New Classic Toys fishing game

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9.1
Toy score
Magnet
4.3
Replayable
4.5
Build
4.8
Best for
  • Sturdy wooden toy
  • Nice figures
Less good
  • Quite pricey

Many fishing rod games are made of plastic and do not last long. New Classic Toys does things differently with a wooden game.

The fishing game from New Classic Toys is a wooden fence consisting of 4 sturdy pieces that can slide into each other. This is the "sea".

Place 10 objects in the sea. These are different fish, a starfish, turtle, whale, conch, crab, and even a treasure chest!

The game is made of really sturdy wood. New Classic Toys is a brand that we have often reviewed for their quality.

New Classic Toys fishing game reviewed

This also means that the fish can participate well in other pretend play.

They have done so many times before

  • in a sensory tank as an underwater world
  • as a filler when playing with boats
  • while baking food in the play kitchen (ah, sorry little fish!)

The game itself is also a lot of fun to play, although a bit basic. It is fishing with a fishing rod to catch the fish.

Due to the build quality and the strong magnet, this can be done easily without frustration. Other than that it's just a game like you can do with many such toys.

The game is quite pricey because it is such a sturdy wood. Also because the sea is such large pieces.

Best cheap magnetic fishing rod

Lewo Alphabet Fish Game

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7.6
Toy score
Magnet
4.1
Replayable
4.1
Build
3.2
Best for
  • Much for little
  • Extra play makes it extra fun
Less good
  • Badly finished

With this set you get a lot for little money. It is also made of "wood", although less sturdy than the New Classic Toys set.

I suspect cheap pressed wood. But your child can still play well with it without breaking it.

You can play it in different ways. There are letters on the fish so slightly older children could catch their name, or other words you agree on.

It's 26 fish, for each letter of the alphabet.

They are a few different colors so you can count colors together.

There is also a kitty with a magnet underneath. You can also turn the board over and put the fish inside. The pussy then has to find the fish.

If the cat is above a fish, she can take the fish to the opening to catch it. This gives it an extra game.

The quality is not great. For example, there is no booklet. The metal eyes that you use to catch them are in a weird place, all the way in the corner of the fish instead of in the middle.

And many of the fish are a little torn from adding the metal eye. Not made with great care.

Nothing serious. Good enough to play with. And what do you want for this price.

Best magnetic toys for your baby

stick-o fishing game

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9.0
Toy score
Magnet
4.6
Replayable
4.7
Build
4.2
Best for
  • Fun underwater theme with different ways to make characters
  • Good explanation booklet
  • Reversible magnets in sticks so it always sticks
Less good
  • Fishing game doesn't work very well

This toy gives children from 18 months the opportunity to play with magnetic construction toys.

The Stick-O fishing game is a building set for children from 18 months in an underwater theme. With the included magnetic fishing rod, it is also a fishing game.

The way you can easily create your own animals makes a magnetic fishing game like this a lot more fun than other fishing games I've seen.

Stick-O Magnetic Fishing Game (1)

Other fishing games are really just wooden fishing rods and some wooden pieces with a magnet in them.

This set really lets your child build an underwater world so that they can also get creative.

The building and the game are fun from about 2 years old to about 5 years old.

The classic fishing game

Goliath Let's Go Fishin'

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7.4
Toy score
Magnet
3.7
Replayable
3.9
Build
3.5
Best for
  • Nice fast action
  • One of the few fishing games that can be played with 4 players
Less good
  • Magnet is not very strong
  • Game feels cheap

The classic magnet fishing game. Many have imitated it but only one can be the real one. It's Goliath's fishing game.

The fish gasp in the air while the disc rotates (why do I explain this, have you really never played it before?!?).

You have to catch them with the magnetic fishing rod. Whoever has all the fish of his own color first wins.

It's the first game to make this list with such a clear competitive element. It is also nice that you can play it with four people, because there are four fishing rods.

The quality is ok, but not very good. When my 4-year-old son stops the turntable, I always wonder how long that will go well.

The rods are also cheap plastic. Yet it all lasts surprisingly long.

A fun competitive fishing game for a rainy day.

Best 4 in 1

Boby Fish Stacking Game

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7.9
Toy score
Magnet
3.7
Replayable
4.1
Build
4.1
Best for
  • Many games in 1
  • Wood is sturdy and well made
Less good
  • Trying to put too much in 1 game and just not well worked out

Boby's game is also very well built. It is made of Romanian beech wood.

This Montessori toy combines a magnetic fishing game with stacking, stringing beads and a balance game.

They themselves indicate that this is most suitable for 18 to 36 months, so 1,5 to 3 years.

  • You can put the fish on the correct color on the play mat and then fish them up
  • The large whale can be used as a base for stacking
  • The back of the whale has rods to push the fish on
  • There is a cord to thread the fish

It is indeed a lot of fun to play, but I have the feeling that they wanted to cram too many games into 1.

It's just not the fishing game. The fish should stand upright because the metal tip is on their nose. This is because there already had to be a hole in the middle for threading and stacking.

The threading is fun, but there are much more fun threading games. The whale is a bit crazy with wooden bars behind it because the fish can also use them.

You get a lot of game for your money and you don't have to buy such things separately, but it's not all that.

Best for fine motor skills

Annie's Choice Fish and grab game

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7.9
Toy score
Magnet
4.1
Replayable
4.1
Build
3.7
Best for
  • Good garden setup with fish, carrots and worms
  • Good magnet and build quality
Less good
  • Clamp is very bad and actually not usable

What a nice setup. Your child will learn a lot from the garden with the fish pond, carrots and worms.

This is also a real Montessori toy. Sturdy wood and it teaches hand-eye coordination, visual perception skills, color and shape recognition and fine motor skills.

It is a large solid pine wood base with 5 carrots, 5 magnetic fish, and 6 worms. All made of wood.

To pick them up you have 2 magnetic rods and 1 wooden clamp.

The felt leaves on the roots make them look and feel real.

Because there are some small parts, it is recommended for children from 3 years. You don't want them to accidentally swallow the worms.

The idea is nice, but the wooden clamp is very difficult to use and does not feel very sturdy. That is actually a shame because the rest of the toy feels very solid.

Fish trap and grab game
Best game for toddlers

Heat My First Games Fishing Game

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8.5
Toy score
Magnet
3.9
Replayable
4.5
Build
4.3
Best for
  • With good game elements, children learn the rules of the game
  • Sturdy wooden pieces
Less good
  • For the youngest children, it is really just a fishing game

Haba is a fun toy brand with many wooden toys for the youngest children. They also have this series of first games for your child.

There are not many games for sale for children aged 2 years.

With this Haba game they want to change that. At 2 years old, your child cannot yet understand much of the game, but can still fish a little.

Then it doesn't really matter whether you buy this or one of the other brands on this list, such as the set from New Classic Toys, which then gives more value for money.

But it can grow well with your child. When they get a little older, they can roll the dice and try to catch the right fish.

With this My First Games series, they learn to deal with game rules from the first moment they can understand games.

And that is certainly a nice addition.

Conclusion

There are a lot of fishing games for sale, but with these sets you can be sure that they will have a lot of fun.

Also read: this is the best magnetic toy of this year

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Joost Nusselder, the founder of Speelkeuze.nl is a content marketer, father and loves trying out new toys. As a child he came into contact with everything related to games when his mother started the Tinnen Soldaat in Ede. Now he and his team create helpful blog articles to help loyal readers with fun play ideas.