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Easy Candy Cane Fishing Game

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If you are planning a Christmas party, this Candy Cane Fishing Game is hands-down the funnest party game for kids and SO EASY to set up!

Plus, I made a fun set of cut files to make a whole candy cane fishing booth–Merry Fishmas indeed.

And if you need more games to play, be sure to check out these other great ideas for group Christmas games for kids. There’s so much easy fun to be had, and the set-up is almost nothing.

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This is a ridiculously fun game, and can be done with no display board, a stick and some candy canes. But I thought I’d dress it up a bit and let the kids have a little more of a challenge.

It’s a fun craft to make–and a great game to play.

Be sure to check out the rest of my peppermint recipes and ideas!

How to Play the Merry Fishmas Candy Cane Fishing Game

Playing this Christmas minute to win it game is super simple and you really don’t have to do very much. Which is the perfect version of Christmas games you can do for a big group event.

To set up this candy cane activity, you’ll just cut the lettering from heat transfer vinyl and some fish from peppermint wrapping paper.

Then, decorate the display board with the heat transfer vinyl lettering, a cut out of blue “waves” and brown “sand” from poster board.

If you want to let the kids get into it, they can decorate the display board by adding white caps on the waves with toilet paper or cotton balls or even adding jingle bells and Christmas ball ornaments to the sand area. Really, the sky is the limit.

Tie a candy cane on the end of your fishing poles and thread more candy canes through the peppermint fish.

To play this minute to win it game, just set up your display board on the edge of the table or on the floor, then put your fish on the inside of your display board. The players stand on the other side. The player starts to “fish” for the candy canes on a table or on the floor behind the display board.

You can let them win prizes or just have the candy cane–whatever works for you.

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Specialty Supplies:

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Reminder, not all supplies in the Candy Cane Minute to Win It Game are linked above, just the ones that may be a bit difficult to find or that you might be unsure of what to look for.

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Best Christmas Activities for Kids:

Once you make this Merry Fishmas Candy Cane Game, you’ll see just how easy it is to set up minute to win it Christmas games–and you’ll want more more more! Good news for you, I have a ton of ideas for things you can do with a large group of kids at a Christmas party.

What are fun holiday games for kids?

Holidays are always an exciting time for kids, and what better way to keep them entertained than with some fun holiday games? Children love to play and explore, and holiday-themed games can add an extra element of fun to the season.

From making gingerbread houses to decorating ornaments, there are plenty of activities that can get kids involved in the festive spirit.

Additionally, popular games like pin the nose on the snowman or holiday-themed scavenger hunts can add a fun and competitive element to any gathering.

With a little creativity and some holiday spirit, there is no shortage of fun games to keep kids entertained during the holiday season.

What are fun treats for kids to help make for Christmas?

The holiday season is a time for family, fun, and most importantly, delicious treats! If you’re looking for ways to get your little ones involved in the festivities, there are plenty of fun and easy treats to make together.

Kids will love decorating sugar cookies with colorful sprinkles and icing or making festive candy cane reindeer using chocolate chips and pretzels.

For a healthier option that’s still fun, try making yogurt-covered strawberries decorated like Santa’s hats. Homemade hot cocoa with marshmallow stir sticks is always a hit, too.

The possibilities are endless, and the best part is that these treats can be enjoyed by everyone in the family!

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What are fun family games during the holidays?

The holidays are a great time for families to come together and create lasting memories. One way to do that is by playing fun games.

Some favorites include charades, where each family member takes a turn acting out a word or phrase while the others guess, or Pictionary, where players draw and guess the drawing.

Another great option is “musical chairs” with a holiday twist – using holiday music and having players dress up in festive attire.

Family trivia can also be a hit, with questions ranging from family history to pop culture. Whatever game is chosen, it’s sure to bring laughter and joy to the holiday season.

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What are great treats for a holiday party?

The holiday is a time of year to indulge in delicious treats. When it comes to throwing a holiday party, one must consider the types of treats that will have guests feeling satisfied and merry.

Classics such as gingerbread cookies and candy canes are always a hit, but it’s worth considering some creative alternatives. For example, peppermint bark is a festive treat that combines the crunchiness of nuts with the sweetness of chocolate, and is sure to be popular.

Another great option is eggnog cheesecake, which combines the holiday flavors of eggnog and cinnamon in a creamy, rich dessert that’s perfect for any celebration.

Finally, don’t forget about hot cocoa bars, where guests can customize their hot chocolate with toppings like whipped cream, marshmallows, and caramel sauce.

These treats will add a touch of sweetness to any holiday gathering!

More Christmas Party Ideas:

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Candy Cane Fishing Game

Yield: 1 Minute to Win It Christmas Game
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: Under $10

This easy Candy Cane Fishing Game is super simple and one of the best minute to win it games for Christmas that I have ever done!


  • 1 Display Board
  • Black Heat Transfer Vinyl
  • Bamboo Skewers or Chop Sticks
  • String
  • Peppermint Wrapping Paper
  • Blue Poster Board
  • Brown Poster Board
  • Candy Canes


  • Cricut Cutting Machine
  • EasyPress Mini
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue
  • Parchment Paper
  • Circut Light Grip Mat


  1. Cut the lettering from the heat transfer vinyl on your Cricut cutting machine and some fish from peppermint wrapping paper. how to make a fishing booth for an event
  2. Weed the extra vinyl from the lettering and gently remove the fish from the cutting mat.
  3. Tie a candy cane on the end of your fishing poles and thread more candy canes through the peppermint fish. christmas fishing booth game diy
  4. Then, decorate the display board with the heat transfer vinyl lettering by adhering it on with your EasyPress Mini. candy cane fishing game for kids
  5. Cut out a rippled blue "waves" shape and brown "sand" from the respective poster board.
  6. Hot glue the waves and sand onto the display board.
  7. Hot glue a couple of fish (with candy canes) onto the board in the waves. christmas game for kids with fishing for candy canes
  8. And then it's time to play! merry fishmas candy cane fishing game for kids

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