One of the best ways to enjoy nature is to be out on the water in a boat. Some folks prefer going fast and furious in a speedboat, while others like the silence and sweep of sails in the wind. No matter what your preference, it's important to learn the rules of safe boating. If you want the idyllic pleasure of drifting while casting a line onto the waters, then fishing is the way to go. It's easy to gain knowledge, and therefore have a more exciting fishing experience, by playing educational fishing games.
Examples of Basic Games
Hatchery Matchery is a memory game where you match fish species by flipping cards, virtually of course. This game is very informative in that it quickly teaches a variety of species by visual identification. In Create a Fish, beautiful color graphics let you mix and match fish parts from different species, swordfish and mackerel, for example, to create your own "fish art." Fish hangman is just like it sounds---it uses the spelling game of hangman to fill in the blanks and guess the fish species.
Fishfinder Pro contains a graphic of a boat on the surface, with gorgeous pickerel chain, white crappie, bluefish, tuna, and walleye swimming underneath. You have to match the species, spelled out on top, with the graphic of the fish swimming below. Beautiful graphics make these games very enjoyable as well as a learning experience.
Starlo Fishing Forever Australia
Starlo Fishing Forever Australia is a monopoly-like board game that features 14 of the most popular fish species to be found in Australia. Players roll dice and take turns moving around the board. During this game, players pick up cards. On each card is a description of each of the 14 species of fish, along with its specific habitat, fishing techniques used, diet and life-cycle details. Starlo Fishing Forever Australia makes learning fun.
Real life games
In addition to virtual games, you can create games that will teach children many valuable boating and fishing lessons. One game can include naming the parts of the boat, for example, the bow, stern, starboard and aft. Another game might include letting your child drive the boat, with you supervising, of course. Practice teaches valuable lessons of boat operation and safety while helping a child get a feeling of mastery and self-esteem. Some adaptations can be made with children and fishing in mind. Smaller rods and reels will work well for children, and do not have to be toys. Teaching the proper way to cast a line can be turned into a game, but should always be taught with safety in mind.