How to Play Go Fish (Great group games for parties)

Group games are a great way to liven up any part. If you’re looking to watch your friends work together and have a ton of laughter while you’re at it, then you’ll want to try the group game Go Fish.

This game is especially fun to play, so be prepared to have everybody giggle and laugh by the end of it!

Features of the Go Fish Game

 ★  Game Name Go Fish
 ★  Group size small and medium
★  Age any (6+) 
 ★  Type stationary
 ★  Skill acting
 ★  Place indoor 
★  Time up to 10 – 20 min
 ★  Preparation no
 ★  Materials yes

Aim of the Game

The aim of the group game Go Fish is to be the first person or team to finish a hanging donut or fruit.

Depending on how you play the game, Go Fish can be a highly competitive group game that guarantees you hours of laughter at a party.

Ideal Age and Group Sizes

You can play Go Fish with groups of 2 to 10 people. Larger groups are always welcome, although you may want to break the players up into smaller teams.

Go Fish is a great game to play with anyone aged 6 and up. Adult supervision is recommended when playing with children.

Things to prepare to play Go Fish

To play Go Fish, you will have to prepare the materials below:

  • A bar for food to hang from
  • Strings to tie a donut or cut fruit to the bar
  • Donuts or cut fruits like apples

If you don’t have a bar, you may also provide your players with a stick to hold onto. You may, however, need more players in a group if you want to play Go Fish through the stick method.

How to play Go Fish

There are 2 ways for you to play Go Fish as a group game.

The bar method

To play Go Fish using the bar method, you’ll have to tie donuts or fruits to the bar. Allow the food to hang freely – it doesn’t matter if it’s swaying back and forth.

Your players must then try to eat the hanging donut or fruit, competing against one another to be the quickest.

Your players cannot hold the string with their hands, and you’ll notice the food swaying back and forth each time they reach out to grab a bite.

The player who finishes his or her piece of food first will be the winner. The bar method is usually played when you don’t have enough players to break into teams.

The fishing stick method

If you gather enough players to break into teams, you can play Go Fish using the fishing stick method.

Begin by attaching a piece of donut or fruit to a string and loop the string over a stick. This will cause the food to sway back and forth.

Choose 2 players from each team – 1 to sit on a chair and another to stand over the first player. Have the standing player hold the stick over the seated players’ head and watch as the seated player tries to eat the hanging donut or fruit. Swap out the seated player after the first player finishes their food.

Be sure to have a piece of food for every player on the team. The first team that finishes all the food allocated for their team wins.