Pettersson & Findus

Handicrafts work at a museum? What used to seem impossible is now considered natural. Pelikan's Teacher Info was on location watching the children at work.

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Pettersson & Findus Mobile

Handicrafts work at a museum? What used to seem impossible is now considered natural. Children enjoying handicraft at a museum as shown here at the Wilhelm-Busch-museum in Hanover. The finished mobile fishing rods are proudly presented after completion. Pelikan's Teacher Info was on location watching the children at work. We are offering the mobiles fishing rods as a download to reconstruct.

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The created mobiles fishing rods being proudly presented in front of Sven Nordqvist's pictures.

The frame of our mobile rod is taken from the story "Poor Pettersson" which was written by Sven Nordqvist. The Oetinger Verlag in Hamburg will publish this book. The "Pettersson, Findus & Co" exhibition will run until August 3rd 2003 at the Wilhelm-Busch-museum in Hanover.

Titelblatt von 'Armer Pettersson'

Cover "Poor Pettersson"

Pettersson is not in good form today. The weather is terrible and he is not in the mood of going outdoors anyway. Findus is trying to convince him to come along on a fishing trip - at first with little luck.

Der schlecht gelaunte Pettersson und Findus in der Küche

Findus tries to convince Pettersson to go fishing.

Since no one will go fishing with Findus, he decides to keep himself busy. He makes a fishing rod using a spoon and throws the line into the wild "carpet stream" and the first fish bites straight away...

Findus angelt im 'Teppichfluss'

The striped Herring is the first fish to bite.

Nach einigem Hin und Her schafft es Findus endlich doch, Pettersson zum Angeln zu überreden. Findus freut sich so, dass er vor lauter Zittern kaum die Angel vernünftig in den Pfoten halten kann.

Findus ist aufgeregt.
Findus fällt beinahe aus dem Boot.

After a lot of discussion, Findus finally convinces Pettersson to join him fishing. Findus is so excited that he can hold the fishing rod in his claw.
Findus freut sich über den ersten Fisch.

The pair have been in the boat quite a while now without a single bite from a fish. It becomes almost too much for Pedderson to take as Findus almost falls out of the boat. "Just take it easy", Findus thinks to himself. He then realises that Pettersson is back in a good mood at last.

A moment later they get their first bite. Unfortunately it is a small fish which will not do for supper.

How will the story end? Will Petterssons mood improve? Will the pair catch enough for supper? We will not give it all away! All is revealed in the book "Poor Pettersson".

Findus freut sich nachdem der erste Fisch gebissen hat.


We would like to show you how to make your own mobile fishing rod. Just like Findus, you can fish for various figures with it. The mobile fishing rod is easily constructed and is to the ones the children at the Wilhelm-Busch-museum made. All is explained it the following instructions.


This is what you will need:

  • Pelikan wax crayons (water resistant);
  • sewing thread;
  • scissors;
  • a wooden stick (approx. 50 cm) and a printer.

First of all, download the patterns of the Internet and save them on your computer.

Bastelvorlagen für das Angel-Mobile.

Patterns for the mobile fishing rod.

1. Step: Cut out the figures and colour them in.

Cut out the Pettersson, Findus & Co patterns Two variations are possible: Either cut out the figures themselves, or around the circles that surround the figures. The choice depends on how well the child can use a scissors.
The figures can now be coloured in using Pelikan wax crayons. The water resistant Pelikan wax crayons are especially suited for the task ahead as they will not smudge. This ensures that the child's hands will remain clean and the figures will shine due to the bright colours.

Die Figuren werden ausgeschnitten...
 ...und bemalt

Firstly, the figures are cut out and then coloured in using Pelikan's "water resistant" wax crayons.

2. Step: Sticking the pieces together.

After colouring in the figures both halves have to be stuck together. The Red markings are always to be stuck on each other, as the figure is later to be hung up using these.

Zusammenkleben der Mobile-Scheiben.
Zusammenkleben der Mobile-Scheiben.

The coloured in figure halves are stuck together.

3. Step: The string is attached.

The figures are fit with string at a chosen length. These strings are later also attached to the wooden stick. An alternative would be to have many figures hanging on one string.

Die Figuren-Scheiben werden mit Nähgarnfäden versehen.
Die Figuren-Scheiben werden mit Nähgarnfäden versehen.

The figures are fitted with sewing thread.

4. Step: Assembling the mobile fishing rod.

Finally the figures can be attached to the stick in various different ways. In our example, two figures hang above each other.

Zusammenbau der Mobile-Angel.
Zusammenbau der Mobile-Angel.

The figures can be attached as you desire. Peddersson takes a careful look at a finished one at the museum.


It is also possible to create your own figures. For this purpose we have prepared plain White patterns to enable self-creativity.