The whole family has gotten into Pokémon GO. Even my husband who has always just rolled his eyes when The Grasshopper and I start talking Pokémon downloaded the app and has been playing. We all enjoy running around the neighborhood, checking in on the gyms, visiting the PokéStops, and finding new pokemon.
Well, almost all of us.
Poor Cricket just can’t seem to get the hang of it, and while her big sister can throw a Poké Ball like a true master, Cricket tends to just fling them offscreen. Bless her heart, she wasted a dozen of my Poké Balls trying to catch a pidgey the other day.
She wants so badly to participate, and while she’s great at spinning the PokéStops, when it comes to catching Pokémon, she just doesn’t have the fine motor skills yet.
The good news is, there’s an app out there that gives her the chance to play Pokémon along with the rest of us: Camp Pokémon.
The app is a collection of mini-games that introduces young kids to the world of Pokémon and gives them a way to participate in the excitement.
There’s a game where you learn about Pokémon strengths by selecting which Pokémon type is strongest against the Pokémon floating down the river.
There’s another game where you get to practice throwing pokeballs arcade-style at Pokémon as they parade past. (This one is actually kind of hard!)
There’s a memory game that introduces the Pokémon TCG (that’s “The Card Game”) that starts easy with simply matching Pokémon, but gets harder (matching types), and then harder again (matching evolutions), as your child’s knowledge and speed increase.
Cricket’s favorite is the game where you have to look for Pokémon in the wild. She loves going to the different environments and searching for new Pokémon.
There are lots more games, too, and even the chance for kids to unlock Mega-Evolutions, which both Cricket and The Grasshopper get excited about.
The skill level required for these games is pretty low, but they’ve still managed to make the games a little challenging by adding levels to each game, so I enjoy sitting with her and taking turns playing. Best of all, for us, it lets Cricket keep up with her big sister and gives her a real and satisfying way to become part of the world of Pokémon.
If you’ve got a little one, I really recommend this game. It’s free, and kids don’t have to know how to read in order to play. So if your little one is aching to play but isn’t quite ready to become a Pokémon master, let them play at Camp Pokémon!