Camp Pokémon: If Your Kid is a Little Too Young for Pokémon GO

With lots of fun mini-games, Camp Pokémon is a great, free way for little kids too participate in the Pokémon excitement.

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.

With lots of fun mini-games, Camp Pokémon is a great, free way for little kids too participate in the Pokémon excitement.

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.

With lots of fun mini-games, Camp Pokémon is a great, free way for little kids too participate in the Pokémon excitement.

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!)

With lots of fun mini-games, Camp Pokémon is a great, free way for little kids too participate in the Pokémon excitement.

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.

With lots of fun mini-games, Camp Pokémon is a great, free way for little kids too participate in the Pokémon excitement.

With lots of fun mini-games, Camp Pokémon is a great, free way for little kids too participate in the Pokémon excitement.

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.

With lots of fun mini-games, Camp Pokémon is a great, free way for little kids too participate in the Pokémon excitement.

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.

With lots of fun mini-games, Camp Pokémon is a great, free way for little kids too participate in the Pokémon excitement.

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!

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5 Reasons Why Pokémon GO is the Best Game of the Summer

Pokémon GO has hit St. Louis like a summer storm. Everywhere I go, people are walking around, phones up, chasing rare Pokémon. Parks are teeming with people, even when the weather is in the 90s. Some folks worry that Pokémon GO might pose safety risks or security risks, but here is why I think this game is one of the best things that’s happened this summer.

1. Pokémon GO is helping me get fit!

I have been just killing my step count since downloading Pokémon GO. I hate exercising, and I usually average 7k or so steps each day, but Monday I got over 11k, and Tuesday 12k. By noon yesterday, I had gotten 6k steps. All of this movement is a very good thing. It’s easy to rail against video games and blame them for the obesity epidemic that plagues the US, but Pokémon GO requires you to get up and get moving. Today, I might be sore, but that means I am moving my body!

5 reasons why Pokemon Go is the best game of the summer.

2. Pokémon GO is getting kids outside!

It’s summer. It’s hot. The Grasshopper would much rather be indoors reading a book or chilling in front of the TV than playing outside. Not so anymore. Now she begs me to go for walks in the afternoons. Instead of parking her butt on the couch or in her room, she wants to be outdoors, exploring. And she isn’t ignoring the natural world in favor of the game environment either. She’s started having fun spotting robins, sparrows, and the other critters we’ve got running around our neighborhood. She pretends they’re Tailow, Spearow, Rattata, and so forth. Even Cricket is getting into the action, jumping into the picture with the Pokémon we find.

 

5 reasons why Pokemon Go is the best game of the summer.

3. Pokémon GO brings people together.

There are a ton of people at my office playing Pokémon GO, people I wouldn’t normally talk to or interact with. It’s not hard to spot them if you’re in the know. They’re walking along, phones in hand, or pausing at the PokéStop conveniently located right in the middle of our office. It’s been fun striking up conversations with folks. These are people who I haven’t said more than a hello or good morning to before, but now we’re talking best places to find Pokémon, who’s caught what, and how sore everyone’s legs are. There’s even talk of us all joining the same team to take on a gym near our office, and every so often, someone will call out over the cubicle walls, “Hey, there’s a venonat in the conference room.” or “Pikachu just out the side door!”

5 reasons why Pokemon Go is the best game of the summer.

My coworkers and I are not unique. Everywhere I go on social media I find stories of people making new friends with this game. In the south where I grew up, it’s common to strike up a conversation with the people around you. In fact, it’s often considered rude not to make eye contact and say hello, even to strangers. Here in the midwest, the culture is a little different. Sure you talk to people you know, but not some rando. These days, folks are saying hi to each other, stopping to chat and exchange tips, and just generally being friendlier. We all need a little more of that right now.

4. Pokémon GO is getting teenagers excited!

Our neighborhood is full of families, so I’m used to seeing teens hanging out by the pool, walking the dog, and bumming around looking bored. What I’m not used to seeing is them running around with excited smiles on their faces. Pokémon GO seems to transcend the usual high school cliques, too. It’s not just the geeky kids playing. It’s everyone! It feels so good to see kids running around and just being kids. Childhood is so short, and seeing these teens, who are on the cusp of adulthood, giving up trying to act like adults and just have fun really does warm my heart.

5 reasons why Pokemon Go is the best game of the summer.

5. Organizations are using Pokémon GOo to encourage people to help out in their communities.

This is the biggest thing to me. People are out walking and there are organizations like this animal shelter are jumping on the chance to encourage people to volunteer to walk their dogs.

5 reasons why Pokemon Go is the best game of the summer.

A vet clinic got in on the Pokémon GO fun and encouraged people to stop by their office to get their pet spayed or neutered while visiting the PokéStop out front. Churches are opening their doors to Pokémon GO players and offering water, charging stations, and fellowship. I cannot, in my life, remember a time when a video game brought people together like this.

5 reasons why Pokemon Go is the best game of the summer

I’ve seen a fair bit of naysaying about Pokémon GO, but for us, this game has been fantastic. I’d encourage you all to give it a try. Soon you’ll be hooked, and your legs will be sore too!

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