Pokemon is one of the most popular and recognized brands for kids in the world today. For the past three decades, the Nintendo-owned Japanese company has created several generations of manga, television series, a trading card game, feature films, as well as dozens of video games across most of Nintendo’s gaming consoles, from the mid-’90s Gameboy to the current Switch. If your child is a huge fan of Pokemon, or if you’re looking for some classroom activities ranging from Computer Science to Arts & Crafts, we have some great Pokemon activities for kids in today’s article.
Discover fun Pokemon activities for kids
Build your own Pokemon game using MIT’s interactive development platform, Scratch. An expert coding instructor leads this small group, one-hour special class. It’s fun and it’s open to all ages and skill levels. Students will learn essential coding concepts to create a game for their favorite Pokemon character to collect items and evolve. Extra challenges are given to students already familiar with coding, so they can build more complex games.
Pokemon Go has been a breakout success since it was released on iOS and Android in 2016. Pokemon Go Field Trip is a great activity for kids. It gets them outside, exploring, and working together to find Pokemon. One reason you should definitely play Pokemon Go on a field trip is that popular areas with lots of kids and travelers have more Pokemon around, making the game a lot more fun. It’s a great way to make friends and collaborate, while helping kids learn to navigate public spaces and interact with GPS and camera features on their mobile devices. Kids can work in teams if there are a limited number of phones and tablets.
Cooking delicious food is a life skill that everyone should learn. Studies even show that when young kids are given the opportunity to do chores for their family, they gain valuable skills in problem solving, independent thinking, and organization, all of which will help them to succeed in school and take greater responsibility in life. Making Pikachu themed pizzas is a great way to get kids excited about cooking. In this awesome Youtube video there’s also a recipe for a Pokeball pizza. All it requires is pizza dough, pizza sauce, cheese, dried oregano, pepperoni, and black olives.
4. Pikachu Ears
Let’s face it. Kids love Pikachu. Even a lot of grown ups love that electric rodent! This is a fun and simple arts and crafts activity that is perfect for large groups of kids in a party or class setting, or even alone at home. All you have to do is use yellow construction paper and a sharpie and some glue or tape to stick everything together. It won’t give you the ability to do electric attacks, but you can use your imagination.
This cool game uses multiplication and flash cards to move Pokemon avatars around a game board. It was designed by a great teacher who made it free to download. All you need is a color printer to make the game board, flash cards with different colors and elemental attacks, and the game pieces. It’s a simple game design but it’s a great way to help your Pokemon hunter build their STEM skills.
This STEM website has great resources for teachers and parents who want to use popular games and movies to inspire their kids to improve multiplication, division, and geometry games. Working alone or in groups, kids can boost their math skills using these well-designed exercises. Aside from Pokemon ones, they have Minecraft, Star Wars, and more to choose from and they are free to download.
This game is also from MathShed, a great website for STEM teacher resources. In this game that resembles Pokemon cards, kids will use logic to find missing numbers that will allow them to add up numbers to power their attacks. It’s best if your children already understand the dynamics of Pokemon Card games, but if they don’t this website can show them the basic Pokemon rulebook.
This great little word search is a perfect way to fill some time with a fun game. Kids can build their phonics skills and spelling by searching the maze of letters for the names of their favorite Pokemon. It’s free to download.
Kids will love this Biology based Pokemon activity. Pokemon stands for “Pocket Monster” in Japanese, but in fact most Pokemon have been inspired by real life animals. Using Google, Wikipedia, or books, kids can decide which animal kingdom each Pokemon belongs to, learning about mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians in the process, while they might even go deeper to search for closer “relatives” to your favorite Pokemon. It could be a great time for a field trip to the local zoo, and it’s an opportunity for writing, reflection, and debate. Is Pikachu closer to a chipmunk or a squirrel? It’s hard to say.
These awesome Pokemon drawings can be downloaded and printed for kids to color. It’s a perfect Arts & Crafts activity for kids who love coloring and drawing. It might not be best for older kids, though even some adults love coloring, and they are free to download, so there’s nothing to lose!
11. Pokemon ABC Game
This printable game is another great activity for younger kids. Using a Pokeball and a printout featuring popular Pokemon, each with a different letter of the alphabet, kids can ‘catch’ different Pokemon by calling out their letter, or vice versa, you could ask your students which letter is Charizard or Eevie?
This awesome book teaches young artists how to draw Pokemon using pencils and pens. This is a step up from coloring, but once the outline is drawn, kids can then learn about shading, perspective, texture, and other more advanced drawing skills. The book is affordable and offers many hours of practice. Studies have shown that drawing helps students to hone their fine motor skills, their capacity for reflection and analysis, while fostering a love of creativity. There’s an advanced book as well for more of a challenge.
13. 3D Paper Pokemon
This is a next level Pokemon activity for kids. Using paper, kids will build a 3D “PaperPoke”. There’s a whole website of these, though this link is for Pikachu. These detailed paper models only require paper and glue, though you can add as many details as you like, including Pikachu’s iconic lightning bolt shaped tail or his green scarf. The creativity possibilities are huge and the models aren’t too difficult, but they are detailed and will require a bit of patience. They might be best for middle schoolers. Elementary students might need a helping hand.
14. Pokemon Origami
If 3D paper Pokemon is your thing, then this book is just for you. Using origami paper you can learn the Japanese art form of folding paper to make Bulbasaur, Jigglypuff, and other popular Pokemon figures. Pokemon Origami is a great way to build patience and attention, as well as fun art that kids can be proud of.
Last but not least, these guides can help you build Pokemon from your LEGO bricks that you have already. The creators of this website provide close-up, detailed pictures of several classic Pokemon built out of LEGO, and it’s up to your kids to try to build them. Of course the guides can be a good starting point, but it’s a great chance for kids to creatively design their own Pokemon models. Let’s face it: LEGO is one of the most popular toys ever, and has shown to be great for young engineers and creators, so why not combine two great things together: Pokemon and LEGO!? You can’t go wrong.
Enjoy Pokemon activities for kids
If your kids love Pokemon, give them the challenge of completing every item on this list. Try to “Catch ‘Em All!” If they’re looking for a challenging experience in designing their own games, join Create & Learn's live online classes, where they can learn how the video games and animations they love are created using code. Start with our fun one-hour Pokemon game coding:
Or jump right into a full four-session class with a curriculum designed by Google, Stanford, and MIT experts. Students new to coding will enjoy beginning with the popular Scratch Ninja class led by an experienced instructor. Students with some prior Scratch coding experience will enjoy Intermediate Game Building.
Whatever you choose, find something your kids will have fun doing. If they love Pokemon that shouldn’t be too difficult! If your kids love coding and Pokemon, check out these Pokemon coding projects to make. Or explore popular Pokemon toys. See you next time.
Written by Bryan Gordon, a Create & Learn instructor. After ten years of working as an English teacher, Bryan began studying Math and Computer Science over the past few years. Aside from writing and teaching, he likes cooking, gardening, playing guitar, and hanging out with his cats, Baguette and Wally.