Kids have been talking about Pokemon for years now. This is not something new, but the current craze from the Pokemon Go app has kids, their families, and adults of all ages excited to get out and about. This is the perfect time to incorporate the world of Pokemon into plans to target speech and language goals. Check in with students ahead of time to see whether or not they are into Pokemon before you add these activities to their sessions. You may want to allow them to bring in cards to share and chat about during a session to work on speech confidence.
Pokeballs with a surprise
Make Pokeballs ahead of time for a great “mystery find” activity. You can use small or large white paper plates to start making Pokeballs. You will need black, white, and red construction paper, along with glue sticks and scissors. A great example to help you see what these should look like is available on Pinterest. Once you have a Pokeball made on top of the paper plate, write a clue on the other side, or simply hide these around a designated area for kids to find. The flexibility of this activity is endless and can work on any speech and language goals. Kids will love using their skills to find clues to find more Pokeballs, or answer questions on them.
Pokemon action cards
The popular website “AndNextComesL” has a great Pokemon activity with an available free printable. There are 55 prompts that encourage kids to perform an action like a Pokemon and its name. This will get kids moving, and you can easily add your own action cards to focus on speech and language goals for each child. Perhaps the Pikachu needs to rhyme a word, or hop around and say three words that start with a specific sound. There are a lot of possibilities with this, and it will actively engage kids in the process.
Send home a Pokestop
Within the Pokemon Go game, you must head to Pokestops to get more Pokeballs to use when capturing critters. This is a great way to reach out to home. Send a folder to families that includes words for kids to put onto their own Pokeballs. Include crayons or markers to complete this and remind them to practice explaining why they designed their Pokeball a certain way for the word. Be sure to include instructions and translations for all multilingual families to be able to participate. Collect all of the Pokeballs that were made after a week, and create a bulletin board to share them all. Allow kids to go one by one to explain the significance of their own creations.
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