Aim: To capture each Presentation Pokemon
How to play:
1. Choose one player (can be a child or a teacher). Player walks to the Pokestop sign (I stuck mine up the back of the room on the wall). There will be two piles of cards underneath the Pokestop sign (I put the cards on a chair. A small table works great too). Turn over a card in one pile to see how many poke balls they can throw. Turn over another card to see which Pokemon character and Presentation song is to be targeted with the poke balls/beanbags and sung at the same time by everyone. They need to show you the cards, so you can warn the pianist which song they need to play next.
2. Have the larger card Pokemon characters lined up somewhere else in the room. (I had mine out the front). The player has to throw the assigned number of poke balls/bags and see if they can land on the character of the card they turned over at the Pokestop while the rest of Primary sing the Presentation song that goes with that character. If the child/teacher can’t hit it with the assigned number of poke balls, have them hand the pokebag to someone who hasn’t had a turn. Continue until the Pokemon is ‘caught’.
3. Once the Pokemon is ‘captured’, finish singing that song, and choose another child/teacher to start over again until all the Presentation Pokemons are caught.
What to print:
1. Pokemon Go Sing Sign (completely optional)
2. Pokestop Sign (stick this somewhere in the room with a small table in front)
3. Pokemon Characters
4. Presentation Songs
5. Smaller Pokemon Character cards and Poke ball number cards. Put these on the table in front of the Pokestop sign.
6. Backs of cards (optional)
You also need to make or purchase some Poke ball bean bags (or something that will land on the larger Pokemon character pictures.
How to set up:
1. Cut out a Primary Presentation song strip and stick it under a larger Pokemon Character. You can choose which song strip goes with which character. Continue until all your songs are assigned.
2. Cut out cards and backs. I usually paste the front of the cards on to the backs lightly before laminating. I am computer challenged, so I can’t guarantee the fronts will match up with the backs if you try and print double sided. I wouldn’t recommend it. The idea is so that the front of the cards aren’t see through.
3. Wonder how on earth to get Pokeball bean bags. Use any bean bags if you’re stuck. Or Hacky Sacks. Whatever will land on the Pokemon characters. I hand sewed my own.
Variations: The teacher turns over the cards, and has some children help throw the pokeball bean bags.
I played this last week as my last revision before our Presentation Practices, and it was a huge success. It had the full approval of my Primary Presidency, and EVERY single child was involved, including those who usually do not like to participate. WOW!
The children in my primary didn’t want to sing as someone was throwing the pokebags, so we waited until the Pokémon had a pokebag on it, then we sang the song. We had one child with special needs (who usually won’t leave their chair) come and acted as a ‘catcher’ each time a pokebag was thrown and missed, and return them to me. Another returned the ‘caught’ Pokémon pictures to me. It was a great way to get children with ASD involved!
The children did sing the songs beautifully though. I thought they’d by hyper, but they weren’t. They were very much engaged the entire time.