Gotta Catch ‘Em All… Pokémon that is! Parents everywhere are familiar with Pikachu, Eevee, and the various card games, video games, and shows that coincide with these familiar characters. While some may think that playing it is merely a fun way to pass the time, Brainly, the world’s largest online learning platform, and homework-help community is here to show how kids’ love of all things Charizard can be educational.
“The best way to teach kids is to meet them where they are and incorporate things they naturally have an interest in outside of a classroom, like Pokémon, into your lesson plans. Whether you use these characters to teach your latest science lesson or include Meowth in your math problem, there is an educational aspect to Pokémon,” according to Brainly’s Parenting Expert Patrick Quinn.
But just how is it educational? In honor of National Pokémon Day on February 27th, Brainly shares some ideas.
Pokémon and School
Whether you’re learning about science (hello Fire, Water, Electric, Ice, Ground, and more Pokémon types!) or teaching a math lesson, teachers and educators can use it as part of their lesson plans to engage students. Check out an example on Brainly!
Pokémon and Math
Playing it requires you to use math skills. Your child will practice their addition, subtraction, and multiplication skills all while playing it.
Check Out Those “Punny” Names
Did you know many of the names are rooted in Greek, Latin, Japanese, and more? Here are some examples:
- Pikachu – “pikapika” is Japanese for “sparkle” and chu is Japanese for “squeak”
- Squirtle – “squirt” means to shoot water and “turtle” is a water-based reptile
- Clefable – “clef” is a musical symbol and “fable” is a fairytale
- Umbreon – “umbra” is the darkest part of a shadow and “eon” is a long period of time
Use in Critical Thinking
If your children collect the cards, encourage them to learn the game. It will teach them critical thinking skills and how to deal with complex situations. Played yourself when you were younger? There is knowledge in nostalgia – test your memory and add it to your family game nights!
Pokémon and the Imagination
It encourages children to use their imaginations and think outside of the box. The ability to imagine is the key to success in countless professions, including business, science, technology, education, and writing.