My boys have been asking me for a long time to do a Pokémon summer camp for kids. Since Pokémon Go is all the rage now, this camp couldn’t have come at a more fitting time. My boys will literally take over my phone and chase those Pokémon throughout the house and yard whenever I let them because they just, “Gotta catch em’ all!”.
I will show you how we hosted our Pokémon camp for kids!
I decided to send out an invite to our friends and see which ones would like to join us. We ended up doing our Pokémon Go camp Monday-Thursday from 10-12:30 which was just the right amount of time to do some fun activities, let the boys battle and have some tasty lunch. In order to pay for the new Pokémon cards I bought for each child, the treats we made, lunch and the printables and activities, we charged $40. Really, you could charge whatever you want but I wanted to make sure it was a super fun Pokémon camp! I set up my entry with a welcome table that had cards for the kids and some fun Pokémon decor.
The first day we made Pikachu hats with yellow paper and a black sharpie. We also made DIY Pokémon cards both regular size and full paper size.
I found these darling printables FREE from And Next Comes L. The boys absolutely loved this activity! I printed them out on card stock so that they were long lasting for the kids. It was so much fun to see their creative little minds at work.
That first day I wanted to go BIG with our themed lunch so I decided on this Pikachu sandwich.
We used circle corn chips broke in half for the ears and colored the ends with black decorating gel (because kids don’t care about frosting on a sandwich right? 😉 ). We also used that gel to make the eyes, nose and mouth. We then used red decorating gel for the cheeks. Since the gel was so sweet, I filled the sandwiches with peanut butter and jam which the kids liked. On the side we served “Charmander” chips. Really they were just nacho Doritos but the kids liked the cheeky name.
Some other fun activities we did were DIY Pokémon notebooks.
To make the DIY Pokémon notebooks, we just glued Pokémon cards to the front and back. Every day of camp, I made sure to save time for the boys to battle each other with their cards. I actually think this was one of their favorite activities as they just spent time laughing and playing with each other. I found these cute Pokémon word cross papers from The Word Search. I also found these too cute Pokémon bingo cards on Etsy from Garty Pames but they are now sold out so HERE is another one very similar. Their favorite craft of all though were these DIY Pokeballs from Merry Printables.
For some other fun Pokémon themed treats, we made Pokeball rice krispies and Pokeball sugar cookies.
For the rice krispies, I just dyed half the prepared mixture lightly red then had the kids create little domes and push them together. We then used black gel to finish off the whole thing. I made some giant gluten-free sugar cookies and gave the boys red and white frosting to make Pokeballs. They used the black gel to make it really look official.
Overall, it was such a fun camp that I know the boys will never forget. There are some more crafts that we did not featured here but if you want to do your own Pokémon camp, you can search on Pinterest for lots of super cute ideas. So I am curious, has anyone else had their phone taken over by their kids and Pokémon Go?