Saturday, September 17, 2016

Pokemon Go: Don't fight it embrace it!

We are not a screen free house.  Most days the TV is going all day long.  The boys have three different apps and the adults are usually nose deep in their phones.  

We don't limit screen time and my kids are still creative, active, and damn smart.  

Pokemon Go is the latest app craze that has lots of adults asking, "is this a good thing?" 

Here's my arguments for why you should be playing Pokemon go with your kiddos.  

1) Vocabulary: In your pokedex you can select the various pokemon you've caught and read about them.  They have great vocabulary words in them like  arid, acute, and configured.

2) Comparisons: While Pokemon are imaginary little beings there are a lot of similarities between their real life adaptations and those of animals in our environment.  Here's a link to just a few but have fun imagining and comparing on your own! 

 3) Exercise: In order to hatch your eggs you have to walk, you can also find pokemon hot spots and bounce around between poke stops.  Get out and check out the environment. 

4) Connection: It's a great thing to share with your kids.  We drove about 15 minutes to a special park today to try and catch a squirtle.  We succeeded and Evin was so happy he deemed it the best day of his life.  We got to share in his excitement and we appreciated spending that time with us!

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