You will need
- Pokémon cards (alternatively, print and cut out the attached examples)
Before you begin
- Mark out a playing area.
- Mark out an area of Long Grass. If you have lots of players, you could have more than one area.
- Fill the Long Grass with Pokémon cards, or cut outs from the ‘Pokémon images’ sheet.
- A suitable distance away from the Long Grass, mark out a home base, where players will start out.
Play the game
- Explain to the group that they’re Trainers who need to reach the Long Grass to retrieve their Pokémon. All of the Pokémon in the Long Grass need to be returned to the home base.
- Ask three or four volunteers to become part of Team Rocket. They should try to stop the Trainers from reaching the Long Grass by tagging them.
- The person leading the activity should begin the game by shouting ‘Go.’ Team Rocket should spread out across the playing area and defend the Long Grass. The Trainers should start from home base and try to avoid being tagged by members of Team Rocket as they go to collect one Pokémon (card, or image) from the Long Grass. Each Pokémon should be returned to home base. Trainers who are tagged should also return to home base.
- Change the teams to mix things up, with Trainers becoming members of Team Rocket and members of Team Rocket becoming Trainers. Team Rocket should work together to trap Trainers and defend the Long Grass, while Trainers should also work together to distract Team Rocket and get past them.
- Continue playing until all of the Pokémon cards have been retrieved from the Long Grass and delivered to home base.
The life of a Pokémon Trainer is a tough one. Overcoming challenges like escaping from Team Rocket, reaching the Long Grass and getting back to home base is all in a day’s work. Trainers, was it tough trying to avoid Team Rocket as you headed to the Long Grass? Team Rocket, how did you work together to stop so many Trainers coming at once? What tactics have you learned that might be useful for other activities, such as sports and other wide games?
- Outdoor activities
You must have permission to use the location. Always check the weather forecast and inform parents and carers of any change in venue.
- Active games
The game area should be free of hazards. Explain the rules of the game clearly and have a clear way to communicate that the game must stop when needed.
- Contact games and activities
Make sure everyone understands what contact is acceptable, and monitor contact throughout the activity.