Minecraft has been around since 2009. It has been through a string of changes with the latest version offering different playing options such as creative, survival or hardcore worlds. A world is the virtual area where kids go to create and craft things such as houses, palaces or even solar systems.
Most parents are fearful of Minecraft because they hear a number of kids talking about killing, shooting and raiding. None of these traits we, as parents, want to instill in our kids.
However, in spite of these fear factors, Minecraft is one of the fastest growing game in the world. Many parents find themselves asking why?
Apart from offering a 3D world which simulates lego, but in a virtual world, Minecraft offers kids the ability to make their own choices and mistakes. When a mistake is made, they learn quickly why they should do in that situation. At TechCamps4Kids, we believe kids should learn to become comfortable with making mistakes because this is part of the learning process. The biggest learning factor is the actions taking after making a mistake!
Another aspect that Minecraft offers is the ability to create a 3D design using virtual Lego blocks. If you search Minecraft in Google and look under images, you may be surprised at the level of design kids can do. We know of a 10 year old that design the Solar System in Minecraft. Of course he scored 100% for his project! What a cool way to present your project to your teacher!
Minecraft is not all doom, gloom and killing. The fact they offer a creative world means kids can create a 3D image without stress. In fact, most kids start at this point before they challenge themselves into a survival world.
At this point, you may be questioning all the terminology. Don’t worry – we run Parent and Child Minecraft camps to speed parents up with this section of your child’s vocabulary. However, the most important aspect is simulating Minecraft to building something out of Lego only it is in a virtual world.
One of the best parts of a virtual world is that kids can play with other kids. This is one of the reason we use Buddyverse, which is a kids safe server which is built for kids and run by kids. The only adults that are allowed on the server are those that are camp leaders. Outside of this, the environment itself offers kids opportunity to play games, build things and test their building skills in a more stressed environment with other kids. We call that interacting and learning to communicate!
Another factor we enjoy is that Minecraft helps kids read and write. In other words, it is the introduction to coding. Many coding languages require the operator to write the correct terminology and it is VERY case sensitive. The same can be said for any password. Add a capital instead of sentence case, and the chances are you will not be able to access your account!
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Outside of all of these amazing learning moments, kids also develop Fine Motor Skills and Hand-Eye Coordination. Kids learn to navigate through the world using a keyboard and a mouse. This type of skill is often over looked, however for kids it is a challenging task to type on the key board, while watching where they are going and directing their movements with a mouse! For many, this is a very new experience and can be overwhelming. However, because it is fun to play they persevere through these moments to master this skills. We call that valuable Life and Learning Skills.
Therefore, while kids may be using limited grammar to describe their experience, there is a very real learning experience happening. Ultimately as parents, we want our kids to learn doing thing they love doing. And this is the very reason why we offer camps such as Minecraft, Create a Minecraft Server or Create Minecraft Animation. We use what kids love doing and teach them Life Skills, Learning Skill and Literacy Skills in a technology environment. They have FUN LEARNING!