By this point I am going to guess most parents have heard of the game minecraft. Not all parents know what Minecraft exactly is. This article is going to give you the ins and outs of what parents need to know to understand this new crazed culture of building virtual worlds that is creating the upcoming generations of little architects!
A Parent’s Guide To Understanding Minecraft
minecraft is a virtual 3D world that is filled with blocks. Block trees, mountains, dirt and even the people are made from blocks. The object of the game is to build and create your own worlds, bringing out imagination in any child or adult! There is also the option to play with friends online where they can build and create together.
There are two different parts to this world. The world above, where your child starts the game, and The Nether World which is a virtual version of “hell”. The Nether is full of lava and bad guys. The highlight of The Nether World is that it is also a portal that can bring your child from where they are in The Nether World to a totally different place in the above world than where they started.
There are bad guys in minecraft like Skeletons, Creepers, Witches and the Enderman, none of which are really that scary. They growl, make some noises that remind me of a hungry stomach, but not much more than that. There are also three different modes to play this game in. In certain modes, these bad guys can hurt your character or even kill them. I’m only going to cover the two worlds that I allow my girls to play in, but also the only worlds they like to play in.
Minecraft Game Play Modes Best for Children
In this mode, players have to gather all their materials that they need in order to build, craft and to also gain experience points. In this mode it offers a gage or bar that shows your life (health), hunger, armor and when you’re under the water, an oxygen gage. Don’t let them run out!
This is the mode my girls most enjoy. In this mode, your inventory is almost infinite of all items meaning you can build anything you want whenever you want. You don’t need to forge for trees to build, as an example. In Creative mode, your child does not have to worry about dying. There is no life (health), hunger, armor or oxygen bar that you have to keep full. Bonus, they can fly over their world in order to access different areas easily or to build high up in the sky. In this mode, they can also access items that aren’t available in the Survival mode such as spawn eggs which allow animals and other creatures to enter their world.
Minecraft And Your Child
As a parent, you never want your child glued to a screen for very long. This game is very addicting to children and after playing it I can understand why. They are free to use their imagination to build whatever they want and create a virtual world full of anything they ever dreamed of. They can build hot air balloons, giant animal structures, houses, train tracks and even lava pools. They can build in the trees, at the top of mountains or where ever their imagination will let them. I’ve watched my daughters build the most amazing worlds, one which my girls call The Zoo which is full of larger than life animals like elephants, giraffes, birds, and tigers.
I, as a parent, actually love this game for my children. The only problem I really see parents having with this game is the length of time they should be playing because it is so addictive! Of course, it is not my place to say how long a parent should allow their children to play, in my home we limit it to one hour a day and one hour of tv time or watching videos on Youtube. Please be cautioned that although Youtube offers amazing videos do not let your children look around themselves as there are a lot of videos of walk-throughs that also have a whole lot of swearing. Also be wary of who they are inviting to join in on their online games with them.
Be interactive with your children and the game. Ask to see what they made, to show you their worlds, to tell you about what they are doing! It’s a lot more interesting than someone may think!
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I absolutely would love to go through every aspect of this game for you, but it’s huge! For more information on Minecraft and all the items, terms, strategies and everything in between check out Minecraft Wiki.
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