Are you totally lost when your child starts talking about Minecraft? And you think that they are speaking some foreign language and you just can’t for the life of you figure out what the big deal is all about. However after some lengthy conversations with our kids and some online research I came up with this article on an introduction to Minecraft for parents.
We have two kids in our house that are constantly talking about Minecraft, and I have absolutely no idea what they are talking about. Needless to say the kids in our house learned a whole new vocabulary that included words like creepers, spawn, respawn, zombies, skeletons, armour, inventory and whole lot more. This was way out of my league and I realized that if I was going to some sort of meaningful relationship with these kids I’d better learn something about this game.
Needless to say, instead of changing the subject or pretending that I understand what they are showing me, I thought I’d do a little research and get the overall scoop of this whole Minecraft deal.
If you are looking for the book A Minecraft Guide for Parents which is an excellent resource for parents who are really struggling to understand all that Minecraft has to offer. In the mean time this article is just a brief introduction to Minecraft for parents that will help you understand what your kids are talking about.
If you are interested in the book you can scroll down to see a quick review on A Minecraft Guide for Parents by Cori Dusmann.
Do we as parents really need know what Minecraft is all about and how it exactly works? Well, really anytime that the Microsoft Corporation goes out and spends $2.5 billion dollars to purchase the rights to the Minecraft game your kids will more than likely be playing, it seems pretty sensible to pay a little attention. As parents we really should stay informed on what going in our kids world.
Here’s What Minecraft Is All About.
Minecraft is a video game originating from the Mojang gaming studio, it’s what’s called a sandbox game. That basically implies that there are actually no real plots or objectives involved.
This is much like when your toddlers play freely in their sandbox. When playing Minecraft your older children can essentially make-up their very own rules in the game.To make it easier to understand Minecraft is really just all based around a building block format.
As soon as the sun rises on any typical day the virtual Minecraft video game world, materials are excavated from the ground (you basically “mine” first, then “craft” your imaginations creations in block form). Those blocks are subsequently used to make essentially any form of 3D object. It really comes down to your child’s creativity and imagination that is uniquely developed in a way that will really make sense to him.
Kids worldwide have built literally everything, from working complex computers to very simple villages, houses and animals. There are also are plenty of unique different terrains and habitats that are just waiting to be explored.
Probably the ideal description for the video game Minecraft would be to try and imagine LEGO blocks in a digital form.However, unlike the LEGO physical building blocks as well as having the worlds you’ll be able to make with them, the Minecraft video game is populated with monsters that love to roam around during the night, this sometimes ends up in your child’s Minecraft creations being destroyed.
There have been more than 50 million Minecraft copies that have been sold on mobile, PC, and game console platforms. Around the world there are Minecraft conventions for old and young that have sprung up. A Minecraft movie and Opera deal are also in the works.
It’s worthwhile as a parent to find out and understand what games your kids are playing.But here is the good news Minecraft has really no downside to it. Although, there’s the fact that it doesn’t make your kids as physically active as maybe outdoor games and sports, but it does spark your kids’s sense of individuality and helps with your child’s mental development. Kids are able to build literally anything that they can dream up, which will certainly drive home the point to your kids that they are capable of accomplishing whatever they put their minds to.
A Must Watch Video and A Guide For Minecraft for Parents
This is a GREAT video that will hopefully give parents, who are new to Minecraft and struggling, a five minute quick snapshot of what the Minecraft video game is all about and will answer questions about it’s safety and other important questions all parents want to know more about. This video is just a starting point and I’m positive that you will have delve much deeper if you’re planning on keeping up with your kids.
Minecraft for Parents Important Links
One thing I noticed with the kids in our house is that they were watching Minecraft videos one after the other and I was really concerned about what sort of videos they were watching so for all other parents reading this.
Minecraft Child Friendly YouTube Channels (that I’m aware of)
Minecraft For Parents Books
If you are looking for some additional help as a parent trying to wrap your mind around the whole concept of Minecraft you’ll find these additional books helpful. I know that I was little concerned when our kids really started to get interested in the whole Minecraft deal as anything else a little knowledge goes along way. The worst thing that can happen is you might just find Minecraft fun as well and make it a family hobby, another way to spend quality family time with your kids.
If you are looking for some awesome books to help you along with parenting and Minecraft one that I really like is A Parent’s Guidebook to Minecraft®.
A Parent’s Guidebook to Minecraft®
by Cori Dusmann
First of all this is an excellent guide for any parent that is unfamiliar with the video game of Minecraft and is highly recommended. There is a wealth of information for any adult who wants understand their child’s Minecraft world in it’s 256 pages. The book is available in two formats A Parent’s Guidebook to Minecraft paperback and a Kindle Edition which includes free international wireless delivery. If you are worried that you don’t have a Kindle ebook reader, have no worries because anyone is able to read a Kindle book—even if you don’t own a Kindle device—with a FREE Kindle app for computers, tablets, and smartphones .
The next time your kids sit down to play some Minecraft, get them to explain Minecraft to you and get them to explain how Minecraft works so that you can also become involved. There are numerous adults that have enjoyed the popular pastime of LEGO block building when they were kids, and now those identical joys can easily be experienced with your kids while playing the Minecraft video game.
Minecraft Child Safety on The Internet
All being said, we as parents want our children to be safe when they are using the internet so if you need more information on Minecraft child safety on the internet please be sure to check out the links below:
We hope our article on an Introduction to Minecraft for Parents will be of some help when you child is talking endlessly about his latest Minecraft creation.
If you have any Minecraft websites or tips that will help other parents understand this Minecraft video game then please share them in the comments below. Thank you
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