Unofficial Minecraft Lab for Kids: Family-Friendly Projects for Exploring and Teaching Math, Science, History, and Culture Through Creative Building
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Unofficial Minecraft Lab for Kids is a collection of creative, collaborative projects that connect in-game challenges with hands-on activities that are both fun and educational.
An Amazon Best Kids’ Books of 2016 pick!
Minecraft offers players an environment focused on exploration, imagination, and creation, but its nonlinear game structure can mean spending a lot of time in the game. With these labs, you can balance your child's screen time with real-life learning and interaction.
You will start the book by brushing up on some common Minecraft language and examining each of the four game modes: survival, creative, adventure, and spectator. Then, you’ll use this knowledge to venture off onto the six different quests that encourage child and adult participation. For each Lab, complete the hands-on activity in art, craft, or design, then build a related in-game project. Have fun with these creative projects and more:
- Make a Chinese finger trap from construction paper, followed by a zombie trap in Minecraft.
- Build a castle from sugar cubes, then learn to build one in Minecraft.
- Create shadow puppets to perform a scene from your favorite story, then animate the scene using Minecraft.
- Make a bow and arrow from popsicle sticks, dental floss, and a cotton swab, then do some archery practice in Minecraft.
Sticker badges at the back of the book reward your child as they complete each quest. You'll even learn how to screencast and narrate your own videos to share with family and friends. Unofficial Minecraft Lab for Kids provides fun, educational gaming goals that you and your child can reach together!
The popular Lab for Kids series features a growing list of books that share hands-on activities and projects on a wide host of topics, including art, astronomy, clay, geology, math, and even how to create your own circus—all authored by established experts in their fields. Each lab contains a complete materials list, clear step-by-step photographs of the process, as well as finished samples. The labs can be used as singular projects or as part of a yearlong curriculum of experiential learning. The activities are open-ended, designed to be explored over and over, often with different results. Geared toward being taught or guided by adults, they are enriching for a range of ages and skill levels. Gain firsthand knowledge on your favorite topic with Lab for Kids.
From the Publisher
WHAT CAN MINECRAFT TEACH?
Minecraft encourages players to create, share, and innovate as no other game has ever done before. It promotes continuous learning.
Teaching and learning from others is as much a part of the game as building a shelter or fighting creepers. While playing in creative mode, with an unlimited supply of every block in their inventory available, players have the freedom to explore their imagination. Players
monitor their inventories, conduct ongoing needs assessments, and consider options to expand and improve their character’s status in the game. By learning more skills and discovering or crafting more resources, players better prepare themselves for each day, and the reward for their hard work is enhanced playability.
When playing in survival mode, players must rely upon a varied and changing set of skills to achieve their immediate and long-term goals.
Minecraft encourages numerous positive traits and builds life skills and spatial understanding. Players develop problem-solving strategies for surviving each night while setting and prioritizing goals for the next day.
It is only through perseverance and planning that players will be successful.
Further, players value the craftsmanship and skills of others while sharing knowledge and innovations, especially in creative multiplayer mode. They develop large-scale, imaginative, team-oriented projects and break down tasks to assign pieces to players based on skill sets. This interdependence builds positive relationships and flexible thinkers.
The vast amount of creative and humorous storytelling and adventure sharing online reflects Minecraft’s popularity.
Survival tips, creative ideas, and answers to player questions are only a click or two away on the Internet. Younger players follow and often imitate their favorite YouTube stars, producing and sharing videos and tutorials of their own and emulating a business model for the twenty-first century.
Lab 7: Cookies!
Crafting cookies in and out of the game make this the yummiest lab. To complete the family activity, bake a batch of delicious cookies to explore the science behind cooking.
Cookies were the first food in Minecraft that could be stacked. Stackable food allows you to carry more when exploring the world. But not all cookies in Minecraft are edible, as you’ll see in the Minecraft part of this lab.
Fig. 1: Notice the changes in texture as you mix the dry and wet ingredients.
Cooking is a science. When we combine ingredients like flour, sugar, and butter to make cookies, they change chemically and physically, first as each ingredient is added and mixed, which changes their texture.
During baking, cookies go through a chemical change as the butter and other ingredients melt, aligning their atoms in new combinations. That physical change leaves the cookies lumpy with yummy bumps.
Fig. 1: Harvest some wheat and cocoa beans and place on a crafting table to make “edible” chocolate chip cookies. (Pocket Edition is shown here.)
Crafting cookies in real life is much more delicious than the in-game counterpart, but it can be just as fun. In this part of the lab, create cookies.
Publisher:Quarry Books; Stk edition (June 1, 2016)
Publication date:June 1, 2016
File size:25021 KB
Print length:148 pages