My kids love Minecraft.
Like many other parents, I’ve been converted. Not to being a player, no. I’m afraid it’s been years since any true video game has appealed to me. I’m much more of a puzzle girl (crosswords, sudoku, logic). But, I am seeing the value of Minecraft in the boys’ lives.
- Determination. They had watched videos of other players with a friend at the library. When I expressed doubts and reluctance…. they read up on Minecraft for a year. And not just web searches, but read actual published books, both in print and published on the Kindle platform.
- Perseverance. Building in Minecraft is only limited, apparently, by your imagination. Our children have been skyscrapers, water treatment plants (I know, right? What kid does that?), roller coasters, villages with integrated economies, replicas of various Federation starships, and (most recently), miniature golf courses.
- Curiosity. Our boys have recently attended seminars on writing their own Minecraft mods, and grasped (and explained) various coding issues involved that I had no idea they knew. (Another one of those “I have no idea where they learned that” moments.)
This summer, one of our family’s boredom prevention efforts is participating in the Build Like an Egyptian course on the SKrafty Homeschool Minecraft server. And (yes! of course!) while they’ll be reading and listening and watching information about ancient Egypt… they’ll also be learning through some amazing building activities.
After learning about the region and the river delta, they’ll be selecting a plot around the Nile and settling in, including planting crops and building an Egpytian home.
Read about Pharaohs and build a replica of the Valley of the Kings.
By © Hans Hillewaert, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3153928
Study hieroglyphs and build a replica of the Rosetta Stone.
Learn about the Egyptian numbering system and build a Sphinx.
And when it’s all done… we’ll party.
Of course, it’ll be a Minecraft party! (with Egyptian undertones…!)
These plates, cups and napkins will be the perfect finish to our summer “trip” to Egypt.
And I even have some cool invitations to send to the boys’ friends, so they can show off their archaeological work.
I received a complimentary set of these Minecraft party supplies from #DiscountPartySupplies for review purposes.
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