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Is Minecraft suitable for children? Three significant educational advantages

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Perhaps you already have the words “redstone,” “blocks,” and “Enderman” in your vocabulary. You, like many other parents, may be concerned about how much time your child spends on the Internet playing a game that appears to be from the early days of the internet.

Isn’t it obvious that this isn’t good for them? I mean, they can’t possibly be learning just by playing, right? They certainly can, and they do!

What is Minecraft’s purpose?

Minecraft is an open world sand castle game, which means it lets users to interact with the environment in a non-linear manner while manipulating every aspect of the environment. The goal of Minecraft is to survive, which requires you to build, acquire stuff, and explore.

These activities are complemented by a variety of unique elements that make the game enjoyable to play (and as we will get into, potentially great for the mind). There are enemies (mobs) to defeat, and even multiplayer games have a goal to achieve (we won’t tell you what it is).

Is Minecraft a learning tool?

Minecraft is educational in the sense that it fosters creativity, problem-solving, self-direction, cooperation, and other life skills. Minecraft may be used in the classroom to supplement reading, writing, math, and even history lessons. Minecraft also teaches business principles, STEM knowledge, and a global viewpoint, among other things.

Is Minecraft suitable for children?

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Yes, Minecraft may be regarded a nice game for kids because it is both instructive and entertaining. Minecraft also improves life skills, complements scholastic skills, and helps students acquire career skills.

Why is Minecraft beneficial to children?

1. Minecraft helps you improve your life skills

One of the reasons Minecraft is excellent for kids is because it encourages creativity, problem-solving, self-direction, and teamwork, all of which are intangible, non-academic benefits. These life skills will offer them the boost they need as they work their way through college and into their future employment.

Creativity

Minecraft is unusual in that it is a limitless world where kids may build literally whatever they can think, but only within the constraints of the game’s 3D grid. In Minecraft, each game mode provides unique potential for creation!

Pirate galleons, re-creations of fictional and real-world cities, and even your favorite sci-fi ships are all likely to exist in Minecraft, and were presumably made by someone who hasn’t even finished high school. That’s some serious ingenuity! (Do a Google search for “interesting Minecraft things.”) It will astound you.)

Problem-Solving

Minecraft’s “survival mode,” in which numerous animals emerge at night and assault players, is only one example of how the game promotes problem-solving. In order to survive, players are dumped into varied surroundings and must quickly figure out how to find and build shelter, craft weapons, and gather food. Because each Minecraft “day” lasts only 10 real-world minutes, players must be quick on their feet if they want to stay alive.

Self-Direction

In addition, there is no way to “win” in Minecraft. Players must pick what they want to get out of their time in the game for themselves.

Do they desire to gather resources and construct cool things? Do they want to form a team with their friends to take down a boss? It’s entirely up to them!

Such independence—and the positive reinforcement that comes with crossing off the next goal on their chosen path—builds self-confidence and gives kids a sense of control over their own destiny, which might be absent in the rule-laden real world.

Collaboration

There are a variety of ways for kids to play Minecraft with their friends (learn how to set up a Minecraft server here), either locally or with people all over the world, and work together to achieve goals. They pool resources, construct structures, fight adversaries, and trade tips—the possibilities for communication and collaboration are unlimited. These social skills can subsequently be applied outside of the computer to children’s lives.

2. Minecraft is a great way to supplement your schoolwork.

Michelle Conaway, a mother, has written several blog entries about the benefits she’s observed from her children playing Minecraft, particularly in the most fundamental skill sets of reading, writing, and math. For good reason, many schools have begun to embrace Minecraft in the classroom.

Reading and writing are two different things.

That blocky, virtual environment has improved her sons’ reading comprehension, spelling, and enthusiasm in journaling and other creative efforts. What is the key? Motivation.

This necessitates the use of research skills. To progress in Minecraft, players must seek out information, hints, and methods from a variety of sources, including Wiki articles, YouTube lessons, and more. They learn how to sort through the seemingly limitless resources at their disposal to determine what is and isn’t valuable to them. (Doesn’t this sound like how college theses are written?)

Math

Math is yet another important and somewhat surprising aspect of Minecraft. Minecraft has a lot of obvious math applications, and it’s been used by a lot of teachers to improve engagement and results.

In Minecraft, teachers allow students to manipulate blocks, create more complicated shapes, and solve geometric problems. One Los Angeles instructor discovered that his “Mathcraft” curriculum “helped boost his class’s arithmetic performance from 18 percent correct at the start of the year to 83 percent correct during the end-of-year retesting, while substantially improving his class’s academic atmosphere.”

History

What’s that, history as well? Yes! Please consider what I’m saying.

Minecraft can actually aid pupils who are put off by the need to memorize historical facts and dates. Why? Because you can either import fully-reconstructed versions of famous buildings and landmarks or construct your own in the game.

What better way to immerse yourself in history than by taking a virtual tour of the Great Pyramids, Globe Theatre, or Coliseum?

When children examine these structures more closely, they can gain a better understanding of the architecture involved and compare and contrast how different structures were constructed.

3. Minecraft fosters the development of professional skills.

You read that correctly: Minecraft can be directly applied to workplace skills that will help your child obtain a good job in the future.

STEM expertise

You don’t want your child to be a server administrator, do you? Other types of workplace training can be found in Minecraft. Kids acquire experience with Minecraft game design techniques and coding in addition to knowledge with computer hardware and functionalities (more on that below). In a 21st-century business, these STEM skills (science, technology, engineering, and math) are extremely useful; some even call coding the new literacy!

A Global Viewpoint

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The fact that children may play with people from all around the world is a wonderful reflection of business’s globalization. How much further ahead would your child be if they enter an interview already knowing how to use basic telecommunication platforms like Skype and have the social skills necessary to interact clearly and successfully with individuals from all over the world?

Minecraft’s social aspect teaches sharing tasks, assigning roles, negotiating designs, and completing projects, all of which are extremely valuable job skills. These talents can be the most difficult to teach, but they are also the most sought for by prospective employers.

Take Advantage of Minecraft’s Educational Benefits

Consider all of the helpful, practical skills your child is getting the next time your youngster asks if they can play more Minecraft (and you know they will!). Sit down with them, observe them while they play, and participate in what they’re learning and doing. And, hey, aren’t you pleased that they’re learning while having a good time without even realizing it? That’s the best type of education, and it’s what iD Tech specializes in!

Ready to make your children learn minecraft? Here’s the link to Singapore Coding Club’s minecraft courses!

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