Minecraft for Kids: What Are the Benefits?

June 20, 2018 0

Minecraft is one of the biggest games in the world, with over 75 million players every month. It’s accessible on a multitude of platforms, from mobile phones to the Nintendo Switch and PC. What started out as a game about creativity grew into a worldwide phenomenon. It took the sandbox environment people experience with LEGO blocks from the real world and put it into a procedurally generated video game world. Even schools use Minecraft for kids now. But what are the benefits of using Minecraft in the classroom? Why should you let your kid continue to play the game when at home? To help you understand, here is a look at the benefits of playing Minecraft, in and out of school: Minecraft Boosts Creativity What is Minecraft? The main focus of the game is to break down blocks from the given environment and then use the raw materials to craft new items. Kids can roam the game world, for example, to break down trees to get blocks of wood or rock walls for blocks of stone and then use those materials to build a house. This, in essence, is similar to giving children a blank canvas and a bunch of paint. It’s like giving children unlimited blocks of LEGO or mounds of clay. They can experiment with their creativity and make anything they want. Some school teachers give specific tasks, allowing kids to get creative with the way they achieve these goals. One great example is how the government of Denmark had the whole country replicated in Minecraft. They then allowed students to explore this virtual replica to understand Denmark’s history and landmarks. Minecraft for Kids Helps Improve Logical, Problem-Solving Skills Making things in Minecraft is fun but it’s not easy. There are no guides, no quest logs, and no [Read More…]