If your child likes to play Minecraft and you think it’s “just another video game”, think again. Minecraft can actually be educational. Yes, your child can have fun and learn something at the same time.
How is Minecraft educational? Let’s take a look…
Math skills. Since Minecraft is an open-ended game that allows players to use virtual building blocks to create basically anything they want, math skills are needed to get the job done. For example, players may need to divide supplies evenly or figure out the area needed to build a city. That’s where division and multiplication facts come in. Math skills are also incorporated as players try to figure out how many minutes they have left until nighttime settles in on the game.
Reading & Writing Skills. A big part of the Minecraft game is communicating virtually with other players. In order to do this effectively, children need to be able to read messages and write them. The exchange with other players forces them to brush up on their reading and writing skills if they want to understand what other players are telling them and if they want other players to understand them.
History skills. How does a video game using blocks teach history? Minecraft allows players to import reconstructed views of historical landmarks like The Great Pyramids and The Coliseum. While kids may not be interested in reading about these things in their history books, seeing them come to life on their screens may spark an interest. This interest could lead them to actually pick up a book to learn more about history.
STEM knowledge. These days STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) skills are essential. Through Minecraft, children become familiar with video game design principles as well as coding. These are not only great skills to have but they are skills that made lead your child on a successful career path.
At MakerKids, we strive to bring all of those educational benefits to the forefront. Through our Minecraft classes for kids, participants will be able to learn how computers and servers work as well as learn core computer programming concepts. All of this is done in a setting that allows students to collaborate with each other, thus improving social skills as well. Classes that incorporate Minecraft and other skills are offered as after-school programs as well as other formats. To find out more about Minecraft courses for kids, contact us at 877-791-2870.