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Unofficial Minecraft Lab for Kids: Family-Friendly Projects for Exploring and Teaching Math, Science, History, and Culture Through Creative Building (Hands-On Family) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-10-20 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 16 user ratings
ISBN:1631591177
LANGUAGE:English

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While it may start at a fairly basic level for some experienced Minecrafters, the Minecraft Lab for Kids does a good job of creating new and interesting challenges for players, while also offering craft ideas for the “Real World.” Learn how to plan a digital and very real garden at the same time or host a Zombie Disco Dance Party while wiring LED lights. This book is very ambitious and wide ranging and is worth checking out, (even if you only like one or two of the activities). The Author is John Miller.

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While it may start at a fairly basic level for some experienced Minecrafters, the Minecraft Lab for Kids does a good job of creating new and interesting challenges for players, while also offering craft ideas for the “Real World.” Learn how to plan a digital and very real garden at the same time or host a Zombie Disco Dance Party while wiring LED lights. This book is very ambitious and wide ranging and is worth checking out, (even if you only like one or two of the activities). The Author is John Miller.

Ben
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While it may start at a fairly basic level for some experienced Minecrafters, the Minecraft Lab for Kids does a good job of creating new and interesting challenges for players, while also offering craft ideas for the “Real World.” Learn how to plan a digital and very real garden at the same time or host a Zombie Disco Dance Party while wiring LED lights. This book is very ambitious and wide ranging and is worth checking out, (even if you only like one or two of the activities). The Author is John Miller.

Ben
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"An excellent book by two thoughtful educators! I've used Minecraft in my own classroom but really liked how this book was laid out with challenges kids, families, and teachers could do together. As the book states in the introduction the activities are designed to bring people together through creativity and exploration. If you find yourself a bit befuddled by Minecraft but know your kids love it and are curious to explore this is the book for you." said.

"I just got this book and had to write a review. My kids have been playing Minecraft for a long time, but I'm still trying to figure it out. As they're getting older, I can see the best way to connect with them is understanding their apps and what they like with technology. This book explains all of the important things about Minecraft without being too wordy. I'm so excited! I already looked at the activities, and so happy they don't take too much effort. I just need to set aside the time to hang out with my kids basically. :) Making this book a summer goal!" said.

"What an excellent resource for parents and educators alike. This book is packed with endless tips and resources to let families jump into the world of Minecraft together. I was sold by page 11! Features of this book that make it a must-have include hands on activities to do with kids 'out of the game' that are followed by 'in game' challenges and experiences. I am an educator and plan to share this with families in our county. Kids will LOVE being able to share their Minecraft knowledge with others while learning math, science, history and culture. This would be a great gift for a child, a family or a teacher." said.

"I think this book should actually be called Minecraft Lab for Kids and Their Parents. I'm both a teacher who has been around the obsessive nature of my Minecraft loving students and a father of an 8 year old boy and 10 year old girl who have been playing some version of Minecraft for the past 18 months. When I received a copy of this book my son told me that we would finally have to step and buy the official PC version of the game as he had been playing the iPad version since day one. We split the difference on the $26 version and he jumped right in, mostly putting the book to the side as he began to build with the expanded blocks like redstone and TNT.

As a parent and a teacher what I value most about the book is that it throws me right into what is possible over a large range of projects, from growing a garden, to building a musical instrument to building an airplane. These are all things I personally want to try out myself. Giving parents a map to potential Minecraft projects gives me both the language and the direction to engage more deeply with this world that my son and daughter are so fascinated with. The simple and clean layout, images and chapters are also a plus.

As someone who likes to engage in the physical world, and wants my children and students to move more easily between digital and physical projects, I can appreciate the "out-of-game" activities like planting seeds, building a matchbox guitar and folding a paper airplane. But as a connection to the game it feels like a bit of a stretch. My son didn't seem that interested in them and I wouldn't do them on my own. My son wants to jump right into the game itself. I think there are all sorts of opportunities to connect the game with the real world, but those work best when they interact with each other. There are a lot of interesting things being done with the Makey Makey to make the "in-game" interactive with the "out-of-game". [...]

Overall this is a great tool for parents and teachers who want jump into the world of Minecraft.
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