Lifestyle | 27 July 201616 Key Words to Mastering Minecraft Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Minecraft might be well known as a computer game, but John Miller and Chris Fornell Scott take it to another family-friendly level in their book Unofficial Minecraft Lab for Kids: Family-Friendly Projects for Exploring and Teaching Math, Science, History, and Culture Through Creative Building. Their activities will engage and educate kids while they’re still having fun. According to the book, “Minecraft challenges them to explore a new, unlimited world and interact with other players and the environment. They mine for resources and craft tools that they use to modify their environment to fit their needs…Its open-ended nature provides rich opportunities for exploration and discovery and satisfies a natural inquisitiveness while promoting detailed and deep conversations, both in and out of the game.” Harness that power and connection with advice from this book. Here are the 16 vocabulary words you’ll need to get started on your family Minecraft adventure. Learn to Speak Minecraft It may appear that Minecraft players are speaking a language of their own. Here are a few key terms explained. 1. Bedrock: Everyone loves digging in Minecraft, but eventually you’ll hit bottom. Bedrock is the bottom layer—you cannot break bedrock in survival mode. 2. Biome: Every Minecraft world has multiple biomes, or ecological regions. Fly around enough in creative mode and you will come across deserts, mountain ranges, oceans, jungles, plains, and many others. 3. Crafting table: Players use a crafting table to “craft” or create artifacts used in the game. 4. Creeper: An especially sneaky monster that loves to waddle up next to you and explode. 5. The End: You can play Minecraft in a sort of sequential order. You begin with nothing in survival mode, become powerful through experience and by crafting resources and then, if you still need a challenge, a final battle against a dragon awaits in another dimension known as The End. 6. Enderman: A tall, dark, skinny monster that will leave you alone— unless you look into its purple eyes. 7. Griefer/Griefing: Some players like to join a multiplayer server and sneak around, destroy stuff, and take your things. These are griefers. Nobody likes griefers. 8. Mobs: These are all the creatures you’ll discover while playing Minecraft. There are friendly mobs such as chickens and sheep, neutral mobs like Enderman, and hostile mobs like creepers, zombies, and skeletons. 9. Mods: The creative team behind Minecraft have opened up the game to other developers by allowing them to create modifications to the original game. These modifications are mostly free and change the game by adding new features or modifying existing ones. 10. Nether: You can access this scary underworld by building a special portal. 11. PvP (Player vs. Player): When playing with this feature enabled, players may harm and even kill each other. There is a widely popular Minecraft mini-game based on the popular book series The Hunger Games. 12. Redstone: A special block in Minecraft that releases dust when broken and can be used to provide power to crafted items like pistons and automated doors. 13. Skin: The fashionable outfit that your character is wearing. Skins are highly customizable in the PC version of Minecraft. Visit minecraftskins.com for hundreds of examples. 14. Spawn: This is the location where everyone will initially arrive in a new world. Your spawn point changes once you create a home with a bed and lay in it. When you die in survival mode, you will respawn at this point. 15. Steve: The generic character everyone begins life as. Mojang, the company that created the game, has recently allowed players to choose between Steve and Alex, a female character. 16. World: When you create a new game, Minecraft generates a unique world for you to play in. You can save, delete, or share worlds with others. Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: Take charge of your child’s screen time and learn fun lessons in math, science, art, architecture, and game design! Balancing your child’s screen time can be difficult, especially when it comes to popular open-ended video games like Minecraft. The game offers players an exploration, imagination, and creation-focused environment, but its nonlinear game structure can mean spending a lot of time in the game. Minecraft Lab for Kids includes a variety of creative exercises that explore the game’s aspects and use them to teach fun, educational lessons. Begin the book by brushing up on some common Minecraft language and examining each of the four game modes: survival, creative, adventure, and spectator. Then, use this knowledge to venture off onto the six different quests that encourage child and adult participation. These “gamified” labs will allow your child to earn stickers and badges as rewards as they complete quests. You’ll even learn how to screencast and narrate your own videos to share with family and friends! Unofficial Minecraft Lab for Kids provides a fun, educational gaming goals that you and your child can reach together! Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.