Minecraft – as a game – does not have many elements in that can be considered negative. It’s an inherently kid-friendly game that emphasizes creativity, freedom, and out-of-the-box thinking. There are two modes of gameplay:
This mode allows the player to purely concentrate on creation – they have every material that is available in the game universe at their fingertips – with an unlimited supply – letting them build and shape their perfect world as they see fit. This is a safer gameplay mode for people who are purely looking to give their child building blocks and help them unleash their creative side. The player does not have to do anything in-game to keep it going. There is no combat, no need to run or hide. They are able to just keep building. Pure creativity.
This mode is a little different – instead of having the materials available to them, the player has to find, mine and collect the resources they need to achieve their goals. This means that your child has to learn what objects can make other objects. For example, trees can be turned into wood, which can be further turned into wooden planks, or sticks. Coal and flint can be turned into ignition devices, and combining coal with sticks produces torches – which smart survival players will use to ward off danger, and light their magnificent creations.
As your child plays Survival Mode, they also have to learn to survive and defend themselves against monsters, and quickly learn to manage their time so they are not caught outside in the dark – the most dangerous time in a Minecraft world, as monsters only spawn in the dark.
Both modes have advantages and disadvantages to them, but luckily it is very easy to switch between the two and to make the game perform exactly as you want. There are other aspects to each mode than just building. A player can survive, explore, farm, and create their own resources. There are many things to learn in-game and it can be just as fun playing by yourself, offline, as it is playing online with other people.
Your child will develop enhanced memory abilities, as they have to remember what material turns into which other material they need, and what process to undergo to achieve that. Minecraft’s way of crafting is quite simple and logical once you understand it, but getting to learn it can help your child with information retention.
In children that play, a creative desire is often awoken. The game gives them a chance to try and make something of the designs and shapes in their heads – and most importantly – it gives them a way to discover what works by hands-on testing. What happens if you stack three blocks on top of each other, or what happens if you set them out in a random formation. Does it create something useful or cool? Can you keep building from it? You want children to see a challenge and work out how to tackle it, rather than giving up. Do spiders keep finding their way into their secret hideout? What can they do to stop that? It teaches them to spot a problem and then try and come up with the solution by themselves, without outside prompting or being dictated to. If they want it to work, they have to make it work.
The game has many different ways to be played and this means that children can use it to develop the skills they need. Do they have a short attention span and do not pay attention to what is around them? Maybe exploring, looking for the different biomes in the game is a great way forward. Get them looking for something that offers a reward at the end of it. There are countless opportunities within the game that have started to become embraced by adults and children all over the world.