I don’t know about your kids, but mine absolutely live Minecraft. Since lockdown begun (again!), I’ve been allowing them some extra screen time (you can check out our homeschool plans if you want to see how much) and almost all of it is spent on Minecraft. I’m really pleased about this because if they’re on Minecraft, I feel like they are doing something worthwhile. They are creating and they are problem solving. They are even putting their sibling rivalry aside for a few hours and working as a team. I was keen to capitalise on this passion and so I looked around for some Minecraft learning resources. I thought I’d share with you what I found as well as a couple of Minecraft quizzes that my kids put together.
As a former learning resources adviser in a library, I’m pretty good at finding resources to help my kids learn. In fact its one of the things I’ve enjoyed most about homeschooling during lockdown. Minecraft is a great topic to be looking for themed resources because there are loads of great stuff out there, both Minecraft worksheets and Minecraft activities.
While most of the resources are free this post does contains affiliate links (identified with a *) for the books I’ve suggested.
Our Minecraft Quizzes (with Answers!)
As part of extending my son’s learning, I asked him to create his own Minecraft quiz for kids, with answers, for other children. He loved the idea of this and in the end decided to come up with two quizzes, one for Minecraft beginners and a challenge quiz for more experienced Minecraft users. If your kids would like to have a go at them, you can print them off below, along with the answers. Depending on your child, you can extend them by asking them to write their answers in full sentences. You could even ask them if they’d like to create there own Minecraft quiz questions and answers.
Learning Resources from Minecraft Themselves
The makers of Minecraft have realised that it has massive educational value and as a result have created their own lesson plans using Minecraft resources and there are a good range of them for free available on the Minecraft Education website.
Minecraft Education Worksheets
Teaching Squared is one of my favourite websites for themed worksheets and they have a great selection of Minecraft worksheets including word searches which my kids love. These Minecraft handwriting worksheets from Pepper Scraps are also great for kids just starting to learn letters. These code breakers and mazes are fun and help develop problem solving skills.
Minecraft and Maths
Minecraft can be great for understanding shape and space as well as working out how many bricks you need for a particular project. Sometimes kids just need an activity they aren’t keen on (multiplication) to be linked with something they love (Minecraft) to get them on task. I love these multiplication colouring sheets to get them practising their times tables without realising (other ideas on how to learn times tables can be found here). My favourite Minecraft maths worksheets come from Homeschool Den.
Learning to Code with Minecraft
Minecraft can be used as a way to learning coding for kids and there are lots of great resources available to do it. Code.org has some great resources for learners just starting to code and he Minecraft Education website mentioned above also has plenty to choose from.
Encouraging Reading With Minecraft
If you’d like your child to read more then these Minecraft reading logs are a great idea. There are also lots of Minecraft books you could buy. My children loved the Minecraft novel, The Island* (and reading it with them helped me understand more about Minecraft). Mine also love this series of Minecraft guides* and this beautiful Minecraft map book*.
Minecraft Learning Resources for Creativity
If you’re struggling to get your child writing then these Minecraft themed story prompts are a great way to spark imagination. If you just need an activity to fill some time then these colouring sheets will do the job. This Minecraft Bingo game also looks great fun.
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