The Minecraft game is a hugely popular one with children (and adults) of all ages. It started off as a small, indie game and quickly took off.
It's a simple game, really - no fancy graphics, no highly produced video intro sequences. It focuses on the basics in gaming and it's very successful in doing so.
As fun as the game is, I have also found there are a number of "life lessons" that can be gleaned from the game as well. Sure, there are skills like math, geometry, spacial skills, planning and even architecture. Heck, some kids are even building their own mods, skins and add-ons to the game as well. Beyond the traditional learning aspect, I try to teach my sons values using the game as well. We share a love for the game, so I see it as a unique way for us to communicate that doesn't come off as being "preachy" the way a "son, we need to chat." conversation would.
If you have any Life Lessons from Minecraft (or any other video game, for that matter) you'd like to pass along, please contact us. We'd love to hear your stories, too!
Dadtography's "Life Lessons from Minecraft" Blog Posts
Yes, there is such a thing as “too much Minecraft”. Here are a few signs it may be time to hang up that diamond pickaxe for a while.Read This Post
Another life lesson from Minecraft from father to son. Are People Inherently Good or Bad? One father’s attempt to answer this tough question.Read This Post
I am a dad of two boys and effective tools for teaching life lessons are hard to come by. Enter: Minecraft Life Lessons – Lessons on Materialism.Read This Post