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6 Benefits of Playing Minecraft

Not too sure about Minecraft? Here are 6 Benefits of Playing Minecraft and why it's not such a bad game.

As a parent, I have my issues with video games. I grew up in a time where video games weren’t as popular as they are now. We played outside until the street lights came on. Our games were hide-n-seek and man-hunt. We hung out on the corner with our friends and just enjoyed life. However, today we live in a world of technology and for some of us, it can become a bit too much. My son Jaiden loves his video games, especially¬†Minecraft. While I still don’t fully understand the game, today I want to talk about the 6 benefits of playing Minecraft.

Not too sure about Minecraft? Here are 6 Benefits of Playing Minecraft and why it's not such a bad game.

From what I have seen and played, Minecraft takes you back to simplicity. Graphics have come so far from Mario, that when Minecraft came out, I think a few of us were scratching our heads. I know I was. However, this is what I mean by simplicity. The graphics are old school¬†but advanced in some ways. I have played with my son and I don’t totally get it, but I enjoyed myself. I played because I wanted to understand what it is my son saw in this game and why he loved it so much.

Not too sure about Minecraft? Here are 6 Benefits of Playing Minecraft and why it's not such a bad game.

Jaiden has Minecraft on a few different devices. This is how much he loves this game! We have Minecraft for Xbox One, Jaiden actually received the Xbox One Minecraft Edition for his birthday this year. Then we have it on his laptop, my laptop, and his iPad. I think it’s safe to say, he’s a bit addicted to the game? We have even branched out and started buying the books to see what they are all about. Jaiden recently purchased the Combat Handbook and is loving it. Not sure which one will be on our list next.

6 Benefits of Playing Minecraft

Boost Creativity.

In Minecraft, you have a few options when you start but you always have to use your creativity to build. My son and I found a village in which we completely took it over and expanded our homes. Kids build from the ground up. They take the idea they have and pull it off in this game. My son has built villages and huge robots. It takes what I know as creativity to entirely new level.

Improves Academics.

How can Minecraft improve my son’s Academics? You wouldn’t think a video game like Minecraft could do such a thing but in Minecraft, you have to problem solve. These kids have to solve problems in their building techniques, they also have to find ways to protect their homes and strategize a plan to survive against creepers and zombies.

Not too sure about Minecraft? Here are 6 Benefits of Playing Minecraft and why it's not such a bad game.

Promotes Goals.

When my son decides to start a new world in Minecraft, he usually goes in with a goal. A goal to build a huge village, a town, or some crazy robots. He’s even built his own racing games within the game. These are the goals he has. He sets them and finishes them. My goal is to finish knitting this shawl that is a pain, but his, his goal is to finish a town.

Builds Confidence.

My son lacks confidence. He’s a great kid and really smart. Math is his subject but even then, he feels like he’s never good enough. When he’s finished designing and building his creations in Minecraft he is so excited and proud. He talks my ear off about what he’s done and I can see the confidence in him grow.

Not too sure about Minecraft? Here are 6 Benefits of Playing Minecraft and why it's not such a bad game.

Lacks Violence.

Minecraft has almost no violence in it. You kill spiders, zombies, and creepers. You have to kill animals for food to survive. There are no guns and shooting people down. A lot of games have a great deal of violence and Minecraft, even though I totally don’t get it, is the one game I don’t mind my son playing because of the lack of violence.

Teaches Teamwork.

Teamwork is essential to teach a child. As an adult, I am not good with teamwork. I often feel I can get the task done 10x faster by myself. With Minecraft, you have to dig for coal, iron, diamonds and such. If your little one is playing on multiplayer they can come together as a team. They can plan and go mining together. They come together with their findings of coal, iron, Redstone and more. This allows them to work together as a team, to build the items they need to survive.

While I am still a big fan of good old fashion playing and enjoying life, this is the world we live in. We live in a world where technology is everything. Even us adults are addicted to technology. Now, we all have to remember to unplug from time to time. I can promise you this, it would be worth. You will survive not knowing what your friends had for lunch for a week. Unplugging is great for you and your family. Remember to do it more often.

Even with the benefits that Minecraft has, I have to say, I am happy to see him running around playing. Kids will be okay with or without video games. We just have to remember we live in a world of technology and do our best to make sure they live a happy and fulfilling life.

Don’t understand Minecraft? Try playing with them and see why it appeals to them. Kids often do the things we like, sometimes, we have to come to their level and do what they like. You won’t die, not in real life anyway. I’ve died plenty in Minecraft! HAHA!

Do you know of any other reasons why playing Minecraft is beneficial to your child? I’d love to hear about it!

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11 Comments

  • Reply Censie

    Thanks for this info. My son is 7 and last year in school he would learn about Minecraft and wanted to play. We really didnt know what it was all about then. But I totally see why this woudl be a great game for kids. I am sure he will want to play this year too!

    August 14, 2017 at 8:35 pm
  • Reply Karlyn Cruz

    My 6 year old is so addicted to this game. How he even knows what to do is beyond me, but I have read many benefits like the ones on your list so I’m not completely put off by it and kind of encourage it a little. I know he gets excited about seeing new characters and certain things. I honestly just see a bunch of blocks and can’t for the life of me understand why it’s so interesting, but I guess it’s really good with the coding practice part of it.

    August 15, 2017 at 7:33 am
  • Reply Lori Bosworth

    Like you, I grew up playing outdoor games, not indoor games. Minecraft sounds like it offers a lot in terms of problem solving, creativity and encouraging teamwork. I also like the fact that it is not a violent game!

    August 15, 2017 at 7:34 am
  • Reply Melissa

    MY daughter resisted Minecraft for a really long time, about 3 years after her friends were playing it. She eventually checked it out and fell in love! It is now one of her favorite games and although we pump money it to it here and there it is a pretty inexpensive game considering how interactive it is with her friends and family as well as how much time she actually gets out of it. I personally have never been a gamer but I think I will have to try this one out with her.

    August 15, 2017 at 7:41 am
  • Reply Lisa Favre

    Minecraft is huge with so many of the kids around our area and for good reason. I didn’t realize how much of a creativity factor there was for it but that’s awesome. I think the characters look adorable haha, but hey, that’s me!

    August 15, 2017 at 9:11 am
  • Reply Nadalie

    Kids are sooo in love with Minecraft, I guess as far as games go it does require you to actually use your mind and all the benefits you mentioned above. The 80s kid in me also appreciates that it’s a throw back with the retro game designs. I can see how anyone can get lost playing Minecraft for ages. Thanks for reassuring parents about it’s benefits.

    August 15, 2017 at 9:19 am
  • Reply Roch

    Wow. I didn’t think Minecraft would offer a lot of advantages to hone the thinking skills and creativity of children. As with other games, this can inspire them to think different and improve their ability to solve problems. Interesting!

    August 15, 2017 at 6:07 pm
  • Reply ALi Rost

    I remember when my son was this age and he played games like Mimecraft. So nice to see that it doesn’t have all of the voilence that others do. The teamwork piece is huge as well. I remember he would game with people from all over the world. So cool how we’re all able be connected these days! x

    August 15, 2017 at 8:46 pm
  • Reply Crystal

    WE LOVE Minecraft!! And Yes!! The team building is amazing. The creativity is awesome. My boys could play all day long!

    August 15, 2017 at 11:19 pm
  • Reply Jennifer Seigler

    My sons play Minecraft and I see how they concentrate on the game. I agree with all the benefits you have listed in this post because I have seen them in my boys. They learned to be critical thinkers and problem solvers at their young age/

    August 16, 2017 at 7:32 am
  • Reply Jennifer Seigler

    My sons play Minecraft and I see how they concentrate on the game. I agree with all the benefits you have listed in this post because I have seen them in my boys. They learned to be critical thinkers and problem solvers at their young age.

    August 16, 2017 at 7:33 am
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