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Unofficial Minecraft Life Hacks Lab for Kids: How to Stay Sharp, Have Fun, Avoid Bullies, and Be the Creative Ruler of Your Universe Kindle Edition
In Unofficial Minecraft Life Hacks Lab for Kids, Adam Clarke (aka Wizard Keen) and Victoria Bennett offer projects and gameplay that will guide you to make great choices as a player and a person.
Minecraft is an amazing game that stimulates your creativity as you build whatever you can imagine, but it’s also great for learning about how to be a good citizen and mining positive connections with other players—in-game, elsewhere online, and in real life.
With this book, you’ll learn about:
- How to set good gaming ground rules, collaborate, and resolve conflicts.
- Online resources, servers, and organizations that promote and guide positive play.
- Minecraft projects that promote and guide positive play and positive digital citizenship.
The popular Lab for Kids series features a growing list of books that share hands-on activities and projects on a wide host of topics, including art, astronomy, clay, geology, math, and even how to create your own circus—all authored by established experts in their fields. Each lab contains a complete materials list, clear step-by-step photographs of the process, as well as finished samples. The labs can be used as singular projects or as part of a yearlong curriculum of experiential learning. The activities are open-ended, designed to be explored over and over, often with different results. Geared toward being taught or guided by adults, they are enriching for a range of ages and skill levels. Gain firsthand knowledge on your favorite topic with Lab for Kids.
From the Publisher
This book is as much about life as it is about Minecraft. Minecraft is a great place to discover more about yourself and others, and it’s a fantastic space for building a better world, whatever your age. The life hacks that you learn in this book will help you stay sharp, have fun, avoid bullies, and be the creative ruler of your own universe—in everything you do.
Life Hacks: Acquiring Skills
Leadership and Collaboration
Whether it’s friends building a Minecraft world together or a team of professionals working on a big project, having good leadership and collaboration skills helps us reach our goals as a group.
Self-confidence helps us break through barriers, reach our goals, and get through tough times. It’s really easy to forget how amazing you are.
Build Yourself Up
In this lab, you’ll build your own Awesome Avatar with interior rooms filled with fantastic things about you and your life.
Life Hacks: Applying Skills to Projects
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
In this lab, you’ll create a plastic patrol system and find out how much plastic waste you create, then make a Minecraft build to show your findings.
In this lab, you’ll interview a project partner to find out more about their childhood home and then build it in Minecraft.
In this lab, you’re going to build your own mini movie set.
About the Author
Adam Clarke is a professional artist who uses video games, traditional art, and digital technology to inspire and entertain, working internationally with institutions, museums, charities, and other organizations. He is a global speaker on the uses of Minecraft, video gaming, and creative digital technology, and how playing can open to learning and discovery and enable a new generation of creators, thinkers, and agents of social change. Speaking engagements have included Being a Man Festival, London; Museum Next, NYC; CultureGeek, London; Sonar Festival, Barcelona; CMC, Quebec. He is the creative driving force behind numerous groundbreaking projects, including Playcraft, the world’s first play to be performed live onstage and within Minecraft; Tateworlds, the first major project in the world to use Minecraft in a cultural context; and We Are the Rangers, a Minecraft adventure map highlighting the plight of animals at the edge of extinction, as part of the United For Wildlife campaign. Adam has more than 25 years of experience delivering inspiring and engaging workshops to all ages, especially children and young adults, and is passionate about using digital and traditional tools to encourage global creative engagement. Adam also runs his own YouTube Channel, The Wizard, and is the voice of Wizard Keen in Wonderquest, a children’s educational Minecraft show, alongside YouTube star Stampy. He lives in Cumbria, in northwest England.
Victoria Bennett is a poet, creative activist, and full-time home-educating mother, and has facilitated creative experiences for the past 25 years. Her work focuses in particular on how we tell our personal narratives, and she has worked extensively in the field of writing for awareness, advocacy, and healing. Winner of the Northern Promise Award and the Andrew Waterhouse Award for Poetry, Victoria has published four collections of poetry and been featured in several anthologies. She holds a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from Lancaster University. She has collaborated with Adam Clarke for the last 25 years on a wide range of projects, including Wood and Pixels, the 2016 Bernheim Residency, through which they responded as a family to the environment and the stories within it to create a series of photographs, poems, and immersive Minecraft experiences; and My Mother’s House, a recipient of The Writing Platform Bursary to explore literature and technology, which has achieved global interest for its use of video gaming to address the experience of caring for a parent through terminal cancer and death. She lives in Cumbria, in northwest England.--This text refers to the flexibound edition.
- ASIN : B07T9BF9JC
- Publisher : Quarry Books (July 2, 2019)
- Publication date : July 2, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 29079 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 144 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,917,625 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Despite being a 'gaming' book, this little lab book includes some really good introductions and exercises for very important life skills such as good communication, empathy, cooperation, problem solving, leadership, self confidence building, and many more. Most of the units include sidebars with new vocabulary or definitions. The information is presented in a positive manner and is never strident or intimidating (or preachy). There are 24 lab units included in the book as well as a comprehensive links and resources list for further exploration. The book also includes a simple cross referenced index.
This is a fun and worthwhile book. It would make a great classroom library book, resource book, homeschool resource book, or support text for a module on social studies subjects like relationships, bullying, social interaction, etc for kids 7-10(+). There's also a wide range of activities and most of the experiments use easily sourced materials. The photography is appealing and many of the photos use the familiar pixelated Minecraft graphics.
Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.
Let me explain.
Both of my kids have ADHD, which among other things, mean they've never quite played like other children. Neither one of them have ever really been into toys. My son does science, and has tons of rocks and specimens and loves a microscope. My daughter's main passion is Minecraft. Honestly, I can't even get irritated with her when she plays it, as at least that gives her some commonality with her peers. Now my son is starting to play, and I'm overjoyed.
This book takes this sometimes-irritating-to-parents game and twists it such that all roads in Minecraft lead to the real world. From the very beginning, in which the authors discuss "noodling" which leads to a discussion about how to be a good listener when talking to others, to the section on mastering self control (probably easier in the game than IRL), this book weaves the cubic world of Minecraft into the day to day life of a kid. They also expand ever-outward into the environmental realms (plastic pollution) and how to talk to old farts like me. There are tons of arts and craft projects in here as well, most of which tie into the rather large concepts they're building upon.
This is one of those wonderful books through which kids don't really realize they're learning. I plan on casually planting this on my daughter's desk and have little doubt she'll read it. She's read the entirety of several different series on Minecraft...this should be no different. To the authors, THANK YOU!
-Get your community involved in a "Campaign against Plastic Pollution"
-Raising real money for a charity
-Making your own movie on the computer including costumes and music.
None of the projects require Minecraft to be involved at all. The whole Minecraft theme feels forced and unnatural.
Some of the projects are of the easier variety but still involve a lot of high-level mental tasks and finding multiple people to participate with you. Every project will require a ton of parental help. Each project if done properly would take many hours if not days or even weeks. This book seems more fit for high schoolers and beyond but I'm not sure what young adult would have the time and interest to voluntarily do a Minecraft-themed book to "better themselves".
On the positive side, this book is organized very nicely with a lot of helpful pictures.