I’m very happy to announce the publication of my new book, the Unofficial Minecraft Lab for Kids. A representative from Quarto Publishing Group contacted Chris Scott and I about a year ago and suggested we submit a proposal for a book. They specialize in hands-on, DIY kinds of books and Chris and I thought we could develop the concept around Minecraft.
Our hope for the book is that it helps bridge the “Minecraft gap” that occurs in many families where kids play the game, but parents don’t and may not be aware of the amazing opportunities for learning and collaborative fun the game can provide.
We’ve created themed “labs” that each include a Minecraft build and a connected arts and craft activity to be completed outside of the game. Kids become the experts and take charge of the learning in the game and parents or adult caregivers lead the craft activity. As the old advertising slogan goes, it’s fun for the entire family! We also think this would be great for homeschoolers and for teachers interested in exploring the idea for their class.
Individual labs can be completed in 2-3 hours and our thought is that these would make for great weekend, or rainy day family activities. We are encouraging the sharing of completed labs online via the Twitter hashtag #minecrafterbook and through family generated blogs and YouTube channels. Chris and I have set up a new website with this in mind at minecrafterbook.com.
You can buy the book, or get a preview by visiting this link. Happy crafting!