Are your kids addicted to Minecraft? This international phenomenon has literally taken the world by storm and there’s hardly a kid out there who doesn’t play it or even if they haven’t they’re sure to have heard of it.
Brush up on your Minecraft knowledge
If you don’t know too much about it, Minecraft is all about building stuff out of textured cubes in a 3D world; kids need to make and break stuff with blocks, explore, gather resources, craft and go into combat. There are not actually any achievements that need to be met, so kids have quite a lot of freedom when playing. There are all sorts of creatures in Minecraft like creepers, zombies, cave spiders and spiders amongst many others that need to be defeated. As said the game is made up mainly of cubes that are in a grid pattern and they can be different materials like dirt, stone, various ores, water, and tree trunks. Even though they can move freely within the world the objects can only be put at certain locations in relation to the grid. They gather the material blocks and then build all sorts of objects in other places. Watching the game and seeing the creations that they can build is quite an experience, it’s amazing.
Minecraft is like a culture all on its own, a club that you belong to that has millions and millions of followers. The sheer volume of Minecraft videos and parodies, forums, websites and social media dedicated to this game are mind blowing to say the least.
Stampylongnose, one of the most famous Minecraft players, is a 23 year old who gave up his job as a barman to make Minecraft video tutorials on YouTube. He has nearly 235,000 followers on Facebook, 158,000 followers on Twitter and believe it or not gets several million views a day on his YouTube channel. It’s been estimated that over the last 12 months he’s received over 600,000,000 views! He has the fourth most video views on the whole of YouTube. Incredible. He was even interviewed on BBC Breakfast! He’s a Minecraft legend. So, if you knew nothing about it, there’s your little lesson, it’s time to move on.
Let the Adventure Begin
Now let’s get on to the adventure.
One thing you’ll find about this adventure is that you’ll connect with your kids on a whole new level. You’re stepping into their world and showing them that you have an interest in their passions. They’ll love you for this game that’s for sure, and you’ll be having a family adventure of note. Win-win situation; the kids will be unplugged, and you’ll have an adventure of epic proportions too.
Right, ready? Let’s get on with it.
This is kind of like a treasure hunt with a few twists and turns along the way, which will make it a bit more of a challenge, just like the real thing. A big part of Minecraft is creating adventure maps, and one of the first things you’ll do when creating your outdoor adventure is to create one of these.
Decide on the mission
The big part to making this super exciting is to give the kids a mission which gives them a challenge to work towards with a reward at the end; make sure this is something that they’ll enjoy. Maybe they need to save a dying plant, get rid of a Creeper or Zombie, or they need to find hidden red stone or treasure. As soon as you’ve decided on this, then you’re off. Whatever you decide, make sure there is a reward in it for them for completing the quest, which could be something quite simple.
Create an Adventure Map
This is the fun part and you can enlist the help of your young explorers, but if you want to keep the mission a secret you can do this yourself. You can draw the map, or create it in a PowerPoint document or Word document.
Create a map of your backyard, and decide where you’ll place clues and riddles for them to solve in order for them to get to the end point and complete their mission. Don’t make the map recognisable in a way that when they see it they’ll know exactly where to go…they might just go straight for the end point. It is like trying to show a hiking trail with X’s along the way. Decide on your starting point and create a sign or something similar that will show them where to begin.
Now that you’ve planned where your clues are going to go, you’re going to have to make them.
Create Riddles and Clues
What you should try and do is give them age appropriate clues or riddles to lead them from one point to the next.
The first clue they need to get is to tell them what their mission is and provide a clue as to where to go next.
Your clues could be done in any way, but for example if you want them to go to the swimming pool, a clue could be something along the lines of “I’m cool and blue. Who am I? Find me and I’ll lead you to your next clue.” If you want them to go to a bedroom your clue could be something along the lines of “I keep eyes closed. Where am I?” These are just some ideas, use your imagination and have fun creating these.
If their mission is for example to save a dying plant, be a bit creative and have a bottle of water at one of the clue stations that they need to take with, at another clue spot you could have a box or bucket that they need to put the plant in. If they need to get rid of a creeper or a zombie, they could collect TNT which could be red liquorice with a label on, or diamonds which are clear rocks, or even gold bars, which could be bricks wrapped up in gold paper. You could even hide these and include an extra hint on the clue paper for example, “Look up to spot something red.” You can literally do anything to get their imaginations going and keep them engaged. Don’t make the clues too easy or too hard, as you want them to enjoy this for as long as possible.
Make your clues on pieces of paper, tie a ribbon around them perhaps, or put them in an envelope and plant them in their positions, along with any other props you might have at the different clue locations.
It’s Time to Rock and Roll
Everything is in its place, you’ve got the kids psyched up, and it’s now time to begin. Go with your kids on the adventure of course. Encourage them to solve the clues but if they get stuck you could always drop a hint or two to help them on their way.
Once they’ve solved all the clues and reached their final destination, you might find them gagging for more and they’ll be secretly creating their next quests themselves.
Share your Adventure
If you decide to have this awesome adventure, then share your experiences with us. Get your kids to sign up as junior detectives and report back on how your family quest went!