Minecraft Books – How We Got Our Minecraft Obsessed Child to Read
Getting Your Child to Read Minecraft Books
Do you have problems getting your Minecraft child to read? We say Minecraft child because OMG these kids live and breathe Minecraft.
Here’s the deal. Over the summer, we had hit our limit on screen time. The weather is hot, we want the kids to play or do SOMETHING besides sit in front of the screens and play Minecraft. We headed to the local bookstore to let the kids choose a book to read. Talk about epic fail. The younger boys threw a fit. They didn’t want to read, they hated books. They didn’t want anything to do with it. That was until our older son showed them a book.
That’s right, we were able to encourage our kids to read with a Minecraft book. Would we love our kids to be reading the classics? Sure! Is it going to happen? Most likely not until they are forced to in school.
We purchased our 7-year-old son a Minecraft Guide Book. He loves to read it and then when he does have screen time, he uses it to figure things out. This is a great way to encourage learning thru Minecraft. If the kids are going to sit playing Minecraft for hours on end, it’s great to know that the game and book are encouraging him to read, learn and to figure things out. You know, so his mind doesn’t become total mush!
If you are having a problem peeling your child away from Minecraft – try out the Minecraft books. They are nothing amazing as far as writing goes, but you know what? Our kids love it. When we are having a no screen time day, or at night before bed – they are reading their Minecraft books. If they can’t play Minecraft, what’s the second best thing? Reading about Minecraft!
Best Minecraft Books for Young Readers
Here are several Minecraft books for young readers. Our youngest son is not a great reader (yet.) He is still young, but he seriously tries to read these books which is huge! Especially since the books we have are not picture books.
Looking for free Minecraft Birthday Invitations? We have a FREE printable one – just for you!
I don’t know about your kids, but my kids are OBSESSED with Minecraft. Listen, they love video games and if I didn’t put a cap on their playtime, I am pretty sure we would have 2 kids that didn’t sleep that just played Minecraft AROUND the clock.
In addition to our 2 older kids, – a boy and girl, our 3-year-old found the Minecraft app on his iPad and has started playing as well. He doesn’t really get what he is doing, but none the less it will just be a matter of time until it clicks.
Free Minecraft Invitations
We are approaching birthday season in our house, and one of the birthdays will be Minecraft themed. I found a few options for Minecraft birthday invitations online, but you have to buy them.
Who doesn’t love free printables? We wanted to offer a FREE Minecraft birthday invitations since the Angry Birds Invitations were so popular and well received, I have a feeling these will be as well.
So let’s get you an free printable Minecraft invite for your Minecraft themed party.
How To Personalize Your Minecraft Party Invitations
The best part of these free Minecraft invitations, it’s easy to personalize! Follow the below directions and learn how to customize the free DIY Minecraft birthday invitation to your liking. We have also added a free Evite Minecraft invitation template – keep reading to see this!
This Minecraft invitation is 5 x 7. If you are looking to mail this like a card, send these in a A7 envelopes – these are 5.25 x 7.25.
How to Personalize the Minecraft Birthday Invitation with PicMonkey
Let’s look at how to personalize your party printable. Editing the invite is SUPER easy. I went through and made sure of this – you can see a completed invitation below. Here is how you do it. Make sure you’ve downloaded the invite first, and then follow these steps for easy editing.
Select the Minecraft invite file from wherever you saved it to on your computer.
Using the Add Text function, add the party details to the invitation. I have an upgraded account at PicMonkey so I have more font options. I used the Times New Yorker font (the items in green and the RSVP). I used the Didact Gothic font for the party details.
Next, add in any details you want. And then hit SAVE. Love the way the pixel look of this invite came out!
Last – you will want to save your invitation as SEAN – the highest quality – if you are including in email or an evite, you can save as a Roger or Pierce.
These are FREE, the only thing I ask is that you please share these with your friends. Pin, Facebook Like, Tweet, Stumble.
Digital Invitations Free to Send and Print!
Since you get the invites free, why not send a digital invitation? My favorite service for sending digital invites is Evite. It’s super simple with free options. This so saves the headache of printing, mailing and addressing!
We are all about simplicity so one of my favorite party hacks is using evites to manage our party attendees and RSVPs. Evite has really upped their game in allowing you to send free party invitations or premium invites!
If you are looking to simplify your Minecraft party – send an evite rather than printing invitations.
For Evite – Online Minecraft Invitations
We’ve create free Minecraft invites evite graphics! These will make sending your birthday invites even easier.
We’ve created 4 free Minecraft Valentines Printables – perfect for your little Minecrafter! I’ve mentioned this before and it still holds true – my kids are obsessed with Minecraft.
As I type this – my son is on the PC playing, another on the iPad and then another on the Xbox upstairs. Oh, and my husband — he is playing in his office. This is a nightly ritual so when I saw that Valentine’s Day was approaching, I knew I needed to create these because I am pretty sure that I am NOT alone when it comes to a Minecrafting house!
Free Minecraft Valentines Day Cards
Here are 4 free printable designs featuring some Minecraft favorites.
You make my heart explode
I dig you
Be Mine Craft
Valentine, let’s build a world together
Perfect for that Valentine’s Day card exchange in the classroom.
These Minecraft Valentine’s Day card printables are FREE, easy to make (no crafting!) and your kids will love these – or at least I hope! Just click the download PDF button above, print out the valentine’s cards, cut and have your child write a message on the back of each card. Easy, peasy – right? How many easy things do us moms get, NONE – well maybe with this we can count it as one!
From our Minecrafting family to your’s…. Happy Valentine’s Day Minecrafters!!!
All Things Minecraft
Are your kids or family into Minecraft? Yep – so are we! The whole fam (minus the mom) are huge Minecrafters. Check out All Things Minecraft – here are a few of our favorite posts:
It’s here! Our August 2016 Minecraft Mine Chest unboxing video and review.
Anyone who has tried to buy a gift for an 11-year-old boy can sympathize with me. Our 11-year-old had no idea what he wanted for his birthday. He loves Minecraft, and that is pretty much his life but I didn’t just want to buy him another Minecraft toy.
My husband stumbled upon Mine Chest.
What is Mine Chest?
Mine Chest is a subscription service from the people at Minecraft. So yes, this is an “official subscription box”. Each box comes with a few toys and a shirt – at least that is what we have experienced. Each box is themed and very well put together. In fact, we have had to lay down the law and say that he has to throw away some of the boxes (not the content but the actual boxes.) Our kid was planning on building who knows what – we don’t have room for these, kid!
Our son is wearing one of the Minecraft shirts in the photo below. It’s great that it’s bi-monthly so it’s always “new” and the shirts are good quality.
This was it! This was what we would buy our kid for his 11th birthday. He has loved each box he has received. Actually, the entire family (minus myself) has enjoyed playing with the various elements included in the subscription box.
I mentioned everyone, including my husband, plays this game – right? Well again, minus me 🙂 Anyways, here is a little bit about this subscription box.
What’s included in a Minecraft Mine Chest Subscription?
4-7 Official Minecraft items in every Chest.
Includes toys, collectibles and apparel.
Themes based on in-game locations.
How Often is it Delivered?
The Mine Chest is on a bi-monthly subscription. Your chests should arrive between the 5th and 15th of every even-numbered month.
Mine Chest Unboxing
Here is our Minechest Unboxing from August 2016. Check out what’s in this month’s box and enjoy our video review.
The subscription if $39.99 and includes shipping and handling. For the products included, I feel like this is a fair cost. The products are all quality items.
Want to learn more about Minecraft? We have a page dedicated to All Things Minecraft featuring all of our content on the topic.
Minecraft Explained – This game has taken over our house and this mom doesn’t like it. Yeah yeah, call me a Minecraft hater or what have you. Sure, I haven’t played so who am I to judge, right?
What I do know is that my son who is 7, my daughter who is 9 and my husband who is 36 are all obsessed with Minecraft. As an onlooker this game looks silly – but obviously, I am just not in the cool kids club because the world seems to be playing it. If you are thinking what is the point of Minecraft! This post is for you.
SO what is this a game? software? malware? Minecraft explained, that’s what we are trying to do here. Let’s see what good ol’ Wikipedia has to say about it:
Minecraft is a sandbox-buildingindependent video game originally created by Swedish programmer Markus “Notch” Persson and now developed by his company, Mojang. In 2011, Jens Bergensten, also known by his pseudonym Jeb, took full creative control over Minecraft.
Minecraft is focused on creativity and building, allowing players to build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3D world. Gameplay in its commercial release has two principal modes: Survival, which requires players to acquire resources and maintain their health and hunger; and Creative, where the player has an unlimited supply of resources, the ability to fly, and no health or hunger. A third gameplay mode, named Hardcore, is essentially the same as Survival, but the difficulty is locked on the hardest setting and respawning is disabled, forcing the player to delete his or her world upon death. An outdated Classic version is also available for free, although it is no longer being developed. Creative Minecraft resembles Classic, but with many more features.
uhm. okay, that was super helpful, not. Let’s hear what Minecraft has to say about Mine craft:
Minecraft is a game about placing blocks to build anything you can imagine. At night monsters come out, make sure to build a shelter before that happens.
Minecraft is the New Angry Birds
How Many People Play Minecraft?
As of Monday September 10, 2012:
40,461,860 registered users, of which 7,358,630 (18.19%) have bought the game Minecraft
In the last 24 hours, 121,041 people registered, and 15,255 people bought the game Minecraft
Stats as of February 20, 2016:
22,628,078 people have bought the game.
In the last 24 hours, 15,294 people bought the game.
Uhm, yep! Looks like we have another Angry Birds on our hands! And this also means the Minecraft creators are RICH and rolling in money!
Is Minecraft Safe for Kids?
My husband and I are very watchful of what our children play online. Before the kids played Mine craft, my husband had already been playing. He was comfortable with them creating their own accounts and playing online. They all 3 play together at the same time the majority of the time.
I have a few friends who I would consider a lot more stricter than myself that have kids that are our age, that play as well. Our kids are 7 and 9 that play the game.
Let’s throw a Minecraft party! Are your kids addicted to Minecraft? OUR’S TOO! If they were left to their own devices, it would be an all-day Minecraft fest around here. And I KNOW it’s not just our kids. I hear from parents here there and everywhere that their kids are obsessed with this game.
Minecraft Party Ideas
With this huge surge popularity of this game, I keep seeing photos on Facebook and Pinterest of Minecraft parties. With the huge success of our free Minecraft Birthday Invitation – I thought, let’s throw a Minecraft virtual party.
We’ve found a huge collection of Minecraft Party Ideas we can’t wait to share with you.
Free Minecraft Printables
Let’s look at some Minecraft Printables for your party.
Of course, the invite. Every party needs an invitation. I have you covered in this area! Click to download our Free Minecraft Invitation.
We even have an easy-to-use tutorial on how to customize this invitation for free on PicMonkey. Simply print or email the invite, and done! The first step to planning our Minecraft party is complete.
Minecraft Party Decorations
First up on our list on Minecraft party ideas, we have decorations! Let’s look at some fun birthday decoration ideas!
The Over world Deluxe Pack Includes: 1 Creeper, 1 Steve, 1 Pig, 2 Trees, 1 Crafting Table, 20 Grass Blocks, 20 Cobblestone Blocks, 12 Farmland Blocks, 8 Log Blocks, 8 Leaf Blocks, 1 Storage Block, 1 Minecraft Mortar Paper Tape, Stickers Included
Check out this fun assortment of Minecraft Balloons!
Green and Black Balloons and Streamers
Minecraft Birthday Supplies
Here are some various Minecraft Birthday Supplies. From plates to party favors, these will help you throw the ultimate Minecraft party!
Working thru our list, let’s look at some Minecraft birthday supplies. Emerald Green Plates – use the vinyl decals to make these creepers! These are simple but would mix in well with a elaborate table scape.
Minecraft Party Favors
Minecraft Party Favors
Here are some fun Minecraft party favors to give away to party attendees.
Minecraft Rock Candy – this lot from Amazon gives you fun rock candy that are actually jelly beans! The kids will love eating these “rocks” and make an AWESOME Minecraft party favor!
Minecraft Party Vinyl Decals – use these party types of vinyl add-ons for milk jugs, canning jars, green plates (see below!) or boxes.