With all the stay at home orders in place across the country, and world, parents are struggling to keep their children both entertained and educated. Let look at a few ways to use games to teach some new skills.
Creating vs. Consuming
One benefit that computers and the internet have brought to us is that they have made it easier than ever before to be creators.
The Storm That Is Fortnite
It’s been a few years since a game caught the interest of my family.
I worked in sales at Puget Systems when I began hearing customers mention a game called Minecraft. The simple, blocky nature of the game carried over to the hardware requirements. Minecraft didn’t require a high-end gaming rig. My three oldest couldn’t get enough of building homes, trying to stay alive and setting anything they could find on fire with lava.
Everyone is a Creator
My 12-year old daughter recently returned from a weeklong trip to Boston. Her friend invited her to join their family as they visited various sights around this historic city. They visited an aquarium, several museums and threw tea in Boston Harbor. Her favorite stop was a tour around Old Salem that concluded with a visit to the Salem Witch Museum. Before she returned home, she purchased a number of trinkets for her siblings that included a mini Declaration of Independence she set aside for her old sister.
Minecraft Has Taken Over My Home
On the drive from the kid’s school to our home, we pass through a field of black lava formations on the outskirts of Santa Clara, UT. My daughter asked asked why the lava was black, and before I could say anything my son said, “The lava turns into obsidian when it comes in contact with water.”
Where did he learn that? Minecraft.