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If your child has recently delved into the pixelated* world of Minecraft, you might be wondering what all the fuss is about. Fear not, as your resident blogging expert on video games, I’m here to guide you through the basics of Minecraft’s Survival Mode. This post will provide you with beginner-friendly tips to help you understand the game and perhaps even join your kids in their blocky adventures.

Gathering the Minecraft Essentials

4 Wood = 1 Crafting Table!

The first step in Minecraft is collecting basic resources like wood, stone, and dirt. Encourage your child to start by punching trees (yes, you read that right!) to gather wood. They should use the wood they gather to make a crafting table. That will allow them to make basic tools like a pickaxe, an axe, and a sword.

The next thing they should do is craft a Furnace with eight cobblestones and make some charcoal. (You do that by putting logs into the furnace you just made.

8 Cobblestone = 1 Furnace

Building a Safe Haven

As night falls in the game, monsters come out. It’s crucial to build a simple shelter to stay safe. This can be a fun exercise in creativity – it doesn’t have to be elaborate; a small hut will do just fine. You can even just carve out a small alcove on the side of a hill.

Lighting the Way

In Minecraft, darkness is an invitation for trouble. Crafting torches using coal and sticks to light up the shelter and surrounding area is a great way to keep those pesky monsters at bay.

Food for Survival

Just like in the real world, characters in Minecraft get hungry. Guide your child to gather food by farming or hunting animals. Pro tip: cooking food on a fire or in a furnace creates food that will restore more hunger points than raw alternatives.

The Mining Adventure

Mining is a big part of the game (obviously). Encourage your child to dig into mountains and underground for coal and iron, which are essential for crafting more durable and efficient tools. Be careful though. They want to start with simple expeditions a few levels down before they return home. And no matter what they do… tell them not to dig straight down.

Sweet Dreams Are Made of Sheep

Creating a bed in the game is a game-changer. You’ll need three wool (of the same color) and three wooden planks. One crafted, players can use a bed to skip the dangerous nights! The bed also creates a new spawn point in case you get lost or meet an unfortunate end.

Safe Exploration

The world of Minecraft is vast and full of surprises. Remind your young gamer to be cautious, especially when exploring dark caves, and to always carry a weapon and food.

Minecraft is more than just a game; it’s a platform for creativity and learning. By understanding the basics of Survival Mode, you can engage in meaningful conversations with your child about their in-game adventures. Who knows, you might even find yourself enjoying the world of Minecraft alongside them!

Happy crafting and exploring!

* The big blocks in Minecraft aren’t pixels. They are Voxels, but that’s none of our business.

By Stephen Duetzmann

Editor in Chief Founder/EiC EngagedFamilyGaming.com Blogger, Podcaster, Video Host RE: games that families can play together. Editor@engagedfamilygaming.com

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