Minecraft + multiplication fact practice = winning. Am I right?
Minecraft is all the rage these days. I mean, even when it’s not all the rage, it’s still all the rage. My kids will play all kinds of games, watch all kinds of shows, but it always comes back to Minecraft. There is just so much to do there! So Minecraft is a pretty good motivator on and off.
I teased about a Minecraft Multiplication game when I put out the Pokemon version…well here it is!
Why Minecraft Multiplication?
The answer is pretty simple – the perfect age for Minecraft and the perfect age to work on multiplication fact practice are about the same!
I believe that kids should learn their basic multiplication facts. It’s not a hard and fast rule. But I do believe it’s worth time and energy.
And I also believe in enticing kids to learn something that might be difficult. One big way I do that is by using something they love (like Minecraft) and creating a learning activity around that item.
So Minecraft Multiplication it is.
If this game isn’t enough practice, have no fear. I have an entire guide on effective multiplication fact practice right here!
Minecraft Multiplication Game Rules
The rules to this game are the same as the Pokemon game. The goal is to collect one of each type of block. There are 10 blocks:
One they’ve all been collected you have to be the first to reach the creeper in the center.
How to Set Up the Minecraft Multiplication Game
There are four player pieces – Steve, a villager, a pig, and a wolf. They all start on their color circle. Each spin can take them 1-4 spaces in either direction. The goal is to go around the board until you land on each type of block and answer the multiplication problem on the back correctly. Each type of block has one fact on it – 3s, 4s, 5s, etc. I did 3s through 12s.
I know I shouldn’t say this, but the blocks are so pretty!!
Once a person has to gather one of each type of card, they get to go up the path and into the middle. The first one to reach the creeper ones!
A spinner is provided. I put a little arrow with it, but honestly, it’s easier and better to use a pencil with a paperclip. The spinner just doesn’t spin quite the same way! I’m finding it less time consuming and less frustrating. The arrow does look pretty though…
One of each card. There are 10 cards – 10 types. It would be easy to play a quick round and just collect 5. If the game is going long people could also start trading. Adjust as necessary!
My idea is just that this would involve a lot of multiplication fact practice but hopefully in a way that they’re still having fun! I think a cooperative version would be fun too. Everyone works together to gather all 10 block types. Something to think about!
The game board is printed on two normal size pieces of paper. I used cardstock just because I wanted it to last a bit longer. Just line up the pages and tape together.
The blocks need to be printed double sided. Unlike the Pokemon game, I didn’t create a black and white version. The blocks simply can’t be recreated with colored paper the same way.