Want to incorporate a little screen-free, hands-on learning for your young Minecraft gamer? This simple Minecraft LEGO Grid Game is a fun way for preschoolers to practice counting, one-to-one correspondence and fine motor skills!
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Minecraft LEGO Grid Game
My son loves playing Minecraft on the computer or iPad and while I recognize the game as educational, sometimes some screen-free learning is needed too. I encourage my son to do some hands-on learning by making fun games for him on topics or themes that interest him. Last week I made a grid game using my son’s two favorite things, Minecraft and LEGO!
- 16×16 LEGO basesplate
- Minecraft LEGO set
- 1×4 black LEGO plates
- 1×4 white LEGO plates
How to Set Up:
- Build two playing boards by creating a 9-grid on each baseplate using the black and white 1×4 LEGO plates.
- Then use a Minecraft LEGO set to build some Minecraft blocks or minifigures to use as game markers.
How to Play:
To play this game is very simple for preschoolers! Players take turns rolling the die (we use a 3-dot die) and placing that many Minecraft blocks or minifigures on the grid game board. The first player to fill all the squares on their grid is the winner!
Other Ways to Play:
You can also use one 9-grid game board to play tic-tac-toe! But instead of using X and O, use Minecraft LEGO bricks and minifigures! This would also make a great busy bag, just store it in a gallon size plastic zip baggie. It would be fun to take on outings to doctor’s offices or restaurants to keep your young gamers quiet and busy while you wait!
Are you interested in more learning with LEGO® ideas?
Check out our new book The Unofficial Guide to Learning with LEGO®! In it are over 100 hands-on learning activities from literacy to S.T.E.A.M. using LEGO® bricks!
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