Sunday, 22 December 2013

Quest #21 Christmas Theme

Christmas Theme
Get into the Christmas spirit and build something with a Christmas theme.
How about a giant Santa, a nativity scene or a xmas tree.

Have a merry Christmas.

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Quest #20 Shopping Mall

Shopping Mall
This quest was suggested by Boston on our Ideas Wall.   
Build a shopping mall or try copy your local mall.  
Included all the shops and entertainment.

Email a screenshot of your mall for the blog.

Friday, 22 November 2013

Quest #19 Jack and the Beanstalk

Jack and the Beanstalk

Jack and the Beanstalk is one of my favourite Fairy Tales because Jack is willing to take risks.
Build a beanstalk from Jacks house to the Giants Castle.

Get some friends together and act out Jack and the Beanstalk in Minecraft.

How high can you go?  Watch a real bean grow in fast time.

You can grow your own beanstalk at home!

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Quest #18 Word Builder

WORD Builder
This week challenge is to build giant words. 
Try show the words meaning by using colours and materials to help explain the idea.

Here are some ideas:
Common Nouns: lawn, water, cow, lava

Feelings: happy, sad, excited, angry

Remember to send me a screenshot of your word and get it on the blog.

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Quest #17 Secret Base

Secret Base
Steve needs a secret base with hidden rooms to plan his zombie attack!

Build a secret base, with hidden rooms, secret doors and traps.

Tips and tricks for building a secret base
- If you break the block behind a painting, it will stay in place and you will be able to walk right through it.
- hide a door button on carved stone
- use a water elevator

Do you have any more good secret based tips?  
Tell us in the comments.

Thanks to Cameron for the secret base idea, and check out his awesome secret base!

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Quest #16 Build a Bridge

A bridge makes it possible to cross from one place to another.
Build a bridge that takes your players on an adventure crossing.
Copy a bridge from real life or create your own.

Learn more about bridges here.  And about different types of bridges here.
Watch this video about bridges to learn more.

Friday, 25 October 2013

Quest #15 Amazing Mazes

Build a maze for your friends to solve.
You can build in any material.  
Traps and monsters can add to the fun.

Why be square?  Build a maze in any shape.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Quest #14 Skin Statues

Skin Statues
Create a giant statue of your own Minecraft skin.
These huge statues including my colossal chicken skin statute, were built by Dr_Evilest on my server.

Here are the basic player block measurements.
Now try make a massive zombie statue, a towering skeleton or an enormous enderman.

Remember to send me a screenshot of your mammoth skin statue for the blog, or leave a comment with a link to your own blog.

Can you make a video or blog to explain to other kids how to do this?
I would like to have your links on this blog post.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Quest #13 Redstone

Redstone is similar to real life electricity but different in other ways. (Wall?)

Your challenge is to get creative with using redstone.  
Can you teach our readers how to build something amazing using redstone?

Trivia: Unlike other minerals, redstone is the only mineral in Minecraft which is totally fictional.  
Check out this glossary for
real life electricity words.   

Learn more: about electricity at Kids Corner.

The Welcome sign in the Creative World on Mindcraft Kids Server, driven by a minecart clock circuit.

This weeks challenge was suggested by Jack and Samuel on the ideas wall, thank you.
Add your Ideas here.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Quest #12 Horses

Horses have been important animals to humans for thousands of years.  They are used for transport, racing, herding and show jumping to name just a few of their uses.

Build any type of Minecraft horse enclosure; use signs to label the different areas for visitors. Remember to sent me a screenshot or a link to your blog of your build.

* Question: What is the difference between a horse, donkey and mule?

Challenge: How do real life horses compare to Minecraft horses?

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This weeks challenge was suggested by Samuel on the ideas wall, thanks Samuel.

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Quest #11 Zoo

Build a zoo in Minecraft.

Zoologists study animals and all parts of their lives, including their habitats, habits and anatomy.
Take a screenshot of your zoo; label it and make it into your zoo map.

Remember to send us your zoo map with an explanation of what creatures are found where, plus some information about them, their features, habitats, behaviours and food.

Are zoos good or bad?    Read these opinions: easy - medium - hardest.

What is your opinion?  Tell us on our wall below.

Monday, 19 August 2013

Quest #10 Treehouse

Build a treehouse, and of course a tree to to hold it.

Minecraft has four different types of trees – oak trees, spruce trees, birch trees and jungle trees.

Challenge: What type of tree is a Minecraft jungle tree in real life?

Here is a poem about a beech tree, how could you add a poem into your treehouse?

Thanks for your awesome treehouse Nicholas.

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Quest #9 Floating Island

Floating Island
Build a floating island.  
A Google image search will inspire you with many different designs.

In The Avatar they had floating islands called the Hallelujah Mountains, and the animation Castle in the Sky has a huge castle on a floating island.

What makes these floating islands able to ignore gravity?  
Try this defying gravity experiment at home.

Please send us a screenshot of your floating island, or photos of your science experiment.
Leave a comment telling us about your experiment.

Here are some of mine on my MindcraftKids server.

Monday, 5 August 2013

Quest #8 Chess

CHESS - the "Game of Thrones" or the game of kings it what chess is sometimes called, because for many centuries it was played mostly by the nobility.

In Minecraft design and build a chess board including all the chess pieces.

Maths Challenge
1. How many squares are on a chessboard?  
2. Can you see the pattern in the results?
In the comments, leave your answer along with a screenshot of your chess board and I will send you the answer.

Maths Challenge based on Mark Warner's maths problem solving ideas.

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Quest #7 Castles

Castle (from the Latin word: castellum)

Last week we designed playgrounds, which got me thinking about bouncy castles . . . my point being everyone loves castles, yet there are so many types to build.

Research castles: Easiest - Easy - Medium - Hard (reading levels)

Castles have some common features designed for different purposes, which will you use and why?

What is are some synonyms for castle?  
Send a screenshot of your castle to telling us about your design.

* Do you want to know how to make a screenshot when playing Minecraft?  Click here.

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