Did you know that back in the summer of 2014, when my coworker and I first started offering a Minecraft program, we initially planned to offer Minecraft crafts along with the computer game? We had thought that kids would naturally migrate between playing on the computer and doing a fun craft. And we were so. dead. wrong.
(Granted, we had also thought that offering the program once a week every other week would be sufficient. We were dead wrong there too.)
For the past two years, I have more or less kept the Minecraft craft idea on the back burner. Kids just weren’t interested in crafts when there was Minecraft on the computer in front of them.
But then I thought…hey, what if I offered this program on a different day and time than our usual Minecraft program? And what if I advertised the program as being just crafts with no computers at all?
Well, it turns out that kids are interested in Minecraft crafts. (Just as long as there’s no computer to distract them.)
Here’s what I did:
Paper Folding Minecraft Creeper:
Children cut out the template, fold in the appropriate areas, then tape it all together. This was a slightly time consuming and a little bit difficult craft. Most kids did just fine, but there were a few kids who really needed help with this one.
P.S. You’ll notice that I have glue sticks in the picture. Glue sticks don’t work so well. Use tape.
Minecraft Creeper Wristband:
Bright green duct tape (pre-cut)
I had all the duct tape pre-cut so that kids wouldn’t have to use adult scissors. To make the wristband, kids placed one piece of duct tape on top of another piece of duct tape. They then used permanent marker to draw their designs. Lastly, they added velcro to the ends of the wrist band (one piece of velcro on one side, and the other on the other side).
This one was slightly easier, though some kids did have trouble handling the duct tape.
Minecraft Coloring Pages:
I added this at the last minute when I realized that both of the other crafts are more for older kids, and I wanted to have something that young kids could do too. I did have a few 3 and 4-year-olds show up to the program, so it was nice to have this available for them.