Category: Games + Gaming

Sponsored Message: The making of the Gameband + Minecraft. And a special Target deal, too.

This a sponsored message on behalf of Gameband + Minecraft If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on the uber popular Gameband + Minecraft for a Minecraft lover in your life, now’s the time. Because when you purchase it at Target, you’ll also get $15 gift card to spend on your next visit. The Gameband + Minecraft, which is even endorsed by Mojang (quite a rarity!), is way more than a simple USB that kids can wear around their wrist so they can take their own Minecraft worlds with them to play on other computers. That’s why they’ve put together this informative how it’s made...

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Minecraft launches the first girl character. And she’s just as handy with a pickaxe or a bucket of lava.

My girls are obsessed with Minecraft. As in, Marble Jar-level obsessed. And yet, for some reason, Mojang hasn’t quite embraced the girls who have embraced Minecraft with any female characters. Until now. Tomorrow, they’re rolling out Alex, the first female Minecraft character who actually looks vaguely female considering the 8-bit animation. Or at least she doesn’t look like like a Steve skin, only with long hair. Alex doesn’t “have eyelashes” which my daughter noticed at a very early age was what defined female animals on cartoons. But she does have reddish hair, which is kind of like her favorite Harry Potter character,...

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Piper: The ultimate toy for budding engineers who love Minecraft. In other words, our kids.

As you can see just from browsing our site, Minecraft and STEM toys rank high on our list of the coolest stuff for kids that’s both fun and educational. So when we heard about Piper, which brings together coding, engineering, and Minecraft all in one cool toolbox, we knew our kids would love it. With Piper, kids connect a Raspberry Pi 2, a powerbank, and a 7″ LED screen to build their own computer, which is all pretty awesome in itself. But the really cool part is that kids can then use Piper to explore and build in a...

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Won’t you be Mine Craft?

If your kids are as obsessed with Minecraft as mine, you will laugh like I did when I saw this Minecraft Valentines t-shirt. Not laughing? Give it a sec. Take your time. You’ll get it. The raglan tee is just available in men’s and women’s sizes (though my girls like women’s smalls to use as night shirts) but you can click “change style” and see youth size options for tees and tanks in several different colors. There are baby onesies too, but wow, I sure hope babies aren’t playing Minecraft just yet. At least wait until they hit 18 months–those zombies can...

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The Simpsons on Minecraft Xbox: Eat my shorts, creepers.

I’m not going to lie that when I heard the news about The Simpsons on Minecraft Xbox, I got more than a little excited. Because even though my kids are completely obsessed with Minecraft, if there was anything that might get me actually interested in it, beyond setting limits to their play time that is, it would be The Simpsons. I mean Homer vs. a Creeper? Awesome. The downloadable content pack for Xbox 360 and Xbox One will have the entire Simpsons family, as well as 19 of Springfield Elementary School’s popular characters from the show, all ready to enter the world of creepers and...

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Sponsored message: Minecraft just got wearable thanks to Gameband + Minecraft

This is a sponsored message from Gameband + Minecraft Your little Minecraft lovers are going to be able to take their favorite game with them wherever they go thanks to the new Gameband + Minecraft, the first ever wearable for Minecraft. Can you hear the shrieks of joy already? The Gameband + Minecraft is one of the few officially Minecraft-licensed products out there, and allows kids play in their worlds on any computer, no matter where they are. It features a heavy duty USB processor and a 140-LED display that showcases GIFs, texts, animations, date and time watch functions and more, all one one durable, splash-proof band. Basically,...

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10 of the hottest 2014 video games for kids that the whole family will love

If you’re planning on grabbing a new XBox One, PS4 or Wii for the kids for the holidays–or maybe just freshening up your existing one with some hot new video games that the whole family can play, we’ve tracked down the very best ones. What we look for is stuff that the whole family can play and that even our little ones can jump in. (Sorry, no Grand Theft Anything here, folks. We’re parents. We get to be parent-like with our video game choices.) Our picks include games that have an ESRB rating of either E for Everyone or...

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Minecraft books for kids to scratch their itch when screen time ends

Not even the biggest die-hard Minecraft fans can live on screen time alone, so when it’s time for them to step away from their favorite game, you could try some of our screen-free Minecraft games, or offer up one of the cool little Minecraft Handbooks by Scholastic in front of them. It’s a great way to get even reluctant readers to devour something in print. The Official Mojang Minecraft Handbooks are a series of four hardcover books dealing with, you guessed it, all things Minecraft. Throughout this series, kids will learn Minecraft essentials, combat, construction, and how to use Redstone, all...

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4 ideas for Minecraft games to play with the kids – without even turning on the screen.

My kids are way deep into a Minecraft obsession. They ask for Minecraft playdates, they’ve built full-size characters out of cardboard boxes, and my 9-year-old daughter talks about marrying the Enderman. She calls him Endy. They’re close like that. The Marble Jar screen time management system that Kristen laid out has been a total lifesaver, and this system-averse mom can totally vouch for it! But while I want to encourage their interest, I can’t listen to 100 conversations a day about the new Minecraft app update. So I started doing what any normal, non-Minecraft playing parent might do: I turned their...

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The educational Osmo game: Reinventing what it means to play with an iPad.

Sure, our kids love to play with iPads like uh, all kids these days, but no matter how educational an app may be, it’s usually a solitary activity. We’ve loved collaborative games made for iPad like Duo Plink  (though the company is sadly no longer) and now there’s the new Osmo iPad gaming device, which just launched today. Osmo is designed to let kids learn and play together as a group using the iPad, but not just using an iPad. Which looks pretty amazing to me. Using a reflective camera that attaches to your iPad at the top and base, Osmo turns physical items in...

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