This is day 8 of my homeschooling with Minecraft series. To catch up on previous topics including math, reading, science and even Shakespeare, see 10 Days of Learning with Minecraft.
Have you explored the Wonders of the World with your child yet? This is a fun way to bring a little history and architecture to your child’s Minecraft game! For this study, you can choose to study the wonders of the Ancient, Medieval or Modern World.
Start by taking a video tour of the wonders of the world:
Then take a look at how others have recreated the wonders of the world in in Minecraft. This video features structures from various eras (not just the ancient world).
Is there one structure in particular that your child is interested in or inspired by?
Look at each structure, discuss the time period, locate it on a map of the world, bring it up on Google Earth to see exactly how it looks today. Talk about the people and cultures that created these amazing buildings and see where it leads you!
If your child is interested in learning more about the Ancient Mayans after seeing the pyramid at Chitzen Itza, help them dive into learning about that culture.
Are they intrigued by the legendary Hanging Gardens of Babylon? Learn about the stories and theories about how and why the gardens were created. Where was Babylon? What country exists in that area now? Here is a short video that tells the story of how and why the gardens were built. This would make a fun Minecraft project for younger kids. There is plenty of room for interpretation and creativity while creating the garden.
Have your child pick a favorite wonder (or two) and recreate it in Minecraft. Some of these will be very challenging, but there are mods available to help you build and explore certain structures.
To finish your study, take a look at the 7 New Wonders of the World, which represent a more global heritage, as voted on in 2007. Many of them are repeats from the traditional list.
Helpful Links for studying the Wonders of the World:
- The 7 Wonders of the Ancient World
- The Wonders of the World – a complete list.
- Photo Gallery: 7 New Wonders vs. 7 Ancient Wonders
Do you have any additional ideas or suggestions to share? Tell me in the comments section!
This is Day 8 of 10 Days of Minecraft Learning. Looking for more great ideas for your home, homeschool and life? Check out the rest of the 10 Days Series on a variety of topics at the iHomeschool Network Hopscotch!