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Building a Minecraft City: Build Like a Pro!

Building a Minecraft City: Build Like a Pro!

by Sarah Guthals


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The coolest kid-friendly Minecraft projects

If you have a Minecraft fanatic on your hands, you're about to be the most popular adult on the "block." Offering young Minecraft enthusiasts the ultimate sandbox experience, Building a Minecraft City gives kids aged 7 – 11 an outlet to enhance their love of the game and take their creative play to new heights.

Brought to you by the trusted For Dummies brand, this kid-focused book offers step-by-step instructions and simple explanations for completing projects that will teach your child invaluable new skills—all while having a ton of fun! They'll gain confidence as they design and build truly impressive Minecraft structures, and you'll delight in watching them develop and refine their problem-solving skills as they work on their own. It's a win-win!

  • Features a kid-friendly design that is heavy on eye-popping graphics
  • Focuses on three basic projects that set young readers on the road to further exploration
  • Boasts a small, full-color, accessible package that instills confidence in the reader
  • Introduces basic engineering concepts to kids in a way they can understand

Screen time can be as educational as it is fun, and this book shows your child how to approach their favorite game from a new angle to think—and do—outside the box.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781119316411
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 08/19/2016
Series: Wiley's Kids for Dummies Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,132,110
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.27(d)
Age Range: 7 - 11 Years

About the Author

Sarah Guthals, Ph.D, has dedicated her life to coding education. She loves to teach teachers how to use Minecraft in the classroom, and wishes she could teach her cats how to play Minecraft too!

Table of Contents

Introduction 2

About Minecraft 2

About This Book 3

About You 3

About the Icons 4

Beyond the Book 4

Project 1: Entering Minecraft 5

Registering a Minecraft Account 6

Purchasing and Installing Minecraft 6

Playing the Game 8

Logging in and operating the main menu 8

Starting your first game in SinglePlayer mode 9

Understanding basic controls 10

Watching the Heads-Up Display (HUD) 15

Project 2: Prebuilding Strategies 17

Building Different Minecraft Buildings 18

Gathering Materials for Construction: Creative Mode 19

Setting up the inventory in Creative mode 20

Using the Creative mode menu 20

Organizing your materials for Survival mode 24

Obtaining a good inventory in Survival mode 25

Organizing your materials in Survival mode 28

Getting Ready to Build in Portable Edition 29

Getting around the structure 30

Using scaffolding 30

Using ladders to scale your structure 32

Location is Everything 32

Building on fun landscapes 34

Reshaping the landscape 35

Leveling mostly flat surfaces 35

Leveling large structures 36

Wire Framing the Build on Paper 38

Wire Framing the Build in Minecraft 41

Project 3: Building Your Dream Home 43

Building Your First Building 43

Clearing your building site 43

Choosing your materials 44

Building walls 46

Building a ceiling 49

Building a door 50

Adding light 53

Building Your Dream Home 55

Protecting Your Dream Home 64

Thinking about New Designs 66

Project 4: Building Your Own City 69

Planning Your City 69

Choosing a theme for your city 70

Sketching your city 70

Making Space in Minecraft 71

Outlining your city 74

Connecting the paths 75

Starting Construction 77

Building a tall building 77

Making a moat 84

Building a simple house 85

Using Commands to Build 89

Fill command 89

Clone command 90

Playing around with commands 92

Making Your City Unique 92

Project 5: Building City Attractions 93

Fancy Fountains 93

Simple one-block fountain 94

Tall fountains 97

Tall fountains without walls 100

Wide fountains without walls 103

Water Slides 107

Multiple Story Buildings 112

Roller Coasters 117

Rail types 117

The structure 117

The track 119

Making Your City Unique 122

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