A Simple Minecraft Math Activity- Perimeter and Area
I’m not sure if Minecraft is still popular at your house, but it definitely is here! The kids just saved up enough money to buy Minecraft computer version, and they have been really excited to play together during their daily allotted screen time. Of course, that time always ends too soon for their liking, so I thought up a Minecraft math activity to do with them afterwards.
First, print out some grid paper. I used .75 inch paper for this particular example (you can check out classroomjr.com for a wide variety).
Next, I made a creeper.
Then, I made another.
After the buzzer when off and it was time for them to get off of the computer, I invited them to the table for some fun Minecraft drawing.
On the table was a stack of blank grid paper, some crayons, and markers. I also put out my two creepers for them to look at (“hey mom, those are cool!”). As the girls got to drawing, I asked Asante a few questions about the creeper.
“Asante, do you remember talking about perimeter in your class? (He did). Can you tell me what the perimeter of this creeper is? What about the area?” We then did the same for the second creeper I drew. Finally, I asked if he could create a creeper with a different perimeter and a different area from the ones I drew, and I told him I would find the perimeter and area of his (fun for the momma to be the student and him to be the “teacher”).
After our “impromptu” Minecraft math activity, I continued coloring with all of them and Asante worked on making his own characters. An easy way to “sneak” in some math terms to keep them fresh over these three long summer months!