Minecraft Update’s Update and Vital Video Info To Help Our Grandkids

by Kaye Swain

Cool Minecraft airplanes and lovely pink sunset - a delight for the grandkids and the Sandwich Generation granny nannyWhew! My grandkids and I prayed LOTS and got brave and switched back from the plain Vanilla server to the Bukkit option with all the plugins we used to have. The new castle they built in the vanilla world was fine! The old buildings and airplanes they had made in the Bukkit option – before the upgrade – were all fine! And they LOVED the superman plugin I had installed, one hour before everything upgraded and disappeared, temporarily. Definitely a sweet YES to prayer and a win-win-win for this busy Sandwich Generation granny nanny!

Pink is found even in the Minecraft game land - fun for grandkids AND grandma

This is not to say that all is perfect in our "minecraft goings on." One definite concern for us all to be aware of are the rapidly expanding number of YouTube videos, giving step by step help and ideas for working in Minecraft. "Great!" That was my original thought. A positive alternative to TV, right? NOT ALWAYS. Many of these videos are laced with cuss words. Sometimes just a couple, many times a lot! 

I tried typing in "family friendly" AND Minecraft AND videos. That did give us some positive options, including many (though not all) of the Punchwood Island series by Paul Soares. My grandkids love his family's island and his videos. But I did catch some inappropriate language in his newest series. My main advice – watch the videos with your kids and grandkids. Or at least check out one or two of a series before letting them listen on their own. Same as with TV! Also, start your search with GodTube.com first. They don't have as many options, but they do have some.

The videos are a big help to the grandkids to learn how to make some really grand things, like a gorgeous castle with an underground entrance and airplanes up in the sky (now if we could just figure out the plugin that enables some of them to fly :) ).

Last night, we were reading about Noah's Ark. After we finished, I had an "AH HA" moment. I went to YouTube and typed in Noah's Ark AND Minecraft and found several fun looking videos. We watched one and I really enjoyed it. It gave a great visual example of how big the ark was. My grandson seemed a bit intimidated by it as it would be a VERY long and time-consuming project. But maybe next year for him? :) 

How about you? Have you and your grandkids done any building this week – with Minecraft, LEGOs, blocks, or other materials – real or virtual? We'd love to hear. 

Such fun for grandparents - in AND out of the Sandwich Generation - at Grandparents Say It Saturday Linky Party - Do Join in the fun

Beverly's Got tons of cute pink things each Saturday to put a smile on the face of the Sandwich Generation dealing with the issues of caring for the elderly parents and babysitting grandchildren

Fun for grandparents - in AND out of the Sandwich Generation - at Grand Social

Hip Homeschool Hop has great resources for grandparents and grandchildren - especially if you help with their homeschooling

 

Rednesday adds a fun seasoning to the day of the Sandwich Generation caring for elderly parents and babysitting grandchildren

P.S. Are you joining  in the fun of the Ultimate Blog Party 2013? If so, be sure to let us know so we can visit during the party week.  :) 

Kaye

P.S. Thank you so much for your comments. I enjoy them very much and read each one. I also love the grand ideas so many of you share that help and encourage other readers. I do my best to reply to them all but value your patience when that isn\'t possible.

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1 Grandma Kc

We didn’t do any building this week but we did do gardening! Amara, her Mommy and I went to the nursery. Amara planted some pansies and her Mommy got some tomato and pepper plants. 3 generations at the nursery — what a great way to spend an afternoon.
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2 Carol Covin

Angry Birds is our grandson’s favorite video game, when his Grandpa lets him have his iPad. This week, the daffodils he and I planted last fall in the woods in front of our house are about to pop.
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3 jeanne, backyard neighbor

i Kaye, Sadly all of my grands live away from us. However when we did live closer we had lots of grand times that I miss so much. However, they are all teens and in their 20′s. Where did the time go? Enjoy them now Kaye, I know you do. You are a blessing to them and their memories of Grandma will be awesome.

xo, Jeanne
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4 Connie

I have yet to check it out but I wanted to ask you; do you know of any kind of clubs that grand parents have started for their grand kids? Something sort of like Girl Scouts, 4-H and Missionettes all rolled into one? I want to do something like that with my girls but haven’t found any help. I am trying to make it up on my own but I am so busy it would be nice for ideas and help. Thanks for linking with me.
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5 Kaye Swain

Hi Connie, I haven’t heard of that. I help when they do Awanas, volunteer with homeschooling coop when needed, etc. and often meet fellow grandparents doing that. I would think you could start your own group for your grandkids and their friends with any one of those and have it slant towards all three. Bible based girl scout group with a focus on earning badges geared around farming and gardening? Or Missionettes geared around 4 H and service projects? Let us know what you end up doing. We’d love to hear :)

6 Wanda Patsche

Thank you so much for this blog! I have subscribed to the RSS feed so I can keep up to date with your posts. I am REALLY, REALLY experiencing the sandwich generation thing right now. To say I feel spread thin is an understatement. Thanks and I look forward to your posts!

7 Vicki Valenta

No building here, but we did dye Easter eggs together. They made “dirt angels” in a friend’s unplanted flower beds. Similar to snow angels, but dirtier.
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8 Kaye Swain

Hi Wanda, and welcome! It’s definitely not easy but very rewarding – and you are setting such a grand example for your family! :) Blessings!

9 Kaye Swain

Oh how fun Vicki! Messy can be a very good thing sometimes, can’t it? :)

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