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Made for Minecraft lovers who want to mod their world, our Mod Creator for Minecraft lets you create and share your own Add-Ons, skins, and mods. You can also remix and use millions of skins, blocks, items, mobs, mods, and Add-Ons created by the Tynker community.

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With Mod Creator, you can save and import your own Minecraft skins into Minecraft. Build anything you want: your own custom world filled with blocks like cake and pink sand, or items like lucky blocks, rainbow swords, and magic potions. You can even design mobs like colored sheep, rainbow chickens, and textured horses.

Design your own skins, mobs, items, and blocks! Download Mod Creator here.

Change Mob Behaviors with Block Coding

Use block coding to create custom mobs such as a thunderbird, a three-headed wolf, or a unicorn! With the built-in 3D editor, you can create custom mobs with extra parts and shapes. Even coding beginners can learn to define mob behaviors and change default behaviors with easy visual programming.

Define mob behaviors and change default behaviors in Mod Creator.

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You can change the weather, set the time, and even teleport within your Minecraft world using Mod Creator. Build mini-games like Tetris and Alien Invaders, or generate cities, roller coasters, and complex ancient pyramids!

Build an ancient pyramid out of any type of blocks! Download Mod Creator from the App Store.

Remix from the Community

One of the coolest features of Mod Creator is a gallery of creations from the Tynker community. Users have already created more than 6 million creations – including Deadpool skins, unicorn blocks, and ninja chicken Add-Ons! From the community tab, you can remix your own versions of the creations that other users have chosen to share.

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Deploy to Minecraft Immediately

Mod Creator is compatible with Minecraft on Windows 10 and iPad. If you have Minecraft on your iPad, you can immediately deploy your creations directly from Mod Creator. Just click on the arrow in the bottom right corner of your screen, and choose “Copy to Minecraft.” When you create a mob, you may be asked for permission to copy your new mod to the Minecraft app.

From there, open Minecraft. You can find the Add-On section under “Settings” in each of your worlds.

  1. Open “Settings” for the world that you want to install the resource
  2. Enable cheats in your world
  3. Under “Resource Packs,” install the Add-On Resource Pack for this Add-On
  4. Under “Behavior Packs,” install the Add-On Behavior Pack for this Add-On
  5. Use “/summon llama” to spawn your llama, for example

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A woman walks her child to school as he is dressed as a character from Minecraft in New York October 31, 2014. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)

The popular build-and-survive video game Minecraft could very well be the most surprising tech success of this decade. Created in 2009 by programmer Markus “Notch” Persson, expanded by a small team, and advertised mostly by word of mouth, it now has more than 100 million users. To drive home its success, Microsoft bought the game a few months ago for a staggering $2.5 billion.

I’m sure you’ve heard many kids, teens, and adults in your life talking about Minecraft. Here’s why that might be a good thing, and how to keep it from turning bad.

1. It builds creativity

I’m a huge fan of Lego. My son and I have spent hours building the model on the box and then taking it apart and making whatever else we wanted by rearranging the parts. Minecraft gives kids the same creative freedom, but it’s easier on your bank account. Plus, you’ll never step on a loose piece barefoot in the dark.

If you haven’t played or seen it, Minecraft is a very blocky world in that everything is built from blocks. The ground is made up of blocks, trees are blocks, and even your character avatar is very blocky. You get progress in the game by scavenging or mining blocks of various materials such as stone, wood, lava, etc. You use these as the basis for your creations, or combine them in “recipes” to create more advanced materials, tools and objects.

Some of the things Minecraft players have built are truly staggering: massive vehicles, intricate skyscrapers, working analog computers, and even the entire country of Denmark exactly to scale. Click here to see it.

There are also game modifications, or “mods,” that add more advanced items like robots, nuclear reactors, and a whole range of high-tech real-world materials. If you can think it, you can probably build it on Minecraft.

2. It teaches real-world skills

One overlooked value of most strategy-based video games is resource management. The player has a finite amount of resources at any given time and needs to decide wisely how to use them most effectively.

Do you use that wood block now to upgrade your ax for mining, or save it for the house you’re building? Do you spend your time mining or exploring for new resources?

Even if they don’t realize it, kids are learning cost-benefit analysis, such as when to save versus when to spend and other key budgeting and financial skills that are so important later on in life. Of course, they might need you to help them make this connection.

Kids learn patience with Minecraft. It takes a while to assemble the resources you need, so instant gratification isn’t an option. Any adult who has ever saved up for a car or a house down payment knows that patience is important.

Kids learn perseverance through the game. For instance, your child might not build that amazing monument correctly the first time it comes tumbling down under its own weight. They can learn how to recognize where they made mistakes and try again.

Kids also learn about teamwork. While Minecraft can be played solo, it also has online options. Given that it is online, kids can play with others from around the world. They can team up and learn how to work cooperatively to make amazing things. That also builds pride in cooperation with others.

Of course, they might also learn how to deal with people who don’t want to play nice. This is where parental monitoring is essential. If you want your child and friends to be able to play together, but not worry about strangers, you can set up a dedicated Minecraft server. It isn’t as hard as it sounds, and it lets you set the rules and who can play.

Before your kid does anything online, however, whether it’s Minecraft, Facebook, or just basic browsing, have them read and sign my 10 Commandments for Kids Online. It’s a great starting place for speaking with kids about what is and isn’t acceptable online, and how to recognize dangers.

3. Kids can play anywhere

Unlike high-end video games that only work on certain systems or require expensive hardware to run, Minecraft works just about anywhere. It runs on computers, smartphones and tablets, most video game consoles, several handheld gaming systems, and more.

That means you can give your kid a free hand-me-down or inexpensive older gadget and they can go to town. Or you can let them jump on your smartphone or tablet while in the car or running errands to keep them occupied.

4. It’s kid friendly

Violence is a big complaint with video games. Sure, older video games were violent but the graphics were so cartoonish and crude it wasn’t the same as gunning down the highly detailed, lifelike characters found in modern games.

Minecraft does have some fighting elements to it. You have to fend off “mobs” of monsters but the graphics are blocky and bloodless, like an old-school video game.

For concerned parents of younger kids, Minecraft also features a “Peaceful” mode. This is the easiest setting and turns off all enemies. It also makes it nearly impossible to die, so you can just explore and build.

5. Fun for the whole family

I’m always a fan of parents playing video games with their kids. That way, you’re right there to monitor the game, teach them to be good sports, or shut it off when their time is up or when they start melting down. Plus, there are plenty of fun video games that you might genuinely enjoy. The LEGO series, for example, is very clever and not too difficult.

Minecraft is another fun one. You can sit next to your children and give them advice, or create your own character and jump into the game using a different computer or gadget. I know a few families who have Minecraft night and everyone joins in to work on a fun in-game project.

The one bad thing: Minecraft isn’t all roses and sunlight. I already mentioned that playing online can lead to encounters with strangers who might not be that nice. The detailed replica of Denmark I mentioned at the beginning struggles with constant visits from spoilsport players who want to destroy it.

Even worse than that, however, is that Minecraft like any other game or Internet service can become addictive. You might find that it’s all your kid wants to do. My son Ian and his friends talk about the game non-stop and I have to put strict limits and conditions on how long he can play each day.

If you suspect your child is suffering from an addiction to Minecraft, or the Internet in general, check out reSTART. You can take a revealing quiz, get insightful articles on the dangers and find links to treatment centers and therapists who can help.

If you aren’t sure how long your child is spending playing Minecraft, the RescueTime program and app can tell you exactly where your child’s time is going. It might show there’s a problem you didn’t realize.

I’ve rounded up a collection of Minecraft survival house ideas and tutorials.

If you’re looking for survival houses and more, you’ve come to the right place. Where possible, I’ve included a link to the YouTube video tutorial.

1. How To Build a Simple Survival House

Not only does this survival house by SheepGG look awesome, but it’s actually pretty simple to build. The creator of this house has provided a great tutorial showing you how to build this simple survival house. Watch the Survival House YouTube tutorial.

2. Medieval Gatehouse

This medieval gatehouse by squaremario_minecraft uses the following: Shaders: BSL v7.2 (BitGardener’s settings) Textures: Default.

3. Modern House

This modern house has a great exterior; however, if you check out thenetheriteguy, you can see that it has a fantastic interior too.

4. Hot Air Balloon House

Blockdown Builds creates some of the most unique Minecraft builds. This hot air balloon house is no exception.

5. Archery Range

If you’ve been considering an archery range, use this amazing build by boythesurvivalbuilder for reference.

6. Small Medieval House

If you would like to check out the interior of this small medieval house, check out daxar123_builds on Instagram.

7. Decorative House

Here’s a decorative house that you can turn into a survival house. Check out daxar123_builds to see the inside of the house.

8. Easy Mountain House

This easy mountain house looks even better when you check out all of the photos uploaded by jackscarecrowmc.

9. Survival Base

This survival base by minecraft.luki7 is perfect for anyone who wants to build something that’s small and still looks great.

10. Farm with Three Levels

Use these farm levels for your survival world. Check out voxpixel to see each farm up close.

11. Multiplayer Base

If you’re looking for multiplayer base ideas, use this build by ExecutiveTree for reference. You can watch the YouTube tutorial here.

12. Windmill

Here’s a simple windmill created by Minecraft Survival Builds. Make sure you check out the windmill from different angles.

13. Map Room

Create a map room for your survival base using this photo from minecraftsurvivalbuilds as your reference.

14. Mountain Starter House

If you’re looking for a unique build, try this mountain starter house. Check out jacksscarecrowmc to see the entire house.

15. Modern Hobbit Hole

This cozy hobbit hole is made from quartz and terracotta. Check out executivetree to see the interior.

16. Light Tower

I’m loving this light tower that’s perfect for survival mode. You can find out the details by checking out gameeobuilds.

17. Survival Brick House

This survival brick house is so simple and would look great. Check out SheepGG on YouTube for the video tutorial.

18. Large House Design

If you’re looking for a cool house design, check out this build from
spikeybuilds.

19. Oak Survival Farmhouse

SheepGG has a YouTube tutorial on how to build this oak survival farmhouse.

20. Survival Tree House

This survival tree house includes all the essentials you’ll need. Make sure you check out Zaypixel on YouTube for the full video tutorial.

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Minecraft Creative Mode can really bring your imagination to life. With a limitless supply of interesting blocks, each with their own special rules, the possibilities are almost endless. Players have used to creative mode to make everything from working redstone computers to replicas of Star Trek’s Enterprise.

Whatever your project, you’ll have to exercise your design and creative muscles along the way. Careful use of space, visual touches, and scale will ensure your project’s success. Here’s 10 ideas to try:

1. Create Pixel Art

Pixel art is just what it sounds like. Art made of pixels. Take something complex and capture its bare essence in just a few blocks. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. With the right touches, a few pixels can be too.

    Build Challenge: Think of something really big. Try to make a tiny pixel version of it. See if others can guess what you built.
    Sketch it out: Try using graph paper to draw or trace your pixel art creation. You can print it out, or even use an online tool like google slides to overlay the transparent graph paper over an image you want to make pixel art of.

2. Make a Ship

Making a ship in Minecraft sounds like a simple task. But what about the daunting task of picking a type of ship to build? Pirate ship, cruise ship, space ship, dinghy and a thousand more options. What kind will you make?

    Come Up With A Story: Sailing across the oceans or cruising beyond the atmosphere is often a long and dangerous journey. What’s so important on the other side? Are your crew explorers? Traders? Pirates? What can you include on and in your ship that tells your crew’s story?

3. Put on a Play

After you’ve built a theater it’s time to put on a play. You will have to first decide on characters and a story. You can write down the dialog before starting, or try roleplaying your way through the play with a friend. You can even try acting out plays or scenes you’ve seen elsewhere.

    Try Role Play: Try using the Minecraft world as a stage for role playing. Role players act out a person or a character. You could do anything from giving a lesson as a teacher to going on an adventure as a knight. What story will you tell through your characters?
    Put it on Video: Once you’ve mastered the arts of the theater, try recording your play using OBS or other recording software

4. Make a Roller Coaster

Minecraft rails aren’t just good for moving between Survival Colonies, they make great roller coasters, too. Here’s a few ideas to spice up your roller coaster:

    Breathtaking views: No Minecraft coaster would be complete without inspiring views. Whether looking out at nature or over your own creations, make sure you give your riders a breathtaking view.

    Redstone Rails: Detector rails give off a redstone signal whenever a minecart passes over them. Use detector rails to add redstone contraptions to your roller coaster.
    Transport: Why not have your roller coaster server the extra purpose of transport? As you’ve built more projects in your world build a coaster ride that will show them all off.

5. Make a Spooky Minecraft Dungeon

Create a spooky dungeon and challenge your friends to conquer it. You can add mobs, puzzles, parkour, redstone traps, and more to your dungeon. Don’t forget about lore and loot. Go get’em, dungeon master.

    The Maze: Build a maze into your dungeon. Be sure to include some windy hallways as well as larger rooms that lead in several directions. Make sure to add a little bit of flavor and decor too.
    The Secret Passage: Build a piston door and attach it to a lever, pressure plate, or button. Repeaters can delay the signal, turning that part of the dungeon into a timed challenge.
    The Item Unlock: Pick a special item that will unlock the dungeon. It could be an item that will activate some redstone, like an arrow that will press a button on the wall. Hide the item in the dungeon and design your dungeon so you need the item to get out.

6. Knit a Sweater

Why not knit a Minecraft sweater? Test out your new sweater design in Minecraft before knitting it for real.

    Seasonal wear challenge: Try making a new Minecraft outfit for yourself for each season. Start with your winter sweater and add an outfit for the spring, summer, and fall too.
    Host a fashion show: Invite your friends and have your very own fashion show. Pick a theme, anything really. Cute dinosaurs. Fall in Paris. Argyle scarves.
    Make it for real: Try knitting your sweater, scarf, or dinosaur for real.

7. Design a Fireworks Show

Design your very own Minecraft fireworks show! There are many types of fireworks to choose from—check out a fireworks crafting guide for help. Add some extra spice to your fireworks show by:

    Using redstone: Fireworks can be shot out of dispensers. Use redstone to create intricate, timed fireworks shows.
    Adding music: Add some music to your show with a jukebox or some note blocks. Put in music that is related to different countries, for example,. If you are using red and yellow, that’s like the China Flag. You can even look up Chinese music to go with it. If you are using blue and white, that’s like Greece—look up Greek music!
    Setting the scene: Pick your location and time of day for the best show. Typing /time set dusk sets the time to dusk. You can use /time set to get night, day, or dawn as well.

8. Carve a Minecraft Pumpkin

Try carving your own Minecraft pumpkin. Or make Minecraft holiday cookies. Or a Labor Day parade. Whatever the upcoming holiday, celebrate it Minecraft style.

    Santa’s Workshop: Make all the Christmas decorations and characters. Santa, the reindeer, elves, presents, a tree, and more. What says Christmas most to you?
    Celebrate the Seasons: Start your next creative build or survival base in the biome most appropriate for the season. If there’s snow on the ground, find some tundra. Celebrate the winter inside and out with snowball fights, snow sculptures and more. What will you do in the spring?

9. Send Your Friends on a Minecraft Adventure

Adventure maps are a popular category in Minecraft. Start out by downloading a few and trying them for yourself. Make sure to include some lore for your eventual adventurers.

    Otherworldly adventure: Create a new world for your adventure. But rather than using the default settings, dig a little into the custom settings. Create a fantastical setting for your adventure. You may want to start with just biome. What crazy world will you make for you adventure?

10. Make a Movie Set

Pick your favorite movie and remake a scene from it in Minecraft. Try to pick a movie with a unique style so it will really stand out.

    Movie set challenge: Create your own movie set for your own futuristic science fiction type of adventure setting. Think about what makes your movie set more exciting than the next movie set and why your movie would sell out completely!

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