Minecraft math

Minecraft is an easy place for math practice. Kids see counting by 3s (when making paper), 4s (making planks), and 6s (when making slabs). They divide stacks of up to 64 items in two regularily. There is plenty of math. Can Minecraft be used for exploring exponents and negative exponents? My eight year old and I wanted to look at that. I proposed that the relationship between wood logs and sticks is 4² because one log makes four planks and one plank makes four sticks, but my son corrected me. It takes two planks together to make four sticks. So Continue reading