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    My 4yr old has discovered Minecraft on the tablet.
    I set time limits (eg: 30min after kinder). But he cries (like hysterical) when his time is up and could play it for ages. A few times he's played in the car while on a long drive or on the weekends.
    What exactly is good/bad about this game?
    I'm not sure if I should delete the game / ban it.
    It seems so popular (figurines in shops and Minecraft Lego).

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    Regardless of the game, if my kids cry/protest/whine/whinge/sulk/tantrum/stomp/backchat/delay when asked to stop playing, they're not allowed on it the next time, and are reminded why. Nip that behaviour in the bud!

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    The game is amazing but at that age I'd say it's more that he just likes being on the tablet. My eldest plays it extensively and builds houses farms etc and I know when I say to turn it off she'll often want to finish what she's building before we turn it off. So now I give her warnings about when it's going to go off so she doesn't start a battle or creation that she can't finish in time.

    I honestly doubt though that at 4 he's doing that. It sounds like he just likes playing it and doesn't want to get off.

    It is a very addictive game though.

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    My eldest started playing it sporadically at 4. He is about to turn 6 now and he can do so much on it. He doesn't get to play it often but when he does, it's with DH so he just stops when hubby stops. Never really had any dramas. I like the engineering, physics, maths, mechanics etc side of it. He does all the stuff with red stone(?) and makes all these things happen and it blows me away a little.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CMF View Post
    Regardless of the game, if my kids cry/protest/whine/whinge/sulk/tantrum/stomp/backchat/delay when asked to stop playing, they're not allowed on it the next time, and are reminded why. Nip that behaviour in the bud!
    Yeah he'll winge for 2min then he is over it :-)

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    Is the a recommended amount of time for a 4-6yr old? (Me eldest is 6).
    I don't want to be damaging their brains or social skills :-p
    They do enjoy real toys like Lego etc, but on school holidays they just love playing minecraft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebecca79 View Post
    Is the a recommended amount of time for a 4-6yr old? (Me eldest is 6).
    I don't want to be damaging their brains or social skills :-p
    They do enjoy real toys like Lego etc, but on school holidays they just love playing minecraft.
    No idea. Would depend on the child to a degree. Some kids can't cope with a short amount of screen time whereas others are fine.

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    My 4 year old plays it. And loves it too, he's just starting to build his own houses and farms. Not to extensive but he can do it, my 2 year old also plays it but just digs olds and spawns cows, pig and sheep

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    My 4yo is obsessed with it. It's quite incredible what he builds and creates and how fast his little fingers move to create things. I have read that if a kid is going to play a game Minecraft is ok as it is self-determined...you have to "earn" what you create.
    I have however had to ban it on weekdays as it he was throwing tantrums if he wasn't allowed to play. So now weekends only, for limited periods of time


 

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