What exactly makes Minecraft such an intriguing game to both children and adults? I don't know if I have the perfect answer. The fact that the game allows for such creativity may be one of the reasons. It also inspires our children outside the actual game. They love when I create Minecraft-themed crafts for them to complete such as E for Enderman and R for Redstone. It even encourages trips to sites where people can learn more about mining like Eckley Miners' Village.
Iron ore is an important mineral block found in Minecraft. When smelted, it becomes an iron ingot which can be used to craft tools and armor. In the real world, iron ore or iron minerals range from dark grey, bright yellow, a deep purple to red. None of them actually have the beige color of iron ore in Minecraft.
There are four main types of iron ore deposits:
- magnetite deposits
- titanomagnetite deposits
- massive hematite deposits
- pisolitic ironstone deposits
While iron ore is used directly to make items in Minecraft, in the real world the majority of iron produced is used to make steel. (In some modpacks for Minecraft, players will use iron to produce steel.)
And just what is steel used for? An excellent question to ask your children. Perhaps this will even develop into a great research project! Some of the many uses of steel include the building of automobiles, locomotives, beams for buildings, paper clips, tools, and more.
How to Make an 'I is for Iron' Craft
1. Gather all your materials.
2. Trace a large letter I. If your children are ready, have them cut out the letter on their own.
3. Glue the letter I onto the large construction paper.
4. Cut out small beige colored squares.
5. Glue the beige colored squares onto the letter I to create iron ore from Minecraft.
6. After your project is dry, display proudly in your home.