Why Is Minecraft So Appealing to Children With ADHD?

One of the more interesting observations that I have recently made is that the children engaging with Minecraftare increasingly younger. When I first began to hear about children’s interest in Minecraft in 2010 it was only a PC-based game with a predominantly teenage following. As evidenced in the above recent interviews, children as young as six are now regularly playing Minecraft. Part of this is because it’s easy to learn. Minecraft’s “sandbox” nature allows for many different levels of interaction and engagement. Minecraft may appeal to kids with ADHD in particular because of the lack of specific rules, the opportunity to try things without fear of mistakes, and the fact that players can either switch activities as they choose or remain focused on one thing in particular. Minecraft also provides kids with ADHD immediate feedback that goes beyond something being “right or wrong” and allows them to easily make changes, something they might not experience as much in the “real world.”

To learn more about how Minecraft helps build executive functions by checking out our Minecraft Playbook. If your kid is really into Minecraft, be sure to see our post about finding the best online video resources. You’re probably also wondering if kids can really learn from Minecraft. You can also find other games like Minecraft, find out how sandbox games like Minecraft help kids on the autism spectrum, and learn why you should encourage your daughter to play Minecraft. If you’re curious, read about whether kids with ADHD should play video games(we say yes).


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