Minecraft IRL Video + Thanksgiving Build Challenge

The boys have been really busy this past week making a new SKrafty Not So Weekly Show for you guys.  Does anyone know why we changed the name from the SKrafty Weekly Show to the Not-So-Weekly Show?  Anyway, this week’s video is really fun.  The guys tried to see if IRL is as easy as Minecraft.  Watch to see what they found out.

Look for a Thanksgiving build challenge for you guys in the video too!

How to Change Minecraft Version

Ever since Minecraft has had the Bountiful update to 1.8 we have had so many players getting an error when they try to get on SKrafty.  That’s because all of our supporting software isn’t ready for 1.8 yet so we can’t update until they are ready.  Until then, if you are getting an error when you try to log in to SKrafty you will want to roll your Minecraft version back down to 1.7.10 in order to get on.

I have been receiving the question “How to I roll back?” daily since the update so I wanted to make a post about it that I can refer our players to.  IMPORTANT:  If you have been playing in single player in 1.8 you will want to change it back to 1.8 before you go back to your single player world or you’ll lose your 1.8 items.

How to Change Your Minecraft Version:

First, you will close Minecraft completely if you already have it open.  Second, double click it to open it back up.  You will see the following screen with “Edit Profile” in the bottom left corner:


Click “Edit Profile”. You will then see the following screen:


Click the drop down and change the version to 1.7.10.  Save Profile.  You should now be on version 1.7.10 and able to log on to SKrafty with no problem.

Pilgrim Hat Marshmallow Pops


Since Thanksgiving is just right around the corner I wanted to share these adorable Pilgrim Hat Marshmallow Pops with you!  They are really very simple to make!  We are so much looking forward to sharing our second Thanksgiving on SKrafty with everyone.  It’s going to be an awesome day of fun and thankfulness!

If you would like to add a little Minecraft to your Thanksgiving celebration be sure to join us for the SKrafty Family Minecraft Thanksgiving Class!

Pilgrim Hat Marshmallow Pops

6 Regular Marshmallows
1/2 cup Dark Cocoa Candy Melting Chips
1/8 cup Yellow Candy Melting Chips
1/4 cup Black Candy Melting Chips
6 Fudge Stripe Cookies
6 Sticks

Heat Dark Cocoa Candy Chips by microwaving for 30 seconds stirring and repeating until melted. Allow to cool for 2-3 minutes.
Insert stick in each marshmallow.
Dip marshmallow in melted candy and roll to coat completely.
Immediately place in refrigerator for 10 minutes to set candy mix.
Dip striped side of cookie in candy and place smooth side down on wax paper and place in refrigerator to set.
Heat Black Candy Chips in small bowl by microwaving for 30 seconds stirring and repeating until melted.
Carefully remove stick from marshmallow. Dip bottom of marshmallow in black candy to create hatband.
Place marshmallow on flat side of cookie to create hat.
Reinsert stick.
Immediately place in refrigerator for 10 minutes to set candy mix.
Heat Yellow Candy Chips in small bowl by microwaving for 30 seconds stirring and repeating until melted.
Transfer Yellow chocolate to small plastic bag and clip very tiny piece of corner to use for piping.
Pipe Yellow Onto fron of hatband to make buckle.
Immediately place in refrigerator for 10 minutes to set candy mix.

New Minecraft Lego Sets for 2014 on Sale Now

Update #2: These lego sets are back up now!!

UPDATE:  As of the afternoon of 11/10/14 it looks like they have taken them down.  I will update here if they come back up.

I know so many of our kiddos have been really looking forward to the new 2014 Minecraft Lego sets!  I just saw this morning that they are now available to purchase from Amazon so I just had to let you all know in case you’re planning for Christmas or birthdays, etc.  These are probably going to be one of the hot toys for this season.


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World Trade Center in Minecraft

Did you know that you could build the World Trade Center in Minecraft?  The news has reported today that the offices of the new World Trade Center will be open for business.  I thought that today would be a very appropriate time to share this awesome build from one of SKrafty’s players.  Skilletman2002 has been working on this for a really long time, and he’s done such an awesome job!  I could say more, but the pictures speak for themselves.  Take a look…



A view from above…


And another view looking at it straight on…

Join this awesome Minecraft builder and more fun folks on SKrafty, the Family Friendly Minecraft server!

A+ Math Meets Minecraft


As many of you already know we have a really fun math class on SKrafty.  Each week we post a math activity to go along with each grade from 1 – 6.  We highly recommend, and have lined up each of the lessons with the lessons in A+ Interactive Math.

Those who purchase this class will receive up to 90% off on A+ Interactive Math -Family Package. Get an entire year of comprehensive math curriculum that uses animated video lessons to teach, includes automatic review, worksheets and regular testing. With the Family Package – you will have access to all grade levels K1-Algebra1, and the ability to move students up and down through grade levels as needed.

1 Full Year Math Curriculum:

1 student - $149.99  $67.50

2 students- $90.00

3 students- $112.50

4 students- $135.00

Those are prices for the family plan, and the discount also applies to the single year, subscription plans and such.  Just add to your cart and click checkout to see your discount.

Minecraft projects will follow along with the chapters in the A+ Interactive Math program. Price for the homeschool Minecraft math is per semester. Once purchased, you will be sent a discount link to buy the math program at the huge discount as listed. “

Purchase your A+ Interactive Math Curriculum here from A+.  Math Discount will show at checkout before you pay.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  The link above is to purchase the A+ Math Curriculum from A+ Interactive Math.  If you’d like to purchase the awesome Minecraft projects to go along with them click here.

Join SKrafty at Teach Them Diligently

SKrafty Homeschool Minecraft

I know I have mentioned quite a few times on here how much I LOVE the Teach Them Diligently Convention. It’s absolutely the best Homeschool Convention that I’ve attended. The atmosphere and the speakers and the people are absolutely wonderful.

We had such a great time at the Teach Them Diligently Convention earlier this year, and so much enjoyed meeting so many of you guys in Nashville, Spartanburg, and Washington, D.C. this year! The kids(and some parents) have been playing together for almost a year now on SKrafty, and it would be so cool to be able to meet some of you!

There are upcoming conferences in Dallas, Atlanta, Nashville, and Ohio.

Interested? I hope so! Teach Them Diligently has a special code for SKrafty members where you can get $10 off your family registration TONIGHT ONLY!

IMPORTANT:  You will need to sign up for the Teach Them Diligently newsletter to get the discount code.

Go here to read more about and register for the Teach Them Diligently Homeschool Convention.

Disclaimer:  This post contains an affiliate link.  Purchasing through this link will help to support our family and SKrafty.

SKrafty Minecraft Young Crafters Math Class Book List

We are so looking forward to the Young Crafters Math class that starts in a couple of weeks.  My 7 yr old twins will be taking this one, and we are really looking forward to it!  I have been a huge fan of using living math books in our homeschool for several years now, and integrating the concept with Minecraft is a major bonus!

If you aren’t sure how it will work then let me explain.  We will read a book with our kiddos each week.  I will post the book list in just a moment right below.  The books are perfect for kiddos in Kindergarten through about 2nd or 3rd grade, and are really fun books that explain math concepts.

Each week there will also be a Minecraft project to go along with the book.  This assignment will match each book perfectly, and will help your young crafter practice the math skill they are learning that week.  The books are easily found at the library, Amazon or another local bookstore.  Following is a list of the books you will need for the class:

Each Orange had 8 Slices by Jr. Giganti Paul

One Hundred Hungry Ants by Elinor J. Pinczes

12 Ways to Get to 11 by Eve Merriam

The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins

A Fair Bear Share by Stuart J. Murphy

Even Steven and Odd Todd by Kathryn Cristaldi

Haven’t signed up yet?  It’s not too late!  Click the link below to get registered for the 6 week class..only $6.99!

SKrafty Homeschool Minecraft Classes

SKrafty Homeschool Minecraft Class Reviews

SKrafty Classes


We have had several requests for those wanting to see how the SKrafty Homeschool Minecraft classes work.  This is the post that so many of you have been waiting for.  We asked several amazing bloggers to check out SKrafty and the classes and let you all know what they thought.  These are in the giveaway from last week, but I wanted to make a separate post for the reviws so they don’t get lost.

Are you ready to see them?  Here you go:

Heidi – Starts at Eight

Supper Mommy To the Rescue

Faith and Good Works

Plannet Mommyhood! 

Chestnut Grove Academy 

I Choose Joy

Adventures In ChildRearing


Tales of a Homeschool Family

Every Bed of Roses

Pea of Sweetness

Multi-tasking Mom

Amy’s Wanderings