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.

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 

Skrafty Homeschool Minecraft Classes: Reviews and Giveaways

SKrafty Reviews and Giveaways


It’s back to school time, and for homeschool families – that means gathering curriculum, planning and finding new ways to inspire  kids in their studies.  SKrafty Homeschool Minecraft is the perfect way to add the fun and inspiration you need. This fall, the class line up is spectacular! If you need homeschool math, science, bible, history, language arts or more . . . you are in for a treat.  Using some of your favorite homeschool curriculum companies (including Apologia Science, Mystery of History, and A+ Interactive Math) you’ll learn to incorporate Minecraft projects into your family homeschool.

SKrafty Classes

See all the new classes SKrafty has to offer HERE 

Find out more about the fully monitored SKrafty Minecraft server where it is safe for your family and children – and get whitelisted for FREE right HERE.  SKrafty is specially designed and the rules are constructed to encourage good sportsmanship – with no griefing allowed, no bad language or ugly talk, and no sharing of outside links to protect your children. See a full list of rules HERE.  What other parents are saying about SKrafty Homeschool Minecraft: 

“Since starting Skrafty my son has blossomed. His typing has gotten a lot better. School work is not a chore any more I just give him the list of what needs to be done and he does it. He finds the lessons entertaining and engaging and he loves the activities that go along with them. We are all very grateful for Skrafty.” ~ Cheryl J.

“My son enjoys playing on Skrafty with other kids and I love that it is a safe, moderated Minecraft server! While playing on Skrafty he has learned creative building, developed critical thinking skills, made friends, and learned to be a team player. The classes have been fun and the reading program has encouraged him to read more than ever. Skrafty has been such a blessing to our family!” ~Julie B.

Special needs learning:

“Skrafty has been a huge blessing to our family! My son with dyslexia is not only learning but enjoying learning!!!! His reading and writing have developed more with Skrafty than any other program we have used. The classes are engaging because they are so hands on and truly turn learning into an adventure.  I so highly recommend Skrafty!” ~ Caroline D.

Affordable:  Extremely affordable classes (between $6.99 – $32.00) make it easy to add creativity and excitement into your education at home. Sign up HERE for live classes or self-paced classes and begin your journey into the world of homeschool Minecraft with SKrafty.

Giveaway Companies – Multiple Winners!

SKrafty Giveaways    Check out all the wonderful companies and prizes you can win for your family homeschool:

   3 SKrafty Fall Classes – Value up to $32 each – Kristi Cramer

Mystery of History  Volume 1,2, or 3 & Super Supplemental – Value $150 – Tracey Masters

A+ Interactive Math – Family Package for 3 Students – Value $450 – Jenn Hoskins

Adventures In ChildRearing – Wildlife Adventures bundle- Value $27.99 – Nancy Sue Bevis Phillips

We Choose Virtues – Homeschool Kit – Value $98.99 – Lisa Saxberg

Sidetracked Sarah – Crockpot Freezer Meals 3 pack – Value $8.97  – Melanie Comello

Moore Family Films – ABC Say it With Me – Value $15.99 – Cheryl Booth Rogers

Not Consumed – Back to School 4 Pack – Value $12.50 – Susan Rogers Yearick

Teach Them Diligently – Family Pass to 1 Convention – Value $65 – Maria Baker

Homeschool Adventure Co. – Philippians in 28 Weeks – Value $18.95 – Nicole Gabrielle

Media Angels – Homeschool Moms Rescue Set – Value $9.99 –  Leah Hawkins Mcmunn

A Journey Through Learning  – Math Lapbook Value $15.00 – Corynne Gunter

Dave Ramsey  – Financial Peace Jr. – Value $24.95 – Tammy Cordery

Educents – $75 Gift Certificate! – Adena F


Congratulations to the winners – All listed above – You will be contacted by email from the Vendors 



Enter with 1 entry or enter with them all:

Giveaway open through Monday – winners announced on Tuesday!

If Rafflecopter isn’t showing up – just click on the link to enter:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Entrants will be contacted by vendors  via newsletter -see disclosure

Reviews by homechool moms:

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 

*affiliate links may be present

SKrafty Scheduled Maintenance Downtime Wednesday 8/13

SKrafty Hub

Wow, what a summer!  We have had such a great time on SKrafty with record breaking numbers online.  Every day for the past several weeks we’ve had over 100 concurrent players at a time.  It’s been absolutely lovely, hasn’t it?

With that said, I wanted to let you know about some upcoming downtime so you won’t be wondering what happened.  Tonight (8/13) around 7:00 pm CST we will be performing some necessary maintenance on SKrafty.  That will require a bit of downtime, but we’ll be back up as quickly as possible.  I don’t have a specific time, but I’ll announce it once we are back up on here and on the facebook group.

Are you on the SKrafty facebook group yet?  Join us here:

SKrafty Minecraft Facebook Group

Jedimaster Donation Rank Changes

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We are so thankful to the donators that make SKrafty, the Family Friendly Minecraft server a possibility.  We could not do it without you!

I wanted to post this to let you all know about some changes we have made to the Jedi Master Donation Rank.

Why are we making these changes?

As you may have heard, on June 12 of this year Mojang made some changes to their existing end user licensing agreement (EULA) which outlines how servers are able to operate. These changes will take affect on August 1, 2014.

This has forced us at SKrafty to make a few changes in order to be in compliance with the new specifications. The biggest change is that servers can only provide cosmetic perks for donators rather than game play affecting perks.

Why did Mojang do that?

The main purpose for the changes to the EULA is to prevent servers from becoming “Pay to Win” servers, and giving players unfair advantage in exchange for real money. This has never been a problem at SKrafty, and we have always advertised that our JediMaster Perk does not give an unfair advantage over users. Because of this we do not have to remove many perks from our jedimaster rank we mostly have to extend a few to everyone. Most all of our JediMaster perks are already cosmetic and provide fun perks for those who support what we offer with SKrafty.

Why do players donate anyway?

Before we talk about the rank changes that we have made I want to highlight for the parents the biggest perk for donating. Many people spend hours upon hours of their time to make SKrafty a top quality server with lots of activities from builds to exciting games with fun arenas while keeping it as family friendly as possible.

This comes at a cost..

SKrafty runs on high performance servers that are highly available with redundancy and a network capacity that would bring a tear to any geek’s eyes. Running a large Minecraft server and managing all the ins and outs with all the in-game and out of game features is a lot of work for a typical Minecraft server.

However we are not just a typical Minecraft server..

We do not only manage Minecraft, Server Hardware, Web Design, Research and Development, uptime, builds, events and backups. At SKrafty we also do many things to manage your child’s experience to make it as kid friendly as possible. We have double chat filters that catch all the bad words possible but it doesn’t stop there. SKrafty Admins and Moderators monitor chat, referee issues, mentor children in integrity, humility, leadership, helpfulness etc..

So, what are these changes we are talking about?

Our approach for resolving this Eula change is not to take away from the donators but to add more cool abilities for the most part.

First of all, we are doing away with the other ranks such as youngling, etc.

The following perks will be removed from Jedi Master and be available to every player:

We have made flying available to everyone on our survival worlds. However only donators will be able to fly in the HUB.
We have made TPA available to everyone on the survival worlds.
We have made all Kits for KitPvP available to everyone. ( we were going to do this anyway )

The following perks will be removed from Jedi Master and not be added back currently.

We did remove /bigtree and /speed for jedimasters in survival worlds. Adding it to everyone could cause more trouble that it is worth.

Now for a list of JediMaster perks

/skull in EZ, EZ2, and Planet SKrafty. – Players will be able to decorate their homes, shops, etc with their own and their friend’s heads. — Trust me, this is standard and is not as creepy as it sounds. It’s like putting their picture on the wall.

/gamemode creative /gamemode survival In Imaginethat and Imaginethat2. – Players can switch from creative to survival and back in the Creative worlds.

/ci in EZ2 EZ and Planetskrafty. – Clear Inventory

10 Homes EZ, EZ2, Planet SKrafty, Arctic Factions and Factions.

/list Everywhere. – Allows players to see who is playing on the same server as them.

Color signs

Hats and /hat command.

5 plots in Imaginethat2


/Enderchest in Arctic Factions, Factions, EZ, EZ2, PlanetSKrafty

/flashlight on/off in EZ, EZ2 or Planet SKrafty


/Backpack EZ, EZ2, Planet SKrafty

FireWork on join – Jedi Masters will always have a grand entrance with fireworks!

/fw (Firework)

Stacking in Hub

/me command access

/near in nonpvp worlds

Access to Paint Gun in hub.

SKrafty Homeschool Minecraft Summer Reading Program

We are so excited to kick off the SKrafty Homeschool Minecraft Summer Reading Program. Players will earn in-game rewards for reading books in the next few months. Here’s how it will work:


You will need to sign up for the program.

Go here to sign up for the SKrafty Homeschool Minecraft Summer Reading Program.


Read!  I will leave it to the parents to decide which books are the appropriate reading level for their students. The books should be challenging, but not too difficult. We do want the students to enjoy reading! For the younger ones who aren’t quite reading yet it’s ok to include parent or sibling read read-alouds in the program.

If you would like some book suggestions there are some great ones on this list:

1000 Good Books List


Earn!  Students will have access to our edu site in which they can enter information about each book read. They will earn badges for each book they read, and also for each build project related to the book.


Get Rewarded in Game!  Badges will be redeemed in game for coins to be spent at the new SKool shop on SKrafty! There will be a shop in the survival worlds as well as in Factions. The shop is coming soon and will include rare and hard to find items as well as frequently needed items.

Note:  All entries will need to be submitted by August 20, 2014.