In Minecraft, there are many different types of blocks that represent different materials like rock, sand, dirt, wood, or even water and lava! Artist Cat Haines uses photos to help design her custom block textures. Design your own Minecraft block and consider how it could be used to make the world a safer, more caring place.
- Paper block template
- Markers/pencil crayons/crayons
- Glue sticks
- Clear tape
- Optionally, a computer to make a digital version
1. Think about what material you want to design a block for. Ask yourself questions like:
- What is missing from the world of Minecraft?
- What materials, designs, and colours would really allow you to show your personality when building things in the game?
- If things were built from different materials, could it make the world a better place?
2. Pick out the colours you want to use in your block design. Colour in each little square on your paper to make a new block design. Notice that there are going to be six sides to your block when you fold it up. Some Minecraft blocks are the same on every side, and some are not. Think about if you will repeat your pattern exactly on every side, or if it will change on different sides.
Interesting facts about the design of Minecraft blocks:
- Standard blocks are meant to represent one square meter. Some special blocks, like slabs, are different sizes.
- The texture on each side of the block is 16 x 16 pixels.
- Blocks can have special effects like giving off light or particles. Can you think of a way to represent a special effect in your block design?
3. Cut out your block, and fold along the dark lines. Put glue on the tabs and use them to connect the sides of your block together. You may want to use clear tape to help keep your block together too.
4. Want to take this even further? There are lots of tools for designing your own blocks and adding them to Minecraft!
Inspired by how Cat Haines uses Minecraft builds and skins for her avatar to explore her identity, design your own Minecraft skin and think about how you could visually represent yourself in digital spaces.
Supplies: (will vary depending on the version of the activity you choose)
1. Write (or type) out some statements about who you are. You can consider your gender, sexuality, interests, background, experiences, goals, morals and more. Some possible sentence starters include:
- I am . . .
- I believe . . .
- I feel . . .
- I dream about . . .
- I am interested in . . .
- Someday I want to . . .
2. Beside each statement you made, write (or sketch) how you could show that thing about yourself visually. For example, if you wrote “I am interested in bees,” you could choose to use yellow and black or stripes in your design, or give yourself wings, or show yourself wearing a bee print on your shirt.
3. Design a Minecraft skin that uses some or all of the visual elements that you brainstormed. You could either draw one from scratch, use our template, or use an online tool to create an avatar that you can upload to Minecraft! Here are a few options for online skin creators:
4. If you made a digital version of your skin, try uploading it to Minecraft and playing while using the skin. Do you feel any different while playing when using a skin designed to represent who you are? Does this skin change how you play at all?