The seven and five-year-olds like to play Minecraft, of course, and they're good at it, for their age. I like playing Minecraft, too. It's relaxing.
They also watch a lot of YouTube, of course, including Minecraft videos. A couple of weeks ago they saw a video showcasing a sandwich mod. They asked if they could play that mod. I said sure. This was their first interest in a mod, and I was glad it was just the ability to make sandwiches. But upon further inspection, those videos and that mod were really old. So I did a tiny bit of hunting around and found a cooking mod for a more recent version of Minecraft. And while I was at it, I found another mod that adds a lot of different plants and foods to the game. Between the two, it makes for quite the culinary experience.
They wanted to be able to play with the mods together, so I created a modded server for them. And they wanted me to play with them, which is great, so I did. The only problem is they are seven and five, and don't really have a great building aesthetic yet. They also go back and forth between creative mode (where you get access to everything) and survival (where you have to work your way to obtaining things). I prefer to only play survival.
To make it more enjoyable for myself, I tend to build a little bit away from where they've built, as well as go on adventures to find the resources and treasures that will enhance my character. Except I'm like some kind of Minecraft pied piper. They find where I'm building and start building around me. They take up space I was going to use for other things. The five-year-old even moved right into my house and started installing later-game items. They also love giving me gifts, like a stack of diamonds, something I wouldn't normally achieve for a very long time, and even though I don't use them, they're sitting there among my other belongs, tempting me to use them.
It makes me just want to go play in a non-server world and be alone!
Oh, the things we do for our children. :)