ow To Play Minecraft
Upon entering a new world, the two most important things to do are crafting tools and building a shelter, all before the first night-cycle hits. Finding trees and harvesting wood are the first steps towards making tools.
Once you have found a couple trees, use your fist to punch them and collect the wood that drops. To harvest resources, hold down the left mouse button until the cracks in the block cause it to break. Once the block breaks, you can walk near it to automatically place the item in your inventory. Keep punching trees until you have gathered 10 pieces of wood. IMPORTANT: On a multiplayer server, you will not be able to harvest/mine blocks in a 33x33 block radius of the spawning point.
Now that you finished gathering wood, start looking for a place to build your night-one shelter. Keep in mind that your night-one shelter should be a simple covering designed to keep monsters out. High up areas on top of mountains are usually a good pace to build, but anywhere will do.
Once your crafting table is placed, you can open it (right-click it) to reveal a 3x3 crafting grid, similar to the one in your inventory. Sticks are required to build tools, so place two wooden planks in the crafting grid, one on top of the other. Use 6 of your wooden planks to create 12 sticks.