Have you heard of the hot new documentary on Netflix called The Speed Cubers?
Well if not, let me give you a quick refresher (without giving anything away) … it follows two rubiks cuber-solving champions and one of them is autistic. They can figure out the rubik’s cube within sheer SECONDS.
That’s the only teaser I’m going to give you. The heartfelt story is incredible so I do recommend watching it.
So let me get right into it …
I haven’t thought about this 3-D puzzle game since I was a kid. This documentary opened my eyes to the world of rubik’s cubes! These speed cubers will compete in competitions and memorize (on average) over 300 algorithm patterns to solve the puzzle within SECONDS. Unreal.
So this led me down the rubik’s cube rabbit hole …
Hence, how this post was born. 🙂 I wanted to share information about rubik’s cube for kids and breakdown the nitty gritty for you. I’m going to give you the ultimate highlights of what a rubik’s cube is, how to solve the math equation, what age to start playing this fantastic game, and more.
Most importantly, I feel children of all abilities have the opportunity to be exposed to the wonderful benefits of the rubik’s cube.
So without further ado, let’s dive in!
What is a Rubik’s Cube?
As I mentioned briefly before, it’s a 3-D combination puzzle game that came about over 40 years ago.
To give you an exact year, it was invented in 1974 by a brilliant Hungarian inventor and architect professor named Erno Rubik. He invented the cube to teach his architectural students.
After Erno invented his cube, it took him about a month to solve his own invention!
The 3-D puzzle is a cube made up of small colorful interlocking cubes (3 x 3 x 3) that can be manipulated by twisting the horizontal and vertical planes. The cube has six sides made up of nine squares on each side which are colored red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and white.
To start, you will have a random shuffled mess of the cube colors. Then, rotate the sides until you get back to the original solved pattern of each side being the same color.
A lot of kiddos do love this fascinating puzzle game and it continues to be one of the world’s best-selling puzzle games of all time. As an adult myself, this seems overly complicated, I’m not going to lie.
So you’re probably wondering, when can my little one start enjoying the shuffled fun of a rubik’s cube?
What is the Recommended Age for a Rubik’s Cube?
As I’m writing this, Niah (from India) is the youngest cuber in the world. She is 3 years old and has solved 3 Rubik’s puzzles!
I’m sure the twisting and shuffling of the brightly colored cube would be a mesmerizing experience for a little one. Niah is a rare exception to solving the cube puzzle as most toddler’s purely enjoy the vibrant moving square.
If your child is teething or likes to put objects in their mouth, the rubik’s wouldn’t be a good toy option because the stickers can peel off the small squares.
There is a ‘speed cube carbon fiber sticker‘ that is said to be great for kids of ALL ages because it is made of non-toxic ABS material with colorful carbon fiber stickers that don’t fade and are long-lasting.
On the flip side, the recommended age based upon the manufacturer is 8 years old and up. Mostly, because they think a younger kid won’t be interested in the complexity of the game and understanding how the toy works. Plus, it’s not safe for children much younger than that because of the stickers that can peel off.
Now let’s dive right into the fun stuff on how to begin solving this ever-so-complicated brain-teaser …
Before You Solve a Rubik’s Cube, You Need to Know This!
Ok, so what does that mean?
There are different algorithms’s you can master based upon the number of layers a rubik’s cube has. On a personal note, I only thought there was 1 type of rubik’s cube but there are actually a variety you can get!
Let me explain …
- 2 x 2 cube … has six sides (of the colors we mentioned above; red, orange, yellow, green, blue, white) and is made up of 2 squares and 2 layers per side.
- 3 x 3 cube ….has six sides made up of 3 squares and 2 layers per side.
- 4 x 4 cube … has six sides made up of 4 squares and 4 layers per side. See where I’m going with this? 🙂
- 5 x 5 cube … has six sides made up of 5 squares and 5 layers per side.
So these are the most common ‘layered methods’, but the rubik’s can go past a 5 x 5.
Just know the cube will always have six sides it just depends on the number of squares and layers per side to know which method to solve!
So onto the BIG burning question ….
How in the Heck Do You Master a Rubik’s Cube?
There are several steps you will need to walk through on how to solve the complexity of a rubik’s cube.
Hopefully it won’t seem complex after this step by step guideline (which is a GREAT reference provided by www.speedcube.com.au).
Step #1. Master the first layer cross ==> For instructions, please click here <==
Step #2. Master the first layer corners ==> For instructions, please click here <==
Step #3. Now onto the second layer, let’s master that ==> For instructions, please click here <==
Step #4. Master the third layer cross ==> for instructions, please click here <=
Step #5. Master the third layer corners ==> for instructions, please click here <=
Rubik’s Cube Benefits
The brain-teaser game is a wonderful opportunity to sharpen the mind and improve hand-eye coordination.
So let’s dive right into the benefits your kiddo will be exposed to when trying to solve the puzzle:
- Improve concentration
- Process thoughts faster
- Improve finger dexterity and agility
- Learn to problem solve
- Improve memory
- Improve patience
- Keeps the mind active
As you can see, there are awesome benefits to playing with the rubik’s puzzle.
The rubik’s puzzle game is challenging, engaging, and down right FUN (if you have the patience for it).
A child of ALL abilities can enjoy the rubik’s cube in some shape or form.
Whether it’s for the tactile engagement of holding the vibrant colored square, moving it up, across, or down or to master the algorithm equation of solving the brain-teaser … it is an engaging activity to introduce your kiddo to.
In a nutshell, this toy speaks volumes as it continues to be one of the TOP selling toys since the 1980s and is worldwide staple in our toy industry.
One of my top recommendations for a simple book geared towards rubik’s cube for kids is the step-by-step guide “Rubik’s Cube Solution Book for Kids” (which you can see by clicking here). The instructions are made easy, it’s a very colorful read, and simple to follow.
I hope this post added value during your research efforts about the rubik’s cube.
If there are any other activities you would recommend or questions you may have, I’d love to hear your thoughts or feedback. Please comment below. On an end note, if you found this information helpful, please share the love to expose another fellow parent to the wonderful world of rubik’s cube. 🙂
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