When I was a child (I am so not telling you how many years ago that was) everyone I knew seemed to have a Rubik’s cube at home.
We had one, which I never did get the hang of, but the weird thing was it never stopped me from trying. I think possibly because the satisfaction of managing to do something so hard must feel pretty amazing. Things you work hard for are always more satisfying in my eyes.
This is something that we try in instil in the boys at home. They don’t just get given pocket-money and treats all the time, they ‘work’ to earn them and save up for them – obviously I do treat them sometimes I’m not quite that mean. The things they work for though, I feel that they appreciate more. and by work I mean helping out around the house, getting all of their spellings right at school or receiving merit marks there etc and more.
The concept of the Rubik’s cube is the same to me, it may be really hard to do, but that sense of achievement outweigh that. We have a Rubik’s cube in our house now, as I was sent one to review recently.
I was excited for it to arrive, even though I’ve discovered I am still rubbish at doing them! I’ll keep trying though, and the boys haven’t put it down really since it arrived. I love how it’s keeping their minds busy as they try to think of solutions and paths to take with it, unlike their electronics where they spend time watching mind numbing videos.
They do however now think that Simon is some sort of cube genius, as they came down stairs to discover he had ‘solved’ the puzzle of the cube and it was returned to its original state. He didn’t solve it at all (see Si I said I was going to tell on you….), in actual fact to wind the boys up he found a site online where you select exactly what colours are where on each side of your cube and it tells you how to solve it.
Disgraceful ha! I purposefully didn’t look at the website address of the cheat page, as that’s not what it’s about for me. I’m determined to master the Rubik’s cube on my own, though I suspect a smug 9 or 11-year-old will get there before me! If you want some tips rather than cheating though Rubik’s have helped out with a Guide to the Rubik’s Cube.
If you also want to see some videos of smug people solving the cube….sometimes even with their feet, then search for Rubik’s cube on YouTube.
A Rubik’s cube is a simple but genius idea, which I can see being in homes everywhere again soon. It’s made me all nostalgic this week thinking of my youth – now I just need some Pogs, a Polly pocket, a Push Pop and some Sunny Delight and I will pretty much be feeling 10 again.
You can buy various different Rubik’s cubes directly from Rubik’s, but they are all over the place in shops at the moment so keep an eye out as well if you want to buy someone one this year for Christmas, as an excuse to try it again yourself.
*I was sent a Rubik’s Cube for the purpose of this review, but all my thoughts are my own and I have not been bribed with sweets of any kind – unfortunately*
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