27 Oct 2017

The 3x3 Rubik's Cube - a Toy that Stood the Test of Time

Can you believe it’s been more than 40 years since the Rubik’s cube was invented!

I grew up playing the Rubik’s cube. More correctly, fighting my brother over ownership of the one Cube we had. It didn’t take him long to crack the puzzle while I struggled to solve it. The next step was trying to better our times.  The competition was intense.

Some things stand the test of time. The Rubik’s Cube is one of them. In a day and age when attention spans are getting shorter, screen times are getting longer and fingers seek to fidget constantly, the Rubik’s Cube continues to endure. It enhances problem solving skills and logical thinking. It improves concentration and focus. It improves dexterity.


The old Cube has since undergone considerable transformation. It now has a brand new mechanism that makes it smoother, faster and more reliable. Gone are the days when it used to come apart in your hands as you attempted a speed record. The stickers have been replaced with plastic, which means no more fading or peeling. It also means bye-bye cheating!

You can buy the 3x3 Rubik's Cube or any of the other Rubik's puzzles from the John Adams shop on Amazon right now:




J and I have had a go trying to unscramble our new Rubik’s cube. I remembered some of the moves I had mastered three decades ago, but not all. One side and one row came back to me easily. But the full cube still evades me. I could cheat and teach myself again from a guide. Or I could persevere and see if I can think through to the solution. I choose the latter.



J too has struggled with the Rubik’s Cube. The child who unscrambles the Rubik’s animal puzzles in seconds, has been flummoxed by the Cube. He is, after all, only 6. He can put together one side at a time and do letters like T, L and J on a side.



Some things stand the test of time. The Rubik’s Cube is one of them. In a day and age when attention spans are getting shorter, screen times are getting longer and fingers seek to fidget constantly, the Rubik’s Cube continues to endure. It enhances problem solving skills and logical thinking. It improves concentration and focus. It improves dexterity.

I know J has not cracked this puzzle yet. But I have no doubt that with patience and perseverance, he will. 


Disclosure: I was sent a Rubik’s Cube by John Adams, the UK distributor of Rubik’s, as part of their blogger campaign. All opinions are my own. 
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