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I’ve been itching to get the kids into Rubik’s cubes for a while now, and we’ve been lucky enough to try a whole range of Rubik’s goodies, along with the classic 3 x 3 Rubik’s cube.
Rubik’s is one of the top stocking fillers for this year as voted for by parents, and I have to agree. A new survey has revealed a third of all parents would choose the Rubik’s Cube as a stocking filler for kids this Christmas. The survey, which had 2,000 respondents, also included chocolate and stationery as top stocking solutions. It will occupy their hands and minds, they will spend ages trying to figure out the tricks to solve the popular puzzle. There’s nothing like the original Rubik’s cube, but we have loved trying all the new versions and twists on the original. I’ll tell you a bit more about each of them.
Have we cracked it yet? No! I’ve always been rubbish so I’m no help, it seems to defy the laws of physics to me, but William is on the case and has started watching some YouTube videos on how to solve it. We’ll be experts in no time. If you’re stumped like us, why not start out on the 2 x 2 Rubik’s cube?
The 2×2 Rubik’s Cube consists of 8 corner ‘Cubies’ and operates in much the same way as its biggest brother – The Original Rubik’s Cube. This smaller Cube can be more easily slipped into a pocket or bag, making this perfect puzzle for on the go. It would make a great gift for younger and new puzzle enthusiasts who may not be ready for the full 3 x 3 challenge. It might look easy – but don’t be fooled, it is still a challenge with 3,674,160 permutations. That’s mind boggling.
The Rubik’s Edge is a great introduction to the new Rubik’s range. The cube is a single layer puzzle with nine cubes in the square. Turn, twist and rotate it to find the 192 possible permutations. But beware, it’s harder than you think as only the corner pieces can change position!
Drop it. Twist it. Flip it. Win it! The Rubik’s Cage is a fast-paced, fun game of strategy. The aim is to get three cubes in a row but watch out, as players can twist, turn and flip the cage to re-shuffle and deter their opponent. The player with the most rows wins. I love it that this can be played together and involves some strategy.
The Rubik’s Orbit is a puzzle with a twist! As the name suggests, it’s a circular globe with the classic colours of Rubik’s. The aim is to solve all six sides of the 360 rings to have a matching colour all the way around.
See it. Find it. Match it! Rubik’s Match is the ultimate brain teasing card game. Players must race to build the pattern on the Challenge Cards using their own Cubie Cards. The first person to complete the pattern is the winner! This game uses STEM techniques and gets your brain thinking in a different way. The kids love it and have easily picked it up. This is our family favourite out of all the games and puzzles here, plus it’s such good value at just £4.99.
You can get the Rubik’s range both in store and online, for a full range of stockists, visit JohnAdams.co.uk.