Why every child should get a Rubik’s cube this Christmas.
The Rubik’s cube is always our first suggestion when parents ask what toys or games will help their children digitally.
Invented in the mid-70’s by Hungarian architect Erno Rubik, the colourful cube is one of the most popular toys of all time. Over the last 45+ years, people of all ages have taken on the challenge of solving the 3-dimensional puzzle, yet only an estimated 5.8% of the population have been successful.
Despite popular belief, the low success rate isn’t down to the cube being too difficult to solve. Anyone can solve it. It just requires a lot of patience and focus which is where most people fall short.
So, how does it work and how will it benefit my child?
To solve the cube, your child will need to learn a couple of algorithms. Don’t worry, it sounds a lot scarier than it is!
An algorithm is essentially a list of step-by-step instructions that must be followed in a particular sequence in order to solve a problem. Once you master the first algorithm, the others will follow much more naturally.
This part of the process can actually improve patience and focus – essential qualities in any computing role. It can also increase speed and boost muscle memory which is great for coding and any other role that requires typing.
As you come closer to solving the puzzle, you’ll start to get a better understanding of how the cube actually works. This can have a positive effect on your child’s problem-solving capabilities, forcing him/her to think ahead and discover new ways to solve the cube.
Learning to solve the Rubik’s cube comes with a number of benefits that will help your child in the real world, but it’s also a great conversation starter, an amazing achievement and something they will always be proud of.
Thinking of getting your child this popular brain teaser for Christmas?
Statistics reveal that only 1 in 20 people who own a Rubik’s cube can actually solve it but the chances are definitely less if your child doesn’t have one at home.
Solving the Rubik’s cube is a challenge, but one that will have a great impact on your child whether or not they see it to completion. Thinking of giving it a go? Head over to YouTube where you’ll find hundreds of step-by-step tutorials – this one is our favourite!
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