I remember being introduced to the Rubik’s cube when I was little, by an older cousin. So it just seems bizarre, with all the toys and technology on the market right now, that it’s still the Rubik’s cube which holds the attention of my children. After CM became a fan last year, I was so pleased that after introducing E to the Rubik’s 3×3 cube he now sits and finds the cube as compulsive as so many others have over the years.E loves the cube, he uses it as his distraction, which is great. E tends to get distracted by everything, so it’s great to have him sit in my office after school and only have him distracted by one thing- I can cope with this.
I don’t think he’s going to be ready anytime soon for the UK Cube Building Championships which are going on this weekend in Stevenage. Whilst I think I’d rather spend an hour watching him try to complete the cube than freezing on the sidelines of the football pitch. E’s legs seem to work a lot faster than his hands at the moment.What’s great about the Rubik’s cube, which hasn’t changed from my childhood recollection, is that it doesn’t matter that I’ve never solved it.
So, it may be true that the world record stands at 4.69 seconds (I can’t even go there). I’m happier to get E sitting with me for at least ten minutes every day telling me about his day. In his own time. Without the fifty distractions.
E hasn’t got frustrated that he hasn’t solved the cube. Like me he’s happy every time he manages to get one side all the same colour. And if he manages to get a contrasting colour to create his initial, life is perfect.
The Rubik’s Cube is still as reasonably priced as it ever was, available through John Adams, retailing for around £10. And the good thing is, it is just one of the toys. Like the lump of putty which found its way onto my desk. I use most days as a stress toy. I’m equally found taking five minutes out with a Rubik’s cube. Trying to numb my mind of one problem by trying to solve E’s Rubik’s cube. Testament to how well it’s standing the test of time.
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