For the last couple of years, my son has enjoyed learning about the rubik’s cube, which I love because it gives him some thing to do other than using screens. He has loved it so much that he now can solve three different types of cubes and has been labeled a “whiz kid” around some of our friends.
Here are the benefits we’ve found from our son having the rubik’s cube as a hobby:
- Encourages him to stick to something even when it’s challenging
- Teaches problem solving skills
- Good for the brain and keeps him off of the computer/TV in his spare time
- Provides sense of accomplishment
- Great quiet time activity
- It’s impressive!
While it keeps him occupied and off the TV or computer, it did take a little bit of help from YouTube to get him started (we also bought a book, but watching the videos at first was most helpful). There are tons of videos to teach the algorithms needed to solve the rubik’s cube. After he wrote the algorithms down and memorized them, he could start solving it independently.
Just Getting Started on the Rubik’s Cube?
If you aren’t sure which one to start with, the 3×3 is a great place to start. Once your child has mastered it, you can move on to the 4×4, the 2×2, or the pyramid. My son has become a pro at these and is know looking forward to learning the megaminx.
Best Rubik’s Cube YouTube Videos for Beginners
Here is a great video for learning to solve the 3×3 cube: