This is a classic toy that is still popular. I encourage everyone in our group to learn to solve it.
One of the things that I noticed with my kids was their inability to focus for long and lacking resilience. We live in a world where kids are getting addicted to short bursts of entertainment, this has resulted in them not being able to concentrate on activities that take longer.
Kids also become easily frustrated with activities which take a bit to learn. It is important for kids to learn to fail but still keep going. The Rubik’s cube ticks all those boxes for me.
On average it takes about 2 – 3 weeks for the kids to memorise the algorithms and pick-up some speed. My daughter started doing this at the age of 8, got quite frustrated but was able to come through on the other end. My son, who usually got easily bored, started doing this and has gotten the solving time down to about 30 seconds. If there is unsolved cube lying around, he now instinctively picks it up to solve it.
I am extremely happy to see them slowly build the ability to focus and strain their brain. My son has also successfully learned to solve the 4×4 cube and the mirror cube. I was very surprised to find a whole variety of the cubes out there.
The site below teaches you how to solve the cube.