Do you remember the first time you tackled the infamous Rubik’s Cube?
For me, it was Christmas years ago. Opening the wrapped gift was exciting, but that was soon replaced with sadness. You see, my dad thought it would be funny to grab the Rubik’s Cube from me and mix it all up. Tears followed, even if only on the inside. I had so wanted to try out the fun patterns my friends were making with their cubes, but that required a Rubik’s Cube that was perfectly in place. That would never happen, though I tried.
Let’s just say that I’ve been looking forward to starting my daughter off with her very own (thanks to this complimentary one from Winning Games), and I promised not to mess with it in any way. It’s hers and hers alone (though admittedly I’ll play if she lets me). We are working our way up to the famed 3×3 Rubik’s Cube, starting off with something new…the Rubik’s Junior Bear!
Introducing the Rubik’s Junior Bear
The cuteness factor of the Bear is off the charts.
For young “cubers”, as they call those who are Rubik’s fanatics, this is a great way to start, one that’s a little less ambitious than the original 3×3.
I’ll call it a “training cube”, as its’ dimensions are an easier 1x2x3.
This genius addition to the Rubik’s family was a smart move by Winning Moves Games.
Ideal for elementary-aged kids, the Bear will help prepare them for more challenging cubes.
Though it looks like a toy and small kids will be drawn to it, be wary as the age recommendation is 4 years of age and older. I imagine that is mostly due to the small parts that make up the design. If they somehow came apart, it could be a choking hazard.
My daughter quickly loved the easy to grip Bear shape.
She learned that the ears and arms have no function, they just help a child navigate how to get back to the original form (along with color).
She twisted and turned the cubes and in about 5 minutes had it right back to where she started. Not bad for a first-timer. Though 10 years old, she didn’t lose interest after the initial play. I think she still can learn much with Bear before moving on to the next.
Next, we’ll be advancing to the Rubik’s Jr. Cube and the original Rubik’s Cube 3×3!
I can’t wait.
Side Note: One Christmas, decades after that original Christmas gift, my parents gave me another Rubik’s Cube to make up for that crazy day. I still have it. 🙂
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