Ever since its discovery in the year 1974, the Rubik’s Cube has been one of the top selling toys of all time. It is probably the only educational toy that you can get for less than INR 50 and in the most bizarre places from trade fairs and traffic signals to inside the trains. Apart from being a game you can use to pass time, it is an excellent tool to sharpen your brain and work on certain skills and mental abilities. The cube is made of 9 cells and six faces with six different colors. The goal is to bring the colors of faces together.
If you didn’t know, there are close to 43 quintillion probable combinations in a Rubik’s Cube out of which there is just one right solution. When Erno Rubik discovered it, it took a month for him to solve it. It was only after he could solve that he went on to teach kids about it. If you are keen on engaging your kid in the most beneficial ways possible, giving him or her a Rubik’s cube is the most significant way. Here are the advantages of using it.
One of the primary things a Rubik’s Cube does is keep your child focused on it. With every split second, your kids mind is working on a myriad of strategies and plans to unite the colors and come up with alternate actions to eliminate color separation. This keeps your kid not just engaged but focused. This, in turn, reflects on the academics by allowing your kids to completely focus on their studies or homework without letting their minds get distracted by pointless thoughts.
Observation and Pattern Recognition
A Rubik’s Cube cannot be solved without proper observational skills. It is not an activity where you can simply keep turning the cubes in random directions and expect the colors to get arranged automatically. There is a systematic approach to it and it is only complemented by observation. When your kid observes, he or she starts experimenting with moves, notices patterns, foresees combinations and inferences, concludes and takes necessary backup plans to bring the colors together. Your kid starts losing trust on luck and takes a scientific approach to things, as he or she would know there is more than one way of solving the cube.
Apart from focus and observation, a Rubik’s Cube also works on your kids’ concentration and helps develop short-term memory power as well. Better recall and relativity skills, eye-hand coordination and sharper brains are also the advantages Rubik’s Cubes offer as well. Besides, indulging in Rubik’s Cube also increases your kids thought processes and he or she is able to quickly come up with ideas, sentences and answers while others still ponder for solutions. Thanks to the hand-eye coordination it fosters, your kids’ hands would also cope up with their thoughts and reflect on this during exams.
The Rubik’s Cube also works on cognitive and inculcates problem-solving abilities in your kids. Moreover, spatial intelligence is also fine-tuned with the tool, where your kid can imagine or visualize abstract concepts better. Psychologically, perseverance and patience are improved as well.
Apart from the regular Rubik’s Cube we often come across, there are several variants on it that work on several other aspects of your kids’ brain. The more they are exposed to them, the better and newer skills they would develop. If you are keen on seeing change in your kids’ thought processes and academics, we recommend you teach them cubing to see the difference firsthand.