Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Rubik's Cube Review and Giveaway!

Rubik's 30th!

Hey Neighbors!

I apologize for missing yesterday's post.  My husband was preaching a revival meeting all week long and we had to travel yesterday and it just didn't work out.  So today I will do 2 posts.  One in the morning and one in the evening.  Anyway this is a perfect idea to keep the children busy on a Fall day when it is too cool to go out!  Rubik's Cube!  They are celebrating  30 years this year.  I find that hard to believe.  I remember playing with a Rubik's Cube when I was younger.  We opened ours on this long trip we have been taking and it gained everyone's interest.  My son decided he was going to conquer it!  After about 20 minutes he passed it on to one of his sisters.  They took it into the restaurants with them, and even had the reading light on after dark.  Did anyone complete it?  Not yet.  I haven't released the solution yet!  One whole day of amusement watching them trying to solve the Rubik's Cube.  "I almost have one side, but I am missing one square!"  Not realizing that when they go to complete the next side it would mess up what they had already completed.  I believe I might let them go one more day without the solution.  It really has kept them entertained.  They play with it, take a break and then pick it up again.  It challenges them.  (Pictures from yesterday will be posted later today.)
Concentrating!

Not Yet!


You can do the Rubik's Cube is a website that helps you solve the Rubik's Cube.  It encourages using the Rubik's Cube for math and science.  There is a whole section for teachers.  Even a few sample lessons.  What a neat idea to use a Rubik's Cube to encourage learning.  A hands on approach!

Now let me tell you, they have an official website, including the solution!  My children don't know about that yet though!  And believe it or not there are competitions!   My children are not ready for anything like that!  If you want to see a video about solving the Cube you can see it here, but don't let your children know!

Some little facts about Rubik's Cube:
  • Ernő Rubik invented the Cube in the spring of 1974 in his home town of Budapest, Hungary. He wanted a working model to help explain three-dimensional geometry and ended up creating the world’s best selling toy.
  • Rubik’s inspiration for the Cube’s internal mechanism came from pebbles in the River Danube whose edges had been smoothed away.
  • Rubik called his invention the ‘Magic Cube’. It was renamed the Rubik’s Cube by the Ideal Toy Corporation in 1980.
  • More than 300 million Rubik’s Cubes have been sold worldwide. If all the cubes were placed on top of each other it would be enough to reach the North Pole from the South Pole!
  • At the height of the Rubik’s craze in the mid-1980s, it was estimated that one-fifth of the world’s population had played the Cube.
  • ‘Cubing’ still infects people of all ages. ‘Cubaholics’ are said to suffer from ‘Rubik's wrist’ and ‘Cubist's thumb’!
  • Rubik’s Cube has featured in hundreds of books, magazines, movies and even had its own TV series on ABC in America. Millions of web pages, blogs and YouTube videos are now dedicated to cubing.
  • The Cube has inspired everything from fashion, architecture and music to films, plays and political speeches. There is also a dedicated art movement known as ‘Rubikubism’.
  • There are edible cubes, jewel-encrusted Cubes and even MP3 playing cubes! The biggest Cube in the world, on display in Knoxville, Tennessee, is 3 metres tall and weighs over 500kg.
  • National and international ‘speedcubing’ championships have been held regularly since 2003. The World Cube Association now runs competitions where players have to solve the Cube one-handed, as well as having to solve the Cube using only your feet. There is even a competition where players have to solve the Cube as quickly as possible blindfolded!
  • In May 2007, Thibaut Jacquinot of France became the first person to complete the Cube in under 10 seconds in open competition, setting a world record time of 9.86 seconds. The current world record for a single solve was set by Erik Akkersdijk at the 2008 Czech Open with a time of 7.08 seconds.
  • The speed Cubing Championships were held in Budapest in October 2007 and were attended by Ernő Rubik himself.
  • In 2007 the Rubik's Cube beat stiff competition to be recognised in the annual CoolBrands list by the Superbrands organisation.
The winner of this giveaway will receive their own Rubik's Cube and Solution Guide.  This is a toy worth having for indoor play in Fall!  (Or on a long car trip!)



Mandatory Entry:Visit the You can do the Rubik's Cube Site and then tell me in a comment something you learned on this site.  You do not have to be a blogger to enter, but you must leave a valid email where you can be reached should you win.  This giveaway will end on 11/9 at 11:59 pm CST.  The winner will be chosen using random.org and will be notified by email.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond.

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Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this post. I received a Rubik's Cube for review purposes. All quotes are from the Rubik's Cube or You Can Do the Rubik's Cube website or email. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

63 comments:

Susan said...

My daughter LOVES the Rubik's cube. I bought one at Walgreens a few weeks ago and didn't realize it was the electronic version. I would love to get her this one instead!

I visited the Website and learned about how many camps are incorporating Rubik's cube into their activities and I learned about the Candy Game.

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Susan said...

I'm an email subscriber (sclot.....@yahoo.com).

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Susan said...

I used to have a Rubik's cube and played with it a lot!

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Susan said...

I'm a GFC follower.

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katychick said...

WOW- i had no idea- their are stages that can take you to solving the puzzle- and the stage 2 says to make a cross- thats neat- thats what i learned.

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Niecey said...

I visited the site and learned a method for solving these!
http://www.youcandothecube.com/secret-unlocked/solution-stage-one.aspx
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I subscribe to your blog by email

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Niecey said...

Yes, I used to have a rubix cube and I never figured out how to solve it!
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I tweeted
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Heavensent1 said...

I learned that Math lessons have also been designed to use the Rubik's Cube to help teachers engage students with an interactive and tangible way to learn the many math disciplines...heavensent1@yahoo dotcom

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Heavensent1 said...

I almost solved the rubik's once...had one square on one side and one square on the opposite and couldn't get them to go where they were suppossed to...LOL heavensent1@yahoo dotcom

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traci smith said...

i visited and learned that they sale solution kits for these!! i could of used this years ago when i had a rubiks cube, i finally cheated and moved the stickers, remember i was like 9 years old lol

traci smith said...

i am a neighbor

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i am a subscriber

traci smith said...

yes i played , for hours and hours and never solved it , or should i say years and years

Niecey said...

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Daily tweet:
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Lois said...

Hi and Happy Autumn! :) You know, I don't think I actually had one of these when I was a kid, and I was a kid when they came out in the early 80s. . . feeling awfully left out! LOL Anyway, went to the site and was really happy to see that there are cheat sheets for those of us who probably would not be able to do it! :)

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Lois said...

and now following via GFC...

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Lois said...

and following via email...

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Lois said...

And I didn't realize it could be a separate entry, but yep, I never had one, as far as I remember. If I did, I sure don't know where it ended up! :)

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Haydensmommy05 said...

I f you teach a fried how to solver theirs you get points to win cool stuff!
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I a a neighbor!
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I subscribe by email!
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Haydensmommy05 said...

I have but I cant solve them!!
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Shelly said...

I learned how you can teach math with it!

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follower

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Shelly said...

played with it - and fought with my brothers over it!

Shelly said...

10/28 http://twitter.com/#!/phxbne/status/29018808619

rubynreba said...

I learned that Will Smith solved it in 55 seconds!
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rubynreba said...

I have tried unsuccessfully to do one! I think it would be neat to have the solution!
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dyxymom said...

Rubik's Cube has been around since 1974 carebears81719ATyahooDOTcom

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Yes i played with one as a kid carebears81719ATyahooDOTcom

Shelly said...

11/1 http://twitter.com/#!/phxbne/status/29410260069

Louis H said...

I learned that Rubik's is offering 2 activity games for download

Thank you for hosting this giveaway

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Louis H said...

Google Friends Connect - following your blog publicly as Louis

Louis H said...

back in the 80's a friend owned a Rubik's Cube - that was the first and only time i played

Louis H said...

here is my tweet
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Shelly said...

11/3 http://twitter.com/#!/phxbne/status/29588159570

Anne said...

I found out there are way to learn math using a rubiks cube.
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Anne said...

I had a small keychain size one, but never had the big rubiks cube, would love to win one.
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Jaime said...

I learned you can download a free Solution Guide
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Jaime said...

yes, I did play with a Rubik's Cube
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floating said...

i learned that they have a turnkey program makes learning and teaching others fun
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Shelly said...

11/8 http://twitter.com/#!/phxbne/status/1684704466042881

MommyWantsToRead said...

I learned that they have solution kits so you can learn how to solve it and teach others how to


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I am already a follower


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I am a subscriber


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yes I have played with it but never solved it


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