It seems through time that past fads and trends return and when they do they return with a vengeance. It slowly creeps up until it becomes widespread fire.
That may be going overboard about the Rubik's Cube but all the same this toy is becoming a hot item once again. In the midst of high tech games and gadgets learning toys like these are a welcome item.
Parents can relate to this feeling. Gone are the times when kids would sit for hours figuring out a puzzle or reading a good book.
Though computer games and video games are not a total loss as there's knowledge to be gained seeing your child actively playing and not just pushing buttons and keys is definitely something to be missed.
I used to play with the Rubik's Cube when I was a child and actually got to solve it all by my lonesome. Seeing my son play with it brings me back. With the aid of the internet my son figured it out in only a couple of days. He learned a lot of facts along the way which I would like to share with you.
The Rubik's Cube was officially born in 1974. Created by Erno Rubik it was originally called the Magic Cube and was later renamed to Rubik's Cube. The first Magic Cube was sold in a toy shop in Budapest.
Rubik's Championships are held every year the first being in 1982.
It has become a part of the English language officially entering the Oxford English Dictionary.
Fun Fact # 1
The Rubik's Cube is a popular toy having sold 300 million cubes worldwide. With these many cubes you can actually cover the distance from the North Pole to the South Pole when stacked up.
Fun Fact # 2
Dedicated Rubik's Cube players are known as "Cubaholics" even having been known to suffer from Rubik's Wrist and Cubist's Thumb.
Fun Fact # 3
The Rubik's Cube has been made from all kinds of material from jewels to diamonds. There are even edible cubes!
Fun Fact # 4
The biggest cube in the world can be found in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Fun Fact # 5
The Rubik's Cube has 43 quintillion possible color combinations.
With this many combinations it could cover the entire Earth.
Fun Fact # 6
The Rubik's Cube has been featured in commercials and in movies.
The 1981 Commercial
The 2011 commercial
It started with a square and it now has different shapes which make for an even more challenging game of cubing. I firmly believe in learning by playing and hope that this would encourage you to get your own kids started on it.
livelovelaugh5 (author) on August 21, 2013:
Very tempting to do that especially when you've got only a few squares not cooperating! Thanks for visiting my hub!
Justin W Price from Juneau, Alaska on August 20, 2013:
Very fun. I've never been able to solve that darned contraption... at least not without pulling off and replacing the stickers.