Keep Them Busy Past New Year’s

Keep Them Busy Past New Year’s


You have exactly 5 days left until Christmas. Panicking yet? Take a breath and realize that means you can still order something from Amazon in the next day or two and get it in time to put under the tree.

But let’s take a step back in time. Do you remember the late 70’s? One of the biggest fads was the introduction of the Rubik’s Cube. Originally invented in 1974, it became the must-have toy for kids of all ages. Atari who?

Since then there have been dozens upon dozens of additional 3D puzzles developed, each harder than the previous. But nothing endures like the original 3x3x3 that we all grew up with. We recently introduced our daughters to one of our old cubes and they took to it right away. We don’t have a savant that can solve it in under a minute on our hands, and after a while they wanted help with it. I have to admit, it’s been years (decades?) since I’ve solved one from scratch, but thanks to the internet we can learn patterns and techniques to solve the cube with relative ease.

And here’s a little bit of trivia for you. Did you know that the Rubik’s Cube was inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame this year? It takes its rightful place next to other signature toys like Barbie, Scrabble and Play-Doh.

That brings me back to today, only 5 days left, remember? I want you to consider introducing a family member to this classic pastime. For us it has become a bond between generations, a chance to show the kids that Mom and Dad still know a few things, even if we have to cheat a little and look up the directions. The official Rubik’s Cube line is now offered by Winning Moves USA. We’ve previously told you about their innovative Splash Cards as well as some of their classic game titles, and they definitely have you covered with about every permutation of Rubik’s puzzle you’d ever need.



Introduce a new generation to the wonders of the Rubik's Cube from Winning Moves USA! -


Get them started with this 2×2 version, which was actually invented first! Many of the techniques you use to solve this cube will translate directly into solving the 3×3 version.




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The world’s most famous puzzle is the still the best selling puzzle of all time! And now – it is made from molded plastic so there are NO MORE STICKERS! No stickers means no cheating! Includes collectable stand.




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This Rubik’s Cube is bigger, better and more mind-boggling. Building on the classic 3×3” cube, this large model is 4×4” and requires some fun new twists and turns. Includes instruction booklet.




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This is the absolute ultimate in the world of Rubik’s Puzzles and a must-have for all fans. Everybody loves the 3 x 3 and the 4 x 4, so it only makes sense that they answer the call with the Rubik’s 5 x 5!




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The Rubik’s Speed Cube has an all new mechanism with faster movement, amazing corner cutting and zero pops. Basing it around a brand new spherical enclosed core design ensures that there is minimum friction between internal moving parts. This revolutionary new design allows not only for faster turning parts but also balances fantastic corner cutting with no pop technology.


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Rubik’s Twist® is the twist-able challenge of unlimited puzzle shapes. Start twisting and watch amazing figures take form. Turn a snake into a swan… a bat into a ball… a turtle into a terrier, all with just a few twists of your imagination.




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WINNER! Parents Magazine 2012 Best Toys of The Year!

The Rubik’s Void is a “hole” new puzzle with a “hole” new challenge – but – something’s missing? The Void is amazing to see, to touch and to play!




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See, I told you that Winning Moves has you covered! Whether you need a beginner’s cube in the 2×2, or a real stumper with the 5×5, there’s not a single person on your list you won’t find one for. Be sure to also check out the other great product lines from Winning Moves on their website and give them a follow on Facebook and Twitter to see what’s coming next! You only have 370 shopping days until next Christmas!

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About Scott

A former manufacturing executive, Scott now balances his family life with ownership and backend administration of websites such as, and a number of other online properties. He also is an occasional writer and full-time board game fanatic.

47 comments on «Keep Them Busy Past New Year’s»

  1. Michele says:

    Yes, I remember Rubiks Cube–I never could get that thing right. It could be because I have double vision. My step brother is a pro at all these kinds of puzzles s I left it to him!

  2. Michelle H says:

    I don’t think I have ever successfully figured out a Rubik’s Cube, but I do think my 7-yr-old would love one.

  3. Speaking of the Rubik cube, I saw a video the other day of someone finishing it blindfolded in less than 10 seconds. Totally jealous!

  4. That’s exactly the reason why I love Amazon so much. It’s very convenient and has some great prices.

  5. Dede says:

    I love that there are so many levels of challenge! My uncle solved the Rubik’s Cube when we were young. I still remember our celebration!!

  6. I got an original rubiks cube for a childhood birthday and honestly don’t remember if I ever solved it or not. I do recall trying forEVER to master it though! Looks like I will have to get another one and check my skills 🙂 Can’t wait to share all these new versions with my own kids too.

  7. Amanda says:

    I am not sure I ever completely got every single one but my six year old loves to place with them. I think it is great for their minds to work. Love that their is now a huge variety!

  8. Rubiks Cube is the single hardest thing ever invented. I only know one person who has every solved it.

  9. Jessie Payne says:

    Ive only gotten one side completed. There very hard

  10. Dr. Cole McKinnon says:

    I was never any good whatsoever with the Rubik Cube. Advanced education did nothing to improve my skill, or lack there of as the case may be. My hubby and grand kids love them.

  11. Megan Filzen says:

    This would be great to win!

  12. Rajee Pandi says:

    I want to solve the puzzles so quickly

  13. I am really bad at the Rubik’s cube. I have never even managed to solve the original one. The kids are much better at it.

  14. Sharon Kaminski says:

    I have never solved a rubiks cube puzzle but would love to try.

  15. sue mccollum says:

    No, I have not…but we got a puzzle ball for Christmas, and I’m a master of that bad boy. I don’t think I could solve a regular rubiks cube…but if they made a 1×1…I’d be able to solve that. LOL

  16. Selinda says:

    I really don’t think I have….

  17. Melissa Shirley says:

    No I never solved it. i did however take the stickers off and put them back on to make people think I solved it.

  18. I can easily get 1 side of the rubik’s cube completed. I’ve never solved one totally but I did get 2 sides done at the same time once. =)

  19. nycblack says:

    Keeping my fingers crossed and hoping I win the sweepstakes. 😉 I’m a big fan!

  20. I hope I can win the sweepstakes, I have bought so many products and would LOVE to have one fore free! Even if I don’t win, thank you!

  21. The Rubik’s cube was awesome! What a great memory to bring back. Thanks!

  22. Have to admit, Rubiks Cubes never did it for me, but was always greatly impressed with those that could solve them in record times, I was always told it was a logical thought process, that was probably my downfall 🙂

  23. sandra says:

    I have never been able to solve it

  24. Susan D says:

    I’ve never been able to solve a Rubiks cube. 🙁

  25. Tara says:

    No, I’ve never solved a Rubik’s cube. My 8 year old is better at it than me 🙂

  26. vickie couturier says:

    no i never have been able to solve one of those

  27. I don’t see any reason for an adult to play with the cube (such a time waster), but for children – it’s a perfect way for them to pass the time away. Plus, I can see the benefits of hand to eye coordination come into play too!

  28. Scott H says:

    Brings back so many memories…I just need a pair of parachute pants, a boom box, and a cassette tape of the Breakin’ soundtrack!

    1. Scott says:

      Don’t forget your Member’s Only jacket and mullet!

  29. Karen Drake says:

    The best I ever did was to get 3 sides.

  30. Denise Malia says:

    Remember this from my childhood and it’d be a great thing to share now with my grandchildren!

  31. Crystal says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever successfully completed one! This would be a good practice for me!

  32. Jeannette says:

    Oh, I LOVED the Rubiks Cube when I was a kid! I had totally forgotten about it but I need to look into it for my pre-teen!

  33. Candie L says:

    I can solve it when I rearrange the stickers. Thank you

  34. Chrysa says:

    Wow – Rubiks Cube was originally all the way back in the 70s?!?!? Now that is making me feel really old! I remember being excited that I was able to figure out just one side. I never did master it!

  35. Kristen H. says:

    I would love to win a Rubik’s puzzle just to see if I could actually solve it. I really didn’t try to solve the original Rubik’s Cube that my family had when I was a child. However, now that I am much older and greatly enjoy solving any type of puzzle, I would really appreciate getting the chance to solve a Rubik’s puzzle. Thanks for the fantastic opportunity to win!

  36. oh wow, the cube has come a long way! O only had the classic and nope, never figured it out. I wanna try the new ones!!

  37. Corey Olomon says:

    I never figured it out!

  38. Samantha says:

    I used to be able to solve a Rubik’s cube in college, but now I can’t remember how!

  39. Paige Jagan says:

    If by “solved” you mean take the stickers off and put them back in the right place..then yes. I solved many times 🙂

  40. Vikki Billings says:

    I always got close but never solved it.

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