Toy Blocks Have Been Squeezing by Us for Centuries

by Steven Hall

Something that I discovered not too long ago that’s always peaked my interest is how somethings squeeze by us for centuries without us noticing. Toy blocks, for example, have entertained small children for centuries if you check it out online you can see all of the references since before there were photos to prove it.

wood building blocksBuilding blocks and what not where I live occupy every children’s doctor’s office and have been an obligated purchase of every parent with a young child. They’re a great way for babies to begin learning how things work on their own by playing. They can explore their own little imagination and curiosity. Sometimes it can be very interesting from an adult perspective to watch them to see what they come up with.
These days you can get them in plastic, or foam for the sake of safety. Nothing will beat the classy wooden building block, though. They come in all sorts of different colors and shapes which help small children recognize them later in their education and give them a little bit of a head start.

I personally just find it strange that our kids are still playing with them in the twenty first century! It’s one of those things that we don’t think about and sneak by us after all of these years as well as many other different inventions. You may not agree with me that it’s weird now, but wait another fifty years when holograms are in every house hold and are kids are still playing with something invented hundreds of years ago.

Wood 3D Puzzles, They’re Fun and Double as Decoration

by Steven Hall

wood 3d puzzleWooden 3D puzzles were really cool when I was younger, in fact all 3D puzzles seem to be. I suppose 3D puzzles always appeal more to younger audience
s because that’s when their creativity, curiosity, and imagination seem to be at its peak.

Whenever I got 3D puzzles made out of wood, I would make them into a display piece for my bedroom. I would play with them until I figured them out a few times, then once I got bored of that, they turned out to have a great secondary use. I’m not the only one who did this, though, my brothers did it with the 3D wooden dinosaur puzzles we would get as stocking stuffers for Christmas, and I had a math teacher in high school with a desk full of them. They look great for decoration, but I tell you after a few years that wood can get dusty. Wood looks good, but not absolutely covered in dust you begin sneezing at just a glance at it. Mine were so filthy the last time I had to clean mine off we had Pressure Washing Fort Smith at our house pressure washing our driveway, and I almost went out to see if I could borrow the pressure washer for a minute.

Puzzles are a lot of fun, and the mysterious 3D wood puzzles will never go out of style. Best of all you look like a brilliant individual if you use them as decoration on top of your desk, or in your office space. I certainly know I will be.

The Puzz-3D for All of the Young Architects

by Steven Hall

Puzz-3D was a puzzle from Hasbro that got children in the 90’s such as myself excited around Christmas time. Not only was it a cheaper gift for parents, but kids loved it as well, so it worked out for everyone.puzz-3d

Puzz-3D were series of three dimensional puzzles by Hasbro that were made out of multiple pieces of foam to create different constructions. Not only were they difficult, but some of them were pretty big. Much bigger than you expect from a normal puzzle anyway. There was even one of New York City before the events of 9/11 occurred that was quite impressive. Fewer puzzles made you prouder to complete than the New York City puzzle. For what my opinion was on Hasbro it was much more detailed than I thought it would be!

Of course for different promotions as well as other things there were also stuff like Star Wars themed Puzz-3D puzzles. The Star Wars themed Puzz-3D puzzle I would assume sold very well, if you look it up online you can see the fully constructed R2-D2 puzzle that actually looks pretty cool fully assembled. Unfortunately, Hasbro also made deals to have a puzzle like the Despicable Me movie Puzz-3D puzzle that was a big yellow Minion.

Passed all of the movie deal 3D puzzles there were mostly puzzles themed upon different large, or famous structures around the world. Stuff like the Eiffel Tower, London Clock Tower, and Empire State Building are just a few examples of these. They also did other historical constructions like the Colosseum as well though stretching way back in time to Ancient Rome. This way I suppose children or teenagers could build these structures through 3D puzzles and retain something from them. If I were to spend all of the time it takes to construct a 3D puzzle of a historical structure, then I’m sure I’d personally retain all sorts of information about that very structure. So I supposed while making a purchase for your children you could argue that the Puzz-3D puzzles are also educational for your children as well.

Puzz-3D has been around for somewhere around twenty five years but hasn’t been running necessarily for twenty five years straight. They started in 1991, and ran for many years, but I suppose once the public got bored of it they discontinued their products in the year of 2006. It didn’t stay dead very long although, it got revived in the year 2011, and is still around in production today. When they revived the dead production, they brought in some new puzzles to make it feel refreshed and brand new. They did bring back all of their past products though reselling them in new packaging. I suppose if it’s not broken, then don’t fix it right? I sure hope those original designers are still getting a royalty off of the products I would be upset personally if I didn’t. It’s still alive today, so I guess that says something about the product, and we can only wait to see if it continues to be a success for another twenty five years.

Rubik’s Cube, The Puzzle That Became the Competition

by Steven Hall

The Rubik’s Cube is a 3D puzzle that has been frustrating people for somewhere around forty years.

If there was ever a toy that fascinated you as a child in the toy section, it was the mystery of the Rubik’s Cube. It’s a colorful little 3D puzzle that still baffles the majority of people today. Solving a Rubik’s Cube today is a sign of status, and people would regard you as an intelligent individual because of it. I personally have one kept in the desk drawer in my office at all times, and have yet to complete it myself. The only way I’ve been able to complete it is by following step by step along an online tutorial which I personally don’t count as legitimate. I can solve one side easily, but other than that I am personally clueless.

As long as the Rubik’s Cube has been around, there have been hundreds of tournaments, and other competitions putting people’s skills to the test. From all around the world people have revealed their selves to break the record. The current record for solving a Rubik’s Cube in the traditional manner is five seconds. You can find the videos online to watch it yourself, and the speed in which the kid’s hands move is absolutely unbelievable!

That is just the standard way that people solve Rubik’s Cubes. People around the world have been looking for new, and creative things to do with Rubik’s Cubes to take solving it to a whole new level entirely. It would normally be hard to believe people finding their selves bored with the standard way that people solve Rubik’s Cubes, but you’ll understand after being astonished by the things people have done.

There are people who go to competitions with professionals timing them to see how fast they can solve it with their eyes closed. The visual memory it must take to accomplish something beyond my capabilities personally. Then there are people who also go to competitions to see if they can beat a world record by solving a Rubik’s Cube with only one hand instead of two. Some of the records include finishing it with one hand in around ten seconds. As a fellow nerd, I don’t know of any better way to impress the female nerds out there than to solve a Rubik’s Cube with one hand, and hold their hand with the other.

If you want to get into some crazier stuff you can search throughout YouTube to see all of the other crazy things that people are doing with a Rubik’s Cube. Some of the things include to a bulky individual solving a Rubik’s Cube with one hand while doing push-ups with the other hand. I’ve already started my gym membership to get me started on doing those ultimate push-ups.

Inventors have started building machines that can solve a Rubik’s Cube faster than any human has been recorded accomplishing. Robots are taking our jobs, and now they’re taking our records! It is all really incredible how something as old as the Rubik’s Cube has been still a popular 3D puzzle today. It makes you understand human curiosity for puzzles and mystery never changes!


Speaking of youtube, here is a video for you showing how you can solve it if you have never done so.