Way back in 2008 at 3 years old Emily Gittemeier solved the Rubik’s Cube. She had been practicing for weeks before solving it for the first time right before this video was shot. This video was the second time she solved it.
OK we don’t own one of these and have never even seen one but I think we NEED it, the Gans 356 Air Magnetic Speed Cube from Amazon https://amzn.to/2KzLOK6 (affiliate). We really like magnets and we like Rubik’s Cubes so I guess we will have to get one of these Magnetic Rubik’s Cubes. Hopefully we can get them to send one free to Emily. Maybe she can solve it on a gymnastics balance beam.
Some more Rubik’s Cubes on our wish list (Amazon Affiliate links)
V-Cube 6 from Amazon https://amzn.to/2yV1hmV
V-Cube 7 from Amazon https://amzn.to/2KABXnh
Gans 356 Air Magnetic: https://amzn.to/2KzLOK6
How to Solve the Rubik’s Cube So Easy a Three Year Old Can Do It” Video Tutorial
Once you have watched the Full Rubik’s Tutorial and are familiar with Rubik’s Cube basics & cube notation, for a reference see our shortened RECAP Rubik’s video focusing on the 7 Easy Steps to Solve a Rubik’s Cube.
How To Solve Rubik’s Cube RECAP Video of 7 Easy Steps to Solve Rubik’s Cube
Order of steps in which she learned to solve the Cube:
1) 2 look OLLs, 4 easy ones she knows as “Big Fish”, “Little Fish”, “Double Fish”, and “No Fish”. If she got one of the other 3 she didnt know she would just perform the Little Fish algorithm until she got one of the 4 she knew.
2) Yellow Cross on top, perform just one algorithm she knows as the “Line” 1 to 3 times until she got the Cross.
3) White Cross on bottom, beginner method.
4) First Layer insert corners, “slap the white” memory trick.
5) Second Layer, chase the edge, pair up and reinsert, (slap it again).
6) Last Layer – fix the corners, perform one algorithm 1-2 times until corners correct.
7) Last Layer – fix the edges, one algorithm 1-3 times.
This how she learned to solve the Rubiks Cube. This may seem out of order but we had no intention of teaching her to solve it at that age as we didnt think it was possible. She started by watching her brothers practice 2 look OLLs and copying them. It was after seeing how easily she learned the OLLs and her desire to solve it that we realized she would likely be able to solve it. Slapping the Cube was a memory trick, no longer needed but helpful at the time.
Rubik’s Cube Algorithms Emily used to solve the Rubik’s Cube:
Big Fish- R U2i Ri Ui R Ui Ri
Little Fish- R U Ri U R U2 Ri (inverse of BF)
Double Fish- Little Fish twice
No Fish- R U2i R2 Ui R2 Ui R2 U2i R (She likes the song Down by the Water by PJ Harvey)
Yellow Cross Line- F R U Ri Ui Fi
Last Layer corners- x Ri U Ri D2 R Ui Ri D2 R2 xi
Last Layer edges- R2 U R U Ri Ui Ri Ui Ri U Ri
How to learn to solve a Rubik’s Cube, Practice – Emily Gittemeier
This is how a 3 year old learns how to solve a Rubik’s Cube, repetition. 3 yr old Emily Gittemeier practices three different 2 look OLLs (Little Fish, Double Fish & Big Fish) while her brother times her. The first 3 cubes require the algorithm she knows as “Little Fish”, The next 3 cubes “Double Fish” & last 2 “Big Fish”. She messed up the first “Big Fish” (8th cube) but was able to correct the mistake then she messed up the second “Big Fish” and needed help. At the time of the video she hadnt yet attempted to solve the entire cube, but a few weeks after this was shot she put all the steps together and solved it on her first attempt. Algorithms: Big Fish- R U2i Ri Ui R Ui Ri Little Fish- R U Ri U R U2 Ri (inverse of BF) Double Fish- Little Fish twice No Fish- R U2i R2 Ui R2 Ui R2 U2i R (She likes the song Down by the Water by PJ Harvey)
How a 3 year old learns to solve a Rubik’s Cube, practice OLL’s
3 yr old Emily Gittemeier practices different 2 look OLLs (Little Fish, Double Fish & Big Fish) while her brother times her. At the time of the video she hadnt yet attempted to solve the entire cube, but a few weeks after this was shot she put all the steps together and solved it on her first attempt. Algorithms
3×3 Cube Easy Beginner Method Tutorial: https://youtu.be/9spDGBeWl1o
2×2 Cube Easy Beginner Method Tutorial: https://youtu.be/UYCeyu_pbTI
2×2 Cube Intermediate Method Tutorial: https://youtu.be/fDfpjC-GPBM