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How To Solve 2×2 Rubik’s Cube: So Easy a 3 Year Old Can Do It! Easy Beginner Step by Step Tutorial

Rubik's cube 2x2
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3 Year Old Beginner Method to Solve the Rubik’s cube 2×2 Tutorial. This is our version that combines standard Beginner and Intermediate Layer by Layer Methods of solving the Rubik’s cube made easier by utilizing critical thinking and intuition in place of following long chains of sequences, very little memorization is necessary.

In this video we will learn an easy Beginner Method to solve the Rubik’s cube 2×2 in 3 easy Steps. This is the same method that Emily used to solve the 2×2 Rubik’s cube when she was 3 years old (Video)

For Lack of a better name we will call this the “3 Year Old Beginner Method” 3y/o Beginner Method for short. #3yoBeginnerMethod

How To Solve Rubik’s Cube 2×2 Step by Step Instructional Video Tutorial with Full Explanation

2×2 3y/o BM

The 2×2 Rubik’s Cube Instructions below are meant as a supplement and reference for the full tutorial video above. Without watching the video, the instructions may be difficult to follow at some points. (I plan to update so this post can stand alone as instructions and PDFs but will take some time due to graphics & images needed)

I believe this is the easiest method to learn to solve the Rubik’s Cube 2×2 because we use the same simple 3yo Beginner Method that we use for the 3×3 Cube but with only 3 steps and 2 easy algorithms.

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With over 3 million possible combinations, the 2×2 Cube can be deceivingly difficult to solve until you learn how.  Once you learn to solve the 2×2 with this 3yo Beginner Method it’s easy to transition into more Advanced Methods to get faster which we will go in the future. (3,674,160 possible combinations) 

From Wikipedia

We will be using thr same 3yo Beginner Method we use to solve the 3×3. If you haven’t seen our 3×3 Beginner tutorial I recommend you do that first but it’s not absolutely necessary.

How To Solve 3×3 Rubik’s Cube: So Easy a 3 Year Old Can Do It (Full Tutorial)

Solve Rubik’s Cube 2×2 Intermediate Method

After learning to solve the 2×2 Cube with Beginner Method many want to learn how to solve it faster. This Intermediate method goes over all the 2 Look OLLs and PLLs demonstrated on both the 3×3 and 2×2 Cubes. 2×2 IM

Understanding the Rubik’s Cube 2×2  

First, we need to understand that a 2×2 Cube is just a 3×3 without the Center and Edge pieces. It’s just the Corners of a 3×3 which makes it much simpler in most regards. 

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Like a 3×3, a 2×2 Cube has 6 sides of different colors but unlike a 3×3 the color of the sides are not determined by Center pieces. For the most part the colors are *standardized with the Yellow opposite White, Blue opposite Green and Orange opposite Red.  This is important for familiarity and recognition.  *(BOGR) Blue, Orange, Green, Red

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Here we have a disassembled 2 Cube, this is the Core and 8 Corner pieces. Each Corner has 3 Colors. (Show removed corner pieces tossed onto table like in 3×3 vid)

Disassembled 2×2 Cube

Overview of Layer by Layer Method to Solve 2×2 Cube

To solve the 2×2 Rubik’s Cube we are going to use the same Layer by Layer Method we use for the 3×3…  minus middle layer. For simplicity and familiarity we will make Yellow the Top which will make the Bottom White. 

Layer by Layer Beginner Method to Solve 2×2 Cube

First we will solve the First Layer, the Bottom Layer. Its important to notice this isn’t just one side or Face solved but the entire Face and the 4 sides of the Layer.

Build the White Bottom Layer of 2×2 Cube

On the far right we have the White Face solved and the sides of the White pieces match each other – The White Layer is solve. We start by choosing a Bottom White Corner, an Anchor Piece (White/Orange/Green in our example) and build the Bottom Layer from that Anchor Corner.

Next we solve the Last Layer, the Top Layer in 2 steps.  

First we get all the Yellows facing up on the Top Layer (OLL). Then we orient them correctly (PLL) , fixing the sides of the Top Layer by shuffling the Corners which solves the entire Cube.

Orient Last Layer (OLL) / Permute Last Layer (PLL)

Terminology and Notation

Before we begin we need to learn some terminology and notation.

Faces  

Each of the six sides has a name.
Whichever side is facing you is the Front with all other sides relative to it. From here we have the Right,Left,  Back.
The Top is called Up and the Bottom Down.

A CW and CCW turn is always as if facing the side being turned.
A CCW turn is called Prime or Inverted and is represented with an apostrophe  ( ‘ ) or an ( i ) for inverted.
2 means turn that side twice so R2 would be 2 turns whether it be CW or CCW it doesn’t matter it’s a 180deg turn.

Notation of Turns

R     = clockwise turn of the Right side.
R’    = counterclockwise turn.
L     = clockwise turn of the Left side.
L’    = counterclockwise turn.
U     = clockwise turn of the Up or Top side.
U’   = counterclockwise turn.
D     = clockwise turn of the Down or Bottom side.
D’   = counter clockwise turn.
B     = clockwise turn of the Back side while facing it.

Axis Rotations  

Now we have Axis rotations of the entire cube.

An x rotation means you turn the cube so that the bottom is now the Front and facing you. 

An x’ rotation turns the Top towards you and it now becomes the Front.

A y rotation turns the Right side towards you and it now becomes the Front.

A y’ rotation turns the Left side towards you and it now becomes the Front.

Don’t get too hung up on this notation though as much of what we will do is visual and intuitive.

To solve the Cube we have to pick a color to make the Bottom. Beginners should always use the same color for simplicity and familiarity.

We will use White as the bottom, which makes Yellow the top.

Now to solve the cube:

LAYER 1

We need to build the First Layer with the White pieces.  Because we don’t have Centers to determine the color of a side, as a beginner we will just start by finding the White/Orange/Green Corner, let the White be the Bottom and build the layer from there.

White/Orange/Green Anchor Piece

Now we need to find the White/Orange or White/Green and place it right above its intended location and insert with the Slap the White Sticker Method – R U R’ if White Sticker is facing the Right or L U’ L’ if White Sticker facing the Left side. Click here for Slap Method video.

Build the Bottom Layer from the W/O/G Anchor Piece

LAST LAYER  

Now for the Last Layer, the Top Layer, we will learn tricks to flip and orient the pieces the way we want.  To do this we will learn two simple sequences called Algorithms.  The more you know, the faster you will be able to solve the Cube, but to start with we are only going to use two algorithms to solve the cube as a beginner. 

1. Orient Last Layer OLL  

Now, we must orient all the Corner pieces so that the Yellow sticker is on Top. (Show Demo)  This is called Orient Last Layer, OLL.

There are only 7 possible arrangements or patterns of the Yellow stickers, each with its own Algorithm to get all the Yellows on Top, facing up.

7 Possible OLL Patterns

We are only going to learn 1 algorithm though forward and backward.

– Fish Patterns 

First we start with the Fish patterns, which get their name because someone thought this looked like a fish, I don’t see it. 

Fish Algorithms Sune
Little Fish / Big Fish

Notice that, although these 2 patterns look the same from the Top, they are different because of the way the Yellow stickers are oriented on the sides. To solve Little Fish we hold the Cube so that the Yellow Top Corner sticker is on the Front Left Top with a Yellow facing us on the Right Front side and perform the Little Fish Algorithm (R U R’ U R U2 R’) which flips the pieces in a way that puts all the Yellows on Top. 

If there’s no sticker right here facing you then you have Big Fish and you have to hold it like this.  So for example these 2 look the same but they are different.  (Show cubes and pip)

To solve Big Fishwe place the Yellow Top Corner sticker at the Back Right with a Yellow facing us Left Front side and perform the inverse of the Little Fish Algorithm (R U’2 R’ U’ R U’ R’).  

Once you know an Algorithm well, it becomes intuitive to perform it Forward & backward without much thought or effort.

One quick practice trick is, if you have this Yellow Top solved and you perform the Little Fish algorithm, it actually makes Big Fish so you just do the inverse to solve it.  If you do the Big Fish algorithm it makes Little Fish.  So that’s a quick easy way to practice.Performing the Algorithms forward then reverse is a great way to learn the muscle memory. 

Now we look at two patterns with no Yellows on Top.

The first, which we call “Double Fish”, has 2 Yellows on the Left side and 2 on the Right side.

2x2 Rubik's Cube OLL Double Fish / No Fish
Double Fish / No Fish

The second which we call “No Fish”, has 2 Yellows on the Left side, 1 on the Front Right, and 1 on the Back Right.

To solve Double Fish,place the yellow Corners on the Left and Right sides and perform the Little Fish Algorithm twice hence the name Double Fish (R U R’ U R U2 R’) (R U R’ U R U2 R’) 

To Solve No Fish, place the 2 Yellow Corners that are on the same side to the Left.  Later in the video we will explain and learn an easier alg but for now we will perform Little Fish algorithm, which will give us the little Fish pattern.  Turn the top to the proper position and perform the Little Fish algorithm again. 

Rubik's cube 2x2 OLL Intermediate Method
Other OLLs

So if we get one of the 3 OLL patterns that we haven’t gone over, just perform the Little Fish algorithm 1 or more times until we get one of the Fish patterns we are familiar with: Little Fish, Big Fish, Double Fish or No Fish. (Bug eyes)This one just became …BF, (Cham bro)this just became  DF… (Cham)sometimes when you perform LF you still don’t have one you know, just do it again, Here we have Chameleon, perform Little Fish alg, now we have Chameleon again just oriented differently, Little Fish again, now this one just became No Fish, perform Little Fish one more time, now we have Little Fish.  Don’t worry about the inefficiency of all that because it won’t happen that often and when it does its just good practice for learning the Little Fish algorithm anyway. Remember we will learn more efficient methods later in the video. 

2. Permutate Last Layer PLL

Now we have our first Layer complete and all the Yellows on Top.  We just need to position and shuffle the Top correctly to match the Bottom Layer which will solve the entire Cube. 

A quick and simple shortcut is to find a side that has 2 Corners the same Color forming a BAR.

Place these to the Back and perform an Axis rotation (x) then the algorithm  (R’ U R’ D2 R U’ R’ D2 R2 x’) at this point all your corners will be fixed, just rotate the top to match up the colors

Ok so one more time a little quicker, find 2 corners the same, you can line them up with the correct color or not (show Orange corners moved to Orange then to Green side for the “or not”),it doesn’t matter (solve orange corners on Green side to the back) Now they are all fixed, so If I want to practice it, just do the algorithm again (do it), find the 2 put em to the back, so you can either turn the whole Cube or… just flick them to the back, then solve it.

If no side has a BAR or 2 Corners with the same Color, just perform the Algorithm once,  then one side will have 2 matching Corners, move them to the Back, then repeat the Algorithm.  

Now, turn the Top to line up the 2 layersNow this algorithm looks and sounds more difficult than it really is but it becomes muscle memory plus we are combining several turns into one Step. For example (R’U R’)that’s one Step even though that’s 1, 2, 3 distinct moves.  So 12 turns becomes 5 Steps. 

Algorithms

Yellow Cross                       F R U R’ U’ F’

Little Fish                            R U R’ U R U2 R’

Big Fish (LF Backwards)      R U’2 R’ U’ R U’ R’

Double Fish (LF x2)             R U R’ U R U2 R’ Twice

No Fish                               (f  R U R’ U’ f’)(F R U R’ U’ F’)

Last layer Corners                x R’ U R’ D2 R U’ R’ D2 R2 x’

Insert First Layer Corner

White sticker on Right:  R U R’ 

White sticker on Left:  L’ U’ L

(Slap the white side)

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Pyraminx Beginner & Intermediate Methods.

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Which Tutorial would you like next? Let me know in the comments of any of the Youtube videos or a comment on this post

In this Easy Rubik’s Cube Solving for Kids video Tutorial and step by step Rubik’s instruction we saw a simple easy to follow Kids Guide to Solving the Rubik’s Cube.  This is a How to Solve Rubik’s Cube Easy for Kids Tutorial or Rubik’s Cube for Beginners Guide that anyone can use to solve the cube as a brain exercise for children.  We learned How to the Solve Rubik’s Cube with Pictures to follow along with step by step instructions and the How to Solve Rubik’s Cube Video tutorial to see how to solve the speed cube along with Rubik’s Algorithm PDF Downloads.  Anyone can solve the Rubik’s Cube which means you can solve the rubix cube with this Rubiks step by step tutorial.

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  1. WPKevinG on October 5, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    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

    Currently working on Megaminx Easiest Beginner Method

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