Have anyone at your place that loves a challenge? Here’s a fun little puzzle–called a Soma Cube that’s SIMPLE to make and not all that easy to solve. Luckily there are over 200 ways to form these blocks into a square cube, so it just may not ever go together the same way twice!
I’m thinking–perfect gift for all the wise guys in your world…think Christmas.
First step: Grab some unpainted wooden blocks–any size, you’ll need 27 of them. I used 1 inch, but you could go even smaller…or bigger.
Using wood glue– or regular white glue–start sticking your blocks together. I’ll show you the combinations below.
Be sure to wipe off any glue that squishes out–and work really hard to keep the squares even with each other.
There are seven groups of blocks that make up the puzzle. Are you ready?
You are positively welcome to leave your blocks their lovely natural wood color. It makes putting the puzzle together a bit more challenging, but if that’s your goal–then by all means leave them.
Otherwise, paint each set a different color and allow to dry completely.
Cover each set of blocks with a coat of Mod Podge and again, let them dry completely.
Check back tomorrow and I’ll show you how to solve the puzzle…
one of the ways.
7 Replies to “Soma Cube Tutorial”
Launi, what a great idea! I think my girls would love them. Where did you get your cubes? Or did you just cut them yourself?
Oh, no. I wouldn’t have any idea how to go about cutting my own. Not a huge fan of saws. ha ha.
Any craft store will usually have a wood section. I bought three packages (13 ea) of one inch blocks. The 3/4 inch packs come with 24–so you’d only have to buy 2 packs.
Much easier way to do it.
I love anything that reminds me of Tetris! 😉 This is great!
I might have to make some for John. I think he would like them. So would Mallory in fact. That game they have at Cracker Barrel on the tables, Mallory leaves less pegs than we do. She is a smart one!
I have a couple of kids that would really enjoy this. And yes I’m thinking Christmas – one daddy inparticular would love to share a challenge like this with his three little men. Thanks so much for sharing – I’m off to find some wood blocks.
That looks perfect for my Jonathan!!! I will have to see what I can do. I’m thinking I want to paint them, but maybe paint them all one color. I don’t know, Maybe I will make several sets and give them a some of Jonathan’s siblings and some friends too… so I could try all different ways to paint them!