Gen z’s rubik’s cube

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Generation Xers whiled away many hours with the Rubik’s Cube and I suspect the Oblo will be the equivalent for Generation Z.

Oblo is a 3D puzzle made up of differently shaped and coloured spherical pieces that require twisting and turning in order to put it together and to take it apart again. The puzzle consists of an outer layer (the container), a lid and ten puzzle pieces. Through the fixed opening in the outer layer, children must work the puzzle pieces to build individual coloured layers within the sphere.

Although aimed at children aged from two to five years, the degree of difficulty can be increased by changing the colours, making the opening in the outer layer of the puzzle smaller or by increasing the number of layers. It looks so simple but I suspect that it is one of those toys that could have parents up until the wee hours until it is solved – much like my parent’s with the Rubik’s Cube.

The team at Yanko Design have tantalized us before with sensational finds. You can’t buy the Oblo yet, but given that it has won a swag of awards for design ingenuity and the fact that it has puzzle enthusiasts buzzing on their blogs, it will surely hit the shelves sometime in the future – we’ll keep you posted.

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Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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