March 31, 2009

Homemade Soma cube puzzle

Soma cube puzzle

The Soma cube is a 3D puzzle that consists of 7 pieces of different shapes. These pieces must be assembled into a 3x3x3 cube. There are 240 distinct ways to solve the puzzle. I made a home-made Soma cube puzzle out of small, about 1.5 x 1.5 x 1.5 cm (9/16 x 9/16 x 9/16 inches) colored wooden cubes, like those you can buy at arts and crafts shops. I didn't have to buy them, since we have been using such cubes for a long time — the kids like playing with them. Only 27 cubes in total are needed. I just glued them together with a wood glue, and here we go: now my children can enjoy this amazing puzzle, they solve it or build various 3D shapes out of its pieces: castles, animals, etc.

Soma cube pieces

Some interesting resources about the Soma cube: Soma cube in Wikipedia, Soma cubes, and a lot of stuff on the Soma cube.


Jeanne said...

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

Inna D. said...

Thanks, Jeanne :)

Brooke said...

My teacher would like to buy some of those wood blocks ! do you know where He could get some ?

Inna D. said...

Hi Brooke, sorry for the late response. I don't know where you live, but try art & craft stores.

Anonymous said...

thank you

Anonymous said...

Oh my god , you are my hero . This is was my favorite game in childhood and I didn't know what it is called. I searched in google about wooden cube puzzle and your website showed up :)
That's exactly what I was looking for. Just ordered soma puzzle on eBay . Thank you for sharing this