2D Rubik Game for Toddlers




For Thaïs, 4 years and a half, I made a '2D rubik game'.

The board has 4 * 3 colored pawns, that can run through a circuit. There are extra strokes on the sides to allow to store a pawn.

Cards show the combination to achieve.

The kid needs to find a strategy to move from the current pattern to the card pattern.

A friend of mine which is speech therapist told me that it is a nice game to develop kids.

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Step 1: Prepare the Pawns

I cut the pawns from a wood curtain bar with the scroll saw, using a guide to have all the same size.

After finding the center, I drilled a hole which doesn't go through for a trunnion.

The trunnions are also cut all the same size.

Step 2: Create the Circuit in the Board.

I used a router to create the circuit.

Not so easy to guide it, and the thickness is big (it burned a little bit in some areas), but at the end it is not so bad.

Step 3: Paint the Pawns

I used spray paint (a lot) to paint the pawns in 4 nice colors.

A face has to remain unpainted since it will slide on the board and will not be visible, it makes the work easier.

Step 4: Assemble

Two pawns and a trunnion are bonded together with the board in the middle.

Step 5: Cards

I used powerpoint to create the cards and printed them on a thick paper.

I laminated the cards with plastic and cut around.

Step 6: Demo

I put legs on the board so that it stands vertical.

Ready to play!

I already published this instructable on my blog (in French), you can visit it if you want to see more projects.


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    20 days ago

    I like it and aim to make one :-)
    It would be nice to have all the dimensions of the differents parts. Could you provide us this ?


    20 days ago

    Great Instructable. Simple and fun. Well done!


    22 days ago

    Love this game idea, i will be making this for my grandsons, could you post pictures of the different cards to make life easier?

    2 replies

    Reply 22 days ago

    I made the cards with PowerPoint and I included the file
    Look carefully you will find it


    Reply 21 days ago

    Hi found the Cards (cartes) didn't see them i till i realised it was in french. Again a great toy for my grand kids


    22 days ago

    I have two grandchildren and I'm sure I'll make them a great skill development game!
    Thank you for your plans and description!

    Penolopy Bulnick

    5 weeks ago

    This seems like such a great game for kids! My daughter is only 2 and a half but I'm tempted to make one now to get her started on it :)