Name: Infinity Cube
Coping: Physical, Distraction, Soothing
Introduction to the Infinity Cube
The Infinity Cube holds the distinction of being my favorite fidget toy to date. At first glance, it looks a little bit like the lesser known cousin of the Rubik’s Cube, and I didn’t think much of it when I first saw it. The real measure of a fidget toy though is how much you find yourself using it. From the first moment I picked up, the Infinity Cube has been my favorite, and I’ve yet to find another fidget that comes even close.
What is an Infinity Cube?
The Infinity Cube is a series of eight blocks hinged together in such a way that you can flip the blocks and change the shape of them over and over without stopping or back tracking. This ability to “keep going” gives rise to the “infinity” part of the name. If you’ve never used one, imagine a folded sheet of paper that you can continuously unfold over and over again without ever completely unfolding the paper
The infinity cube is both addicting and soothing as you manipulate the blocks using either one hand or two. When you first start using it, you will find yourself concentrating on how it works. This can be an effective coping mechanism as it diverts your attention from whatever you are dealing with. As you use it more and more though, you will get the feel of it and how it works and find yourself using it without even thinking about it. (I sometimes use mine while working on the computer – for example as I write this!) The sound of the blocks folding and unfolding as well as the constant motion in your hand can be very soothing not to mention the tactile feeling of the cubes.
How Much Does it Cost?
Like many fidget toys, the Infinity Cube comes is variety of materials and sizes. They are also manufactured to varying levels of quality. You can get a cheap plastic version for $5 or so though these lose some of their effectiveness in their lack of quality. A good plastic Infinity Cube will cost from $10-$15 dollars and works well. One of my new favorites (the OctoCube) is rubber coated a little bit smaller than most infinity cubes, and costs approximately $10. I also sprang for a high quality metal one for personal use that cost me in the range of $20-$25.
Appeal Rating (5 Smiles)
We give the infinity cube an appeal rating of 5 out of 5 smiles. If we could have given it a higher rating, we would have. As indicated above, the Infinity Cube became, and still remains, our favorite fidget toy. They are fun to use and hard to resist. They help kids (and adults) cope in a variety of ways. The constant movement of the cubes has a soothing impact and the physical manipulation of the toy can be a welcome distraction.
Durability Rating (5 Stones)
We give the infinity cube a durability rating of 5 out of 5 stones. While it would seem like the numerous hinges might make this fidget toy more susceptible to breaking, we haven’t found that to be true. Particularly our metal infinity cube had withstood all kids of use, dropping, falling and multitude of little hands without any signs of excessive wear and tear.
Portability Rating (4.5 Bags)
We give the infinity cube a portability rating of 4.5 out of 5 bags. We really wanted to give it a five. After all, when all eight blocks are aligned flat, it will easily fit into your pocket. Even as a cube, it’s easy to hold. However, it would likely be a little large to carry around in your pocket (the OctoCube is a good alternative), and that is the only reason we knocked off half a bag.
Noise Rating (4.5 Decibles)
We give the infinity cube a noise rating of 4.5 out of 5 decibles. The infinite cube is by no means loud. That said, there is a “banging” together of the cubes that does make some noise. If you use it gently, you can minimize the noise, but who wants to do that?
Overall Rating (5 Fidgets)
We give the infinity cube an overall rating of 5 out of 5 fidgets. No surprise here! The Infinity Cube is our favorite when it comes to fidget toys. It is fun, engaging, easy to use and just the right amount of addicting. If you plan get only one fidget toy for yourself, or someone else, make it the Infinity Cube!
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