
Matchstick PuzzlesThese are derived from matchstick puzzles popular from the time when candles and gas lighting meant that almost everyone carried a small box of matches with them. As a pastime, many would know of examples of these lateral thinking puzzles. We can supply premade kits of matchstick puzzles with full instructions and safe sticks  they make an ideal activity for a club! Contact us for more details of prices and ordering details. If you want to give these puzzles to children to try, please avoid using live matches. Toothpicks are much safer! Solutions are given to each puzzle but remember  you will get much more from solving the puzzle yourself rather than from just being told the solution, and they do all have a solution. The puzzles are not all solved in the same way, they require a bit of lateral thinking and in fact are a good way of exercising different parts of your brain and different thinking styles. Why not give them a go! We are currently developing a updated version of this puzzle page allowing you to add your own matchstick puzzles. Please try it here and let us know what you think by posting comments in the forums. Turning the DonkeyThanks to Caleb M. Rosenberg for this puzzle which he learned from a waiter named Bomin for the Philippines. Move 1 matchstick to turn the donkey. Solution here. 2 squares to 3Move 4 matches to make 3 squares  puzzle solution (puzzle supplied by Mike Daigneault, solution supplied by us, alternate solution supplied by David Tiffany) 10 to 2 squaresMove 3 matches to make 2 squares  puzzle solution (puzzle supplied by Tabitha King) 15 to 10From this arrangement of 15 matches, remove 6 to leave 10  puzzle solution (puzzle supplied by Bill Cramp) Swimming FishTurn the fish around by moving only 3 matches, no overlapping. puzzle solution Then try and turn the fish by moving only 2 matches, no overlapping  puzzle solution Remove a square (twice)Move 2 matches to new positions to get only 4 squares, no overlapping or loose ends. puzzle solution Move 3 matches to new positions to get only 4 squares, no overlapping or loose ends. puzzle solution 16 squares to noneRemove 9 matches so that no square (of any size) remains  puzzle solution 3 squares to 5Move 6 matches so that 5 squares are formed  puzzle solution Make 3 squaresMove 3 matches to get 3 perfect squares  puzzle solution Divide by 2Use the four matches to divide the large square into 2 parts of the same shape. Use the matches without breaking or overlapping them  puzzle solution 3 Triangles to 4Move 3 matches to make 4 equilateral triangles, no overlapping  puzzle solution 4 Squares to ManyTake this arrangement and with the following moves: Move 2 matches to make 7 squares  puzzle solution Remove 2 matches and leave 2 squares  puzzle solution Move 3 matches and leave 3 squares  puzzle solution Remove 3 matches and move 2 to form 3 squares  puzzle solution Move 4 matches and form 3 squares  puzzle solution Remove 1 match and move 4 to make 11 squares  puzzle solution 3 to 6Make these 3 matches into 6, no breaking into pieces  puzzle solution A wheel to TrianglesMove 4 matches to form 3 equilateral triangles  puzzle solution 5 add 6 makes 9Add 5 matches to these 6 matches and make 9  puzzle solution Ice in the Glass(Easy) Move 3 matchsticks and reform the glass in the same shape so the ice is outside it  puzzle solution (Harder) Move 2 matchsticks and reform the glass in the same shape so the ice is outside it  puzzle solution 7 to nothingFrom these 7 matches, take 1 away and move 2 to leave nothing  puzzle solution SquareMove one match to make a square  puzzle solution 4 TrianglesUse 6 matches to make 4 equilateral triangles (no broken matches)  puzzle solution 2 Triangles to 4Move 1 match to make 4 triangles  puzzle solution 
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