Match
Stick Puzzles (Get Your Students Solving Problems with simple
materials)

 Match
Stick Puzzle One: You are an office supervisor and the matchsticks show the
movable office walls. One of your workers gets a promotion so you need to rearrange
the walls so that each person has a square office. NB You must use all of
the matches. 
 Match
Stick Puzzle Two:
Using ten matches make two squares.

 Match
Stick Puzzle Three: Remove
only three matches and leave three triangles. 
Tips
and Tricks:
 Draw the original puzzle positions on the board so the
students can go back to the first position.
 When handing out the matches,
give out one box between 4 students and have them distribute the matches to their
friends.
 Admit to your class that you don't know the answers to these problems
then sit and solve the puzzles with the students.
 Demonstrate being a lifelong
learner by doing the puzzles with the students and perhaps put off the onset of
dementia for a few more years :)
 Set some homework that requires the children
to find more examples of match stick problems.
The
Solutions:
 You will gain so much more by perservering at these puzzles
until you get the solution.
 The 'Aha' feeling is so much sweeter if you
solve the problem yourself.
 The solutions are just a click away, it would
be sooooooo easy just to give up but resist the temptation!
 The puzzle
solutions are but a click away... I'm sure you have more strength than
that. Don't click!