**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 'A-ha' 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!**