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Ideas for Kids Fun Indoors- Matchstick Puzzles

Updated on June 1, 2013
Stuck Indoors? Get up! Lets Have Some Fun.
Stuck Indoors? Get up! Lets Have Some Fun.

Winters are near, and we tend to spend more time idling indoors rather than keeping ourselves busy outdoors, when we are free. Nowadays kids, youth and even grown ups are usually so addicted to technology, we are sticking to our laptops or cellphones like our life depends on it. If by any chance there's a power cut or load shedding and you encounter the sheer bad luck of an empty battery, it feels like a dead end disaster [my case for sure]. Or lets suppose the case is something else, from getting stuck with babysitting kids to unfortunately suffering from a leg fracture ... some indoor leisure activity that does not involve technology but some of your brain can help you loosen up and relax a little. Believe me, I've tried it. So i presented my point that its not JUST for winters and snowy outdoors, lets move forward.

Matchsticks can be Fun!
Matchsticks can be Fun! | Source

Here i'm sharing a few matchstick puzzles that i've not only subjected to my family members, but have also laid out in my classes and family gatherings to my friends, relatives and teachers and have enjoyed the savory moment of their utter confusion. However it's not always that savory- when i hit a few working brains, but it's always fun to do and share it.

All you need is a matchbox. Now settle down and work out how many of these brain teasers do you score on. Some are easier, some takes time, some are tricky, but believe me, matchsticks can be so fun!.

FARMER PUZZLE

12 matchsticks will be needed for every player. Arrange it the way shown in the figure below. Now each of you is a farmer who own four cows; each field having one cow and the match sticks are their fenced fields.

Four Cows - Farmer Puzzle
Four Cows - Farmer Puzzle | Source

Puzzle 1

If one cow dies, rearrange the fences such that the remaining three cows each get a square field.

Puzzle 2

Now another cow dies and you are left with 2 cows. To earn more money you sold your two fences, and you are left with 10 fences. Now go back to original arrangement and with only 10 matchsticks make 2 square fields for your last two cows.

PERFECT MATCH

Each player needs 3 matchsticks. Arrange them as shown in the figure below.

You are required to remove 3 matchsticks to get 3 triangles.

Triangular Design
Triangular Design | Source

TRIANGLE TRICKS

Each player needs 9 match sticks. Now here we made one triangle from 3 matchsticks.

Triangle from 3 matchsticks... Prett Easy...duh. Any one would have done it.
Triangle from 3 matchsticks... Prett Easy...duh. Any one would have done it. | Source
So what problem could be there to make 3 triangles out of 9 matchsticks!
So what problem could be there to make 3 triangles out of 9 matchsticks! | Source

Now the real challenge! Make 4 triangles out of 9 matchsticks.


GRID PUZZLE

Arrange 12 matchsticks in the pattern shown in the figure below. What you gotta do is now to move 3 matchsticks to make 3 identical squares. (Ahan! Here comes a relief- There can be more than one correct solution!)

The Grid of 12 Matchsticks
The Grid of 12 Matchsticks

A DIFFICULT ONE

Every player needs 24 matchsticks. First arrange 16 matchsticks in a LARGE "L" shape, as given in the following figure:

A Large "L" out of 16 matchsticks
A Large "L" out of 16 matchsticks

Now you are left with 8 matchsticks. Make 4 more "Ls" inside this Large "L". You can take your time- this one is a lil hard! ;>

A Tricky One

Lets see the genius in you! Give each player 4 matchsticks and arrange them exactly as set out below:

Solve it, genius! ;)
Solve it, genius! ;)

Now, make a square by moving only ONE matchstick!


So here you go...put your mind and your matchsticks in and come up with what you can. I'll soon pop in with a treat- the hub containing solutions for all the dear geniuses who tries!!! :) Till then...Have Fun!

How many puzzles were you able to solve before/without looking at the solutions?

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      Nimra Aijaz 5 years ago from Steel Town

      For all those who tried these matchsticks puzzles - Thanks a lot fellow hubbers for liking it and waiting for so long for the answers! :) The Solutions for this hub are now available. Please visit the hub link mentioned below this hub and check your results :) And don't forget to vote on the poll to know how much did you score before watching the answers! ;)

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      richbrayan 6 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      That's alright ;) Eid Mubarak(Hope I got that right) I'll try my hands on them next time im bored at home ....Great hub :)

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      Nimra Aijaz 6 years ago from Steel Town

      Haha richbrayan thanks for reading my hub and actually trying out the puzzles. :) I'm glad you figured it out- that qualifies you as a genius! ;P

      As i'm so busy nowadays with the festivities of my cousin's wedding and Eid occasion here...i got absolutely no time to upload the Solutions Hub. But it'll try my beat to bring it round to you all in a week. I'll appreciate it so if you all give your feedback on that. :)

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      richbrayan 6 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      i figured it out :p

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      richbrayan 6 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Ok ive been thinking about the last one for quite a while now....it's virtually impossible to make a sqaure out of three match sticks

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      Nimra Aijaz 6 years ago from Steel Town

      Susan Starts Now; It's great that you liked it. and ah! it's a pleasure to know that i diverted your attention to one of the most important long forgotten accessory that i m sure every one has been intrigued with at least once in their childhood! ;)

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      Nimra Aijaz 6 years ago from Steel Town

      Thanks a lot eye say and sharma92tushar, for appreciating the hub. It's nice to have you drop by and comment. :)

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      Susan Starts Now 6 years ago from California

      Like your hub. You gave some cool, fun ideas, although it seems like it's not as easy to find matches as it used to be.

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      sharma92tushar 6 years ago from Jaipur, India

      Really informative! I'd really try these.

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      eye say 6 years ago from Canada

      love this :O)

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      Nimra Aijaz 6 years ago from Steel Town

      Thanks for dropping by and liking it hypnosis 4u2! Do share your experience with the puzzles and did you get them all or not. :) I'll for sure create the Solutions Hub in a week! ;)

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      hypnosis4u2 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Love this hub - good read and informational... and fun.

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