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A matchstick puzzle is a rearrangement puzzle in which a number of matchsticks are arranged as squares, rectangles or triangles. The puzzles are not all solved in the same way, they require a bit of lateral thinking.

Matchstick Puzzle
Is a rearrangement puzzle in which a number of
matchsticks are arranged as squares, rectangles or triangles. The problem to solve is usually formulated as
move n (some specified number) matchsticks to make m (another specified number) squares (or triangles,
or rectangles). However some of the puzzles require lateral thinking (methods of thinking concerned with
changing concepts and perception) and are not just about making geometric shapes.
Below are some matchstick puzzles:
10 to 2 squares
Move 3 matches to make 2 squares 
puzzle solution
Thanks go to Learning Tree for use of their puzzle image.
15 to 10
From this arrangement of 15 matches, remove 6 to leave 10 
puzzle solution
Thanks go to Learning Tree for use of their puzzle image.
Swimming Fish
Turn the fish around by moving only 3 matches, no overlapping 
puzzle solution
Thanks go to Learning Tree for use of their puzzle image.
Then try and turn the fish by moving only 2 matches, no overlapping 
puzzle solution
16 squares to none
Remove 9 matches so that no square (of any size) remains 
puzzle solution
Thanks go to Learning Tree for use of their puzzle image.
3 squares to 5
Move 6 matches so that 5 squares are formed 
puzzle solution
Thanks go to Learning Tree for use of their puzzle image.
Make 3 squares
Move 3 matches to get 3 perfect squares 
puzzle solution
Thanks go to Learning Tree for use of their puzzle image.




Puzzle Solutions  A matchstick puzzle solution is a solved matchstick puzzle. A matchstick puzzle is a rearrangement puzzle in which a number of matchsticks are arranged as squares, rectangles or triangles.
The most relevant links we could find, placed here free
15 Match stick Puzzles
 with solutions and downloadable pdf from Puzzle Playground. www.puzzles.com
Matchstick Puzzle by DS
 is a game for the Nintendo DS by Mercury Games. It has more than 150 different puzzles. www.mercurygames.com
Matchsticks
 is a game by Novel Games. You can play online or download and install on your Windows PC to play
(the .NET Framework 2.0 must be installed and an internet connection needed for the game to run). www.novelgames.com
Ze's Matchstick Puzzle Game
 Play these flash based match stick puzzles online. Solutions provided. www.zefrank.com
Match stick Puzzles
 About 20 puzzles with solutions  fun for all ages. www.learningtree.org.uk
10 Match stick puzzles
 with solutions. www.brainden.com
7 Match stick puzzles
 with solutions. www.blifaloo.com
Divide by 2
Use 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
Thanks go to Learning Tree for use of their puzzle image.
3 Triangles to 4
Move 3 matches to make 4 equilateral triangles, no overlapping 
puzzle solution
Thanks go to Learning Tree for use of their puzzle image.
4 Squares to Many Matchstick Puzzle
Take this arrangement and with the following moves:
Thanks go to Learning Tree for use of their puzzle image.
Move 2 matches to make 7 squares 
puzzle solution 1
Remove 2 matches and leave 2 squares 
puzzle solution 2
Move 3 matches and leave 3 squares 
puzzle solution 3
Remove 3 matches and move 2 to form 3 squares 
puzzle solution 4
Move 4 matches and form 3 squares 
puzzle solution 5
Remove 1 match and move 4 to make 11 squares 
matchstick puzzle solution 6

