Match Fish

By moving just three matches can you make it look as
though the fish is swimming to the left?

Match Match Match Match Match Match Match Match



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  • Luke Seymour, Sheffield Park Academy
  • Can you make a supermarket by moving 1 match?

    PLACE 16 MATCHES TO CREATE 4 SQUARES 2 top, 2 bottom

    move one so it spells CO OP
  • Whitly Bay High,
  • This was a good starter it got the children thinking.
  • Miss Star, Newport Middle
  • The kids enjoyed it they found it out in around 20 mins they wanted to do it again and again !
  • Mr Moroca, Dykehouse College
  • I found this really interesting and my class enjoyed doing this starter!
  • Awesome Girl 2012, Eden Prarie, Minnesota Voted Best City To Live In
  • I learned about this from my 4th grade enriched math teacher. This is a good website.
  • Transum,
  • This is a great problem solving activity which is really effective if pupils are working in small groups of two or three. The grouping encourages discussion, justification and explanation of ideas. There are more similar puzzles to be found by following the links below. Don't use live matches though!

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Laptops In Lessons

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