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

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• Luke Seymour, Sheffield Park Academy
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• 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,
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• This was a good starter it got the children thinking.
• Miss Star, Newport Middle
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• The kids enjoyed it they found it out in around 20 mins they wanted to do it again and again !
• Mr Moroca, Dykehouse College
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• I found this really interesting and my class enjoyed doing this starter!
• Awesome Girl 2012, Eden Prarie, Minnesota Voted Best City To Live In
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• Transum,
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• 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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#### Stick Squares

Move four sticks to new positions in the arrangement so that there are three squares instead of two.

Transum.org/go/?to=stick

#### Matchstick Puzzle

Move three matches to new positions in the diagram so that there are five squares instead of three.

Transum.org/go/?to=matchstick

#### Matchstick Patterns

Create a formula to describe the nth term of a sequence by examining the structure of the diagrams.

Transum.org/go/?to=matchpat

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 Teacher, do your students have access to computers such as tablets, iPads or Laptops?  This page was really designed for projection on a whiteboard but if you really want the students to have access to it here is a concise URL for a version of this page without the comments: Transum.org/go/?Start=May26 However it would be better to assign one of the student interactive activities below.

Here are the URLs which will take them to the other interactive stick moving activities.

Transum.org/go/?to=Match

Transum.org/go/?to=Matchstick

Transum.org/go/?to=Stick

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