# MatchStick Puzzles – Changing Directions

My kids were so intrigued by the matchstick puzzles we did yesterday that they wanted to do more of them. You can check the matchsticks puzzles we did yesterday here. Today, I decided to introduce them to a different set of puzzles where they had to change the direction of the given object by moving certain number of matchsticks. It was challenging initially but once they did the first puzzle they got the hang of it. So, let’s get that lateral side of the brain working.

Fallen Chair

The chair has fallen over and we need to move 3 matchsticks to bring it back in the upright position.

The solution would be to move the horizontal matchstick of the fallen chair’s back on top of the front legs so that it becomes the back of the chair in upright position. Place the back legs of the fallen chair under the front leg of the fallen chair. I hope it makes sense.

East – West Facing Chair

A chair is facing in the eastward direction, move 2 matchsticks to make it face in the westward direction

The solution would be to move the two matchsticks from the chair’s back to the left side of the chair such that they make the new chair’s back.

Swimming Fish

A fish is swimming in upward direction, move 2 matchsticks to make it swim in another direction.

The solution would be to move 1 matchstick from the face of the fish so that one of the fins become the new face of the fish and to move in parallel the second matchstick representing the another fin, to the far left , which would become the new fin.

Forward-Backward Facing Dog

A dog is facing in the forward direction, move 2 matchsticks to make it look in the backward direction.

The solution would be to move the two matchsticks such that it’s a mirror image of the triangular face of the dog.

I hope you would have as much fun doing them as we had. It’s a good way to keep our kids away from screen without nagging them while they work on their critical thinking skills.

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Have fun !