21 Matchstick Puzzles That Test Your Logic Skills

Matchstick Puzzles Test Logic Skills

Playing with matches can be hazardous, but not always. Do you know matchstick puzzles are great fun and can boost your logic skills? Plus you don’t have to strike the matches! These puzzles will only fire up your brain. 

Here are 21 matchstick puzzles for you that will test your ability to incorporate logic into the thinking process when analyzing a problem in order to come up with a solution. Let’ see how many puzzles you can solve without looking at the solution. 

1. 2 triangles to 4

Matchstick Puzzles Test Logic Skills triangle
21 Matchstick Puzzles That Test Your Logic Skills

Here are two triangles made of six matches. Move only two matches to new positions to form 4 triangles. You are allowed to overlap matches. 

Solution 

Keep the matches in the left hand triangle intact. 

From the right hand  triangle, pick one match on the far right and place it on the gap between the two original triangles at the top. Then pick the bottom right match and place it across the middle of the two new triangles. 

Now you can see two new small triangles within the two bigger triangles – a total of four triangles. 

Matchstick Puzzles Test Logic Skills triangle solution
21 Matchstick Puzzles That Test Your Logic Skills

2. Swimming fish

Matchstick Puzzles Test Logic Skills swimming fish
21 Matchstick Puzzles That Test Your Logic Skills

Move only 3 matches so that the fish swims to the right. No overlapping.

Solution

Matchstick Puzzles Test Logic Skills swimming fish solution
21 Matchstick Puzzles That Test Your Logic Skills

3.  Move 2 matchsticks to form 3 triangles.

Matchstick Puzzles Test Logic Skills move make triangles
21 Matchstick Puzzles That Test Your Logic Skills

Solution 

Move the top two matches from the bigger triangle and touch it to the top vertices of the smaller triangle that will make the three triangles.

Matchstick Puzzles Test Logic Skills move make triangles solution
21 Matchstick Puzzles That Test Your Logic Skills

4. 1 Arrow to 2

You need to form 2 smaller arrows by moving 4 matches only. 

Matchstick Puzzles Test Logic Skills one arrow to two
21 Matchstick Puzzles That Test Your Logic Skills

Solution

Matchstick Puzzles Test Logic Skills one arrow to two solution
21 Matchstick Puzzles That Test Your Logic Skills

5. Move 2 matchsticks to form 11 squares.

Matchstick Puzzles Test Logic Skills move make square
21 Matchstick Puzzles That Test Your Logic Skills

Solution 

Matchstick Puzzles Test Logic Skills move make square solution
21 Matchstick Puzzles That Test Your Logic Skills

6.  Create a square by moving just 1 stick

Matchstick Puzzles Test Logic Skills make square by one stick
21 Matchstick Puzzles That Test Your Logic Skills

Solution 

Move the north pointing stick slightly to the top so it’s bottom edge meets the other matchsticks’ ends forming a square in the negative space.


Matchstick Puzzles Test Logic Skills make square by one stick solution
21 Matchstick Puzzles That Test Your Logic Skills

7. 16 squares to none 

Matchstick Puzzles Test Logic Skills squares to none
21 Matchstick Puzzles That Test Your Logic Skills

Remove 9 matches so that no square (of any size) remains.

Solution

Matchstick Puzzles Test Logic Skills squares to none solution
21 Matchstick Puzzles That Test Your Logic Skills
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