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Sample Curriculum

MATCHSTICK PUZZLES

Move just two matches and remove dust from the shovel.
Matchstick Brain Teaser

WATER & WEIGHING

If you had a 5-liter bowl and a 3-liter bowl, and an unlimited access to water, how would you measure exactly 4 liters?


NUMBERS & SEQUENCES

The day before yesterday I was 25 and the next year I will be 28. This is true only one day in a year.
What day is my birthday?


rebus puzzles


The following word picture puzzles are pictograms that include a hidden word or a common phrase. Your task is to decipher the rebus puzzles
For instance, on the following picture there is the first word highlighted and the hidden phrase is "first aid".  See if you can guess the others.

first aid rebus puzzle 

ready 4 anything

overboard picture

encrypted phrase



short riddle


What is greater than God,
more evil than the devil,
the poor have it,
the rich need it,
and if you eat it, you'll die?


SACK

A poor farmer went to the market to sell some peas and lentils. However, as he had only one sack and didn't want to mix peas and lentils, he poured in the peas first, tied the sack in the middle, and then filled the top portion of the sack with the lentils. At the market a rich innkeeper happened by with his own sack. He wanted to buy the peas, but he did not want the lentils.
Pouring the seed anywhere else but the sacks is considered soiling. Trading sacks is not allowed. The farmer can't cut a hole in his sack.
How would you transfer the peas to the innkeeper's sack, which he wants to keep, without soiling the produce?


64 = 65 GEOMETRY PARADOX

Where does the hole in second triangle come from (the partitions are the same)?

magic 1


Source:  http://brainden.com/ 


The Longest Rope

 

Tell teams this is a nonverbal problem

You will have 5 minutes to solve this problem.

Your problem is to build a rope out of the materials provided

 

Score will be as follows:

Each 3 inches of the rope will receive 2 points

Creative construction of the rope 1-15

How well the team works together 1-20

 

Give the teams the following materials to work with

4 sheets of paper 1 paper bag 1 envelope

2 pieces of 12 inch string 5 mailing labels

4 straws 10 toothpicks 1 pencil 1 pair of scissors

 

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