Have your students ever heard of an interlock puzzle? An interlock puzzle is a seemingly whole object that actually consists of several different pieces that are assembled together in such a way that it won’t fall apart when released. The difficulty with these types of puzzles is on how they can be disassembled and re-assembled back together.
This smartboard game provides players with several different interlock puzzles, and challenges them to dismantling the figures (the use of the keyboard is required, and a Smartboard Wand is highly recommended). The puzzles become increasingly difficult as the students progress, which in turn exercises both their patience and their logical thinking.
Group play can be conducted by giving each team a time limit to complete the most number of puzzles that they can. The group who finishes the most (or who solves the last puzzle the game can provide) wins.
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It can’t be difficult to move stones so that they’re all sitting beside one another, right? But what if, instead of lifting them, you can only move them in a straight line, in a limited space? How many moves will you have to make before all the stones are together?
This puzzle challenges your students’ logical thinking (along with yours) by asking them to slide a given set of rounded stones into one of four directions until all five of the same color are touching. Not only will they have to use each stage’s terrain to meet their objective; sometimes the stones’ positions themselves will help them.
There are many ways to turn this game into a challenge for group play. The students can play a certain number of levels, the winning group of which would be the ones where the least number of moves were made. Alternatively, the groups would play until the stars awarded by the game are less than a certain number the teacher had set – whomever reaches the farthest level wins. Or this could, once again, be a game where the students can pit themselves against their teacher to see who is better. Whichever mode is chosen, this game is sure to be fun and challenging for everybody!
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