Try out some lateral thinking as you solve these toothpick puzzles, also known as matchstick puzzles. Lateral thinking is a thought process that requires a creative approach as opposed to a purely logical approach
The Handcuff Puzzle is a type of disentanglement puzzle that requires you to take apart or untangle parts of puzzles that aren’t completely attached. This type of puzzle falls into a study of geometry called topology—the mathematics of distortion.
Montshire puzzle expert Amy explains how to do a handcuff puzzle at home. Then download our activity and give it a try!