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Montshire at Home: Puzzles

Puzzles can help you:

  • Develop spatial and geometry skills.
  • Make the more creative side of your brain work with the more logical side through abstract and quantitative thought.
  • Strengthen problem solving skills, such as making predictions, testing, and adjusting ideas and plans.
  • Develop patience.
  • Relax.
  • Feel a great sense of accomplishment when you (finally!) solve a puzzle.

Spend a week exploring the world of puzzles with Montshire at Home. Check out the videos and downloads of activities that you can easily do at home!


Tangrams are puzzles that were thought to have originated in China around 1,000 years ago and were introduced to Europe and America in the 1800s.

Montshire educator Amy shows us the different ways you can have fun with tangrams. Don’t forget to download a few for you to solve!

A Montshire Tangram Puzzle

You can create some fun shapes with tangrams — even letters! Can you spell out your name using tangrams?

Give it a go, then download our activity sheet to solve tangram puzzles that spell out “Montshire.”

Montshire Cube Puzzle

Puzzles can help you develop numerous skills, including spatial and geometry skills, problem solving skills, and patience!

Explore the many benefits of puzzles through this Montshire cube puzzle!

Peg Solitaire

Peg solitaire, or brainvita, requires you to develop a strategy to improve each time you try and solve it.

Montshire puzzle maven Amy shows us how to play these games. Then, give it a go yourself by downloading our activity guide.

Toothpick Puzzles / Matchstick Puzzles

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

Don’t forget to download the activity guide!

Disentanglement Puzzle

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!