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The theories and challenges that go together to make a Puzzle Challenge Day

Why not try one of our puzzle challenge days? These school thinking skills workshops are great for teamwork, educational and fun. Find out more.
A Puzzle Challenge Day will enable your students to raise their own expectations of what they can achieve. By solving problems and conquering challenges which initially seem too difficult, the student starts to see that they can achieve goals which previously may have seemed too difficult.

Therefore, every programme focuses on achievement rather than competition. Every puzzle is age and ability appropriate. Students are genuinely challenged, but they will discover that every puzzle can be solved by using the right strategies and effective teamwork. 
Here are some images of students from different Key Stages in action during actual school programmes... 

The team try to balance 24 penguins at the same time on top of a floating iceberg!

Removing a ring from a set of handcuffs.

Solving a series of hands-on brainteasers.

The coloured pieces will fill the frame easily enough, but when you’re asked to arrange them so that no two colours the same appear next to each other, suddenly it’s much harder!

Further examples of the challenges which students in various Key Stages will conquer, raising their own expectations of what they can achieve in the process...

Creating loops of colour from tiles
Constructing giant marble runs.

24 squiggly pieces which genuinely fit together to create a solid shape. The students need to work out what that shape is... and there is an additional, devilish catch. The pieces are not quite what they seem...

This puzzle involves recreating pictures which seem to involve pieces floating in mid air. It seems impossible until you realise that there are magnets involved! 

Key Stage 1 try their hand at creating a map of a town.


The whole group come together to brainstorm their way through a particularly difficult challenge as they try to work out how to balance 12 nails from the top of one further nail.

20 tiles with identical jigsaw cuts, that somehow need to go together to make one continuous road. 

This may look like a jigsaw, but it’s actually a colour code-cracking puzzle.