Match Pyramid

Match Pyramid

3D technology has been around for a while, but we still often see the world in 2D. It’s good to open the mind to new dimensions. Take six matches and demonstrate this.

Guide lines
Ready, Steady, Go!

Put six matches down on a flat surface and then put someone or a group of people to the test.


I’ve got six matches over here as you can see, but I want to arrange them so they make four equilateral triangles… can you do it?

Lend me your ears

Let them have a go with different triangle configurations, it’s not as simple as it seems if you don’t know the answer.

Seal the Deal and Reveal

When they give up, simply create a base triangle with three matches on the table. Then use the other three matches to make a pyramid above.

Some extra lines you can try

  • Have you never been camping before? It’s just like building a tent.
  • Not to be unkind, but the Egyptians built the real pyramids in less time.
  • You could’ve solved it faster if you were wearing 3D glasses.
Alternative ending

Up the stakes by using 12 matches and asking for four perfect squares instead. Apply the same principles, but revealing some reusable household putty or glue to hold the structure together.

Anticipated responses and retorts

Is this how the pyramids were conceived?

Perhaps … but not sure if they had safety matches back then.

You like match puzzles I see – what else can you show me?

Good question – stick around and see.

How many people figure this one out?

Now that would be telling.
Good follow ups
When & where
When to use it
  • When you want to get people thinking laterally.
  • When you want to get people curious.
  • When you want to play with matches.
Where to use it
  • the canteen
  • team building events
  • socializing
  • cocktail functions
  • at the pub
Getting ready
Items required
  • A box of matches
  • Just get your Pythagoras face on and go for it.
Training required
  • Try this once by yourself and you will be ready.
Watch out (potential unexpected effects)
  • Don’t play with fire.

type type

Do It Yourself (DIY)

material material

a box of matches

size size

should fit in your pocket

durability durability

don’t break or burn them and you should be good for a while

source source

the ether

time to impact time to impact

pretty much there and then

size of audience size of audience

one-on-one or a small ground

possible health risk possible health risk

don’t burn anyone

reusable how many times you can use it

just once

training needed training needed

just do it

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