Colored Boxes Puzzle


Copyright 1997 Robert LaFara

This project is rated as EASY.

Materials needed: Computer paper (or card stock), crayons (or colored markers or paint), scissors (or craft knife), tape (or glue)

The purpose of this project is to make four colored boxes which will be used as a puzzle.

The object of the puzzle is to arrange the boxes in a row so that each side of the line of boxes is a single color and that each side is a different color.

First, you must print out the four puzzle patterns.

Color each pattern according to the labels adjacent to each. This picture also shows the colors:

Then cut out each box.

Fold downward along each line so as to make the adjoining pieces at right angles.

Assemble each box. There are four squares in a vertical pattern; join the top of the top square to the bottom of the bottom square using tape or glue. Then the two squares at the sides can be folded in and taped to make the final shape.

(If you need more instructions on assembling your boxes, look at steps 4, 5, 6, and 7 of Aunt Annie's Gift Boxes at:

When you have assembled all four boxes, arrange them in a row so that each side of the row is a different color.

There are over 40,000 ways to arrange the boxes, therefore it is difficult to find the correct arrangement (unless you know the secret.)

(Note: If you have a color printer, you may prefer to print the patterns already colored.)

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