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Five Arrows Puzzle

I’m excited about trying out this five arrows puzzle with my students when we start back to school next week! Can you rearrange the four arrows to form five arrows?

five arrows puzzle

As soon as I saw this puzzle in The Big Book of Brain Games by Ivan Moscovich, I knew I had to make a version for my classroom. This was one of two new puzzle books I added to my collection this summer.

Five Arrows Puzzle Hanging on Dry Erase Board.

I printed off the four arrows on colored paper, laminated them, and added ceramic disc magnets on the back of each piece.


drawing of laminator machine with text "laminating recommendations"

A laminator is a MUST-HAVE for me as a math teacher! I spent my first six years as a teacher at a school with a broken laminator, so I had to find a way to laminate things myself.

I’ve had several laminators over the years. I currently use a Scotch laminator at home and a Swingline laminator at school.

I highly recommend splurging a bit on the actual laminator and buying the cheapest laminating pouches you can find!

My dry erase board is magnetic, so students can easily move around the pieces as they try to solve the puzzle.

Big Book of Brain Games Book Cover.

Free Download of Five Arrows Puzzle

5 Arrows Puzzle (PDF) (6220 downloads )

5 Arrows Puzzle (Editable Publisher File ZIP) (1723 downloads )

Want more puzzles? Check out my puzzles page!

Puzzle Solutions

I intentionally do not make answers to the printable math puzzles I share on my blog available online because I strive to provide learning experiences for my students that are non-google-able. I would like other teachers to be able to use these puzzles in their classrooms as well without the solutions being easily found on the Internet.

However, I do recognize that us teachers are busy people and sometimes need to quickly reference an answer key to see if a student has solved a puzzle correctly or to see if they have interpreted the instructions properly.

If you are a teacher who is using these puzzles in your classroom, please send me an email at with information about what you teach and where you teach. I will be happy to forward an answer key to you.

Kristen Allen

Tuesday 9th of November 2021

Just discovered your puzzles page and I LOVE it!


Thursday 4th of November 2021

Starting a puzzle center. Love your puzzles! Thank you!

Darlene Gannon

Wednesday 3rd of November 2021

These puzzles are awesome!

Tiffany Steele

Friday 15th of October 2021

Hello! May I have the solutions to the arrow puzzles?

Sarah Carter

Friday 15th of October 2021

Emailed you, Tiffany!

Kari C

Friday 8th of October 2021

My students and I love your puzzles! Thanks for sharing :)

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