Printable Version of Flora’s Magic Disappearing Bean
You can also download a printable version of Flora’s Magic Disappearing Bean. Students can print this puzzle, cut out the pieces, and try to figure out how swapping two halves of the set of beans can turn thirteen into twelve. (A lot of people say that printing it out makes it much easier to figure out where the extra bean went.)
Flora’s Magic Disappearing Bean is based loosely on a classic nineteenth century puzzle called “Get Off the Earth” by American puzzlemaker Sam Lloyd.