**Another quick puzzle for those Coffee Shop moments**. You know, that time when you need to stop, rest and grab a quick coffee – but you need to keep your children focused on something more meaningful than mobile phone game.

Well, here’s a **Quick Cafe Challenge!**

This one focuses on getting the children to think through multiple possibilities and to reason out which would be the most effective. This is problem-solving and mathematical reasoning.

## Keep your distance…

You will need a napkin or scrap of paper and a pencil. Draw a 4×4 grid and add a smiley face on the second square along the top like this:

### Here’s the challenge for your children:

**Draw three more smiley faces on the grid, but you must make sure that no two faces are in the line (horizontal, vertical or diagonal).**

To make this easier, let your children practice by placing sugar packets on the squares until they find a good combination.

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ANSWER

Here is the solution:

If your children find the solution quickly, ask them to create a new version of the same puzzle by **placing the first smiley face in a different square**. Alternatively, they could experiment with more faces on a larger grid – what if they worked on a 5 by 5

Alternatively, they could experiment with more faces on a larger grid – what if they worked on a 5 by 5 grid?