How good are your kids at math? Would you like to test them while having fun at the same time?
What better way to do that than playing a game of math riddles with your kids?
It is fun; it makes your kids think, and it enhances your kids’ math skills. Also, it challenges your kids’ lateral thinking. As a result, they gather more knowledge about math skills.
And did I tell you that riddles can help your kids develop creative problem-solving abilities too?
Isn’t that awesome?
When I was a kid, I used to hate math. And I still do! Math was the only subject that I disliked so much.
And not to mention how weak I was in this subject! So I really hope my daughter likes math and is good at it.
One of the best ways to make your kids like math and find it interesting is by playing math riddles with them.
There are many branches of math – from geometry and arithmetic to number theory and algebra. So, what kind of math puzzles would be suitable for kids?
Well, here I have come up with a list of some exciting and engaging math riddles for kids. Some are easy, some are difficult, and some are funny. All you need is to go through them and see which section is perfect for your little one!
Let’s get your kids’ brains to work!
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Interesting Math Riddles for Kids
Math is such a subject that most kids don’t find it interesting. Of course, there are a handful of kids who actually like this subject and find it interesting.
Do your kids fall under the first category?
Well, then, making it interesting to them is your task. And one such way to do that is by introducing number riddles to them.
Numbers are not always boring, you know. And you have to make your kids understand that.
But, while you do that, you need to remember that the math puzzles should be such that your kids become engaged in them and they match their ages perfectly.
Short Math Riddles for Kids
As you are introducing math riddles to your kids for the first time, those should be able to pique their interests.
Your kids should be able to relate to those puzzles. And once they do that, there is no looking back. Then, it will be only about time that they themselves ask you to play the game of riddles with them.
So, let’s start with some short math riddles to give your kids’ minds some time to warm up. What say?
Q: It starts with P and ends with Y; it is a mathematical study of luck and chances. What is it?A: Probability.
Q: How many days will 4 years have?A: 1461 days; 365 x 4 = 1460; but a leap year comes once in every four years. So one of those years will have a day extra (366 days).
Q: It starts with Q and ends with T; it is related to divisibility. What is it?A: Quotient.
Q: It is greater than 6 and smaller than 12. Is the total number of fingers on both hands?A: 10.
Q: It is a 2-digit number, with the same digit in both ones and tens. The digits added twice results in a ten. What is the number?A: 55.
Q: It is a 3-digit number less than 130; if you add the digits in the ones and hundreds place, you get the tens number. What is the number?A: 121.
Q: Seema reads one new book every 30 days; how many books does she read in one year?A: 12.
Q: It is endless and boundless. It looks like a sleeping 8 number. What is it?A: Infinity ∞.
Q: I have as many apples as the number of days in one week. How many apples do I have?A: 7.
Q: It is three times nine and one less than the days in February. What is the number?A: 27.
Q: It is a mathematical formula and includes all four basic mathematical operations. What is it?A: B.O.D.M.A.S.
Q: It is greater than 50 and smaller than 100 and is known as a diamond jubilee. What is the number?A: 75.
Q: What is more than 40 and less than 60 lies precisely between 40 and 60? What is the number?A: 50.
Q: What is less than 100 and greater than 50, and the product of 8 and 8?A: 64.
Q: If you add it twice, you get a century, marking a golden jubilee. What is the number?A: 50.
Q: It is a number when used before another number; the value remains the same, but when used after a number, it increases the value by 10 times. What is it?A: 0.
Q: 4 times this number is a century, and twice is half-century. What is the number?A: 25.
Q: Tommy is 100 cm tall, and his friend Harry is 1000mm tall. Who is taller?A: Both have equal heights.
Q: It is neither composite nor prime, and the number remains the same when multiplied by any number. What is it?A: 1.
Q: It is an even number and the smallest of all the prime numbers. What is it?A: 2.
Q: It is a 3-digit number; if you add all three, the value is the same as the total of the digits at the tens and hundreds place. What is the number?A: 100.
Q: It is less than half of 100 and is the result of seven times 7. What is it?A: 49.
Q: What is common in table 2 and 5, and what is the total of all the digits in both your hands and legs? What is the number?A: 20.
Q: It comes after 15, is less than 20, and is the product of four times 4. What is it?A: 16.
Q: It is more significant than 50 and is the total number of weeks in a year. What is the number?A: π pi.
Q: It is a two-digit number. The number at the tens place is one number bigger than the number at one’s place. What is the number? It is the total number of teeth an adult human has.A: 32.
Q: It is round in shape, rhymes with sing, and can be found on a girl’s fingers. What shape is it?A: Ring.
Q: What starts with an A, ends with an E, and is found in a square, rectangle, and triangle? What is it?A: Angle.
Q: It is round in shape but not a circle or an oval. What is it?A: Sphere.
Q: This important sign starts with a D, ends with a T, and is used in morse code. What is it?A: Dot.
Q: It is found in every house, in every room, and in polygons and quadrilaterals. What is it?A: Corner.
Q: This is an essential part of a shape that starts with D and ends with R; it is a straight line; it passes through a circle’s center. What is it?A: Diameter.
Q: What is pointless, and is a geometrical shape and looks like a plate? What is this shape?A: Circle.
Q: It starts with A and ends with the same, calculated while painting a wall. What is it?A: Area.
Q: It is a 3d shape with 6 faces and 12 edges, but it’s not a cube. What is it?A: Cuboid.
Q: It starts with V and ends with E, something familiar in a cylinder, sphere, and music speaker. What is it?A: Volume.
Q: It looks like a chocolate bar, and also, as a door, it has a total of 4 sides with 2 sets of equal opposites. What is it?A: Rectangle.
Q: It has two equal opposite parallel sides but not a rectangle. What is it?A: Parallelogram.
Q: This shape starts with E and ends with L; it is the pathway of a heavenly planet. What is it?A: Elliptical.
Q: It is a 3D shape and part of our favorite ice cream. What is it?A: Cone.
Q: This important shape starts with an H, ends with E, and is part of a sphere. What is it?A: Hemisphere.
Q: It has 6 faces, 12 edges, and 8 vertexes and looks like a dice. What is it?A: Cube.
Q: This is a five-lettered word common in a circle and a ring. What is it?A: Round.
Q: It is the sum total of a quadrilateral’s sides; it is also calculated while fencing a plot.A: Perimeter.
Q: It has 4 equal angles and 4 equal sides. What is it?A: Square.
Q: Is it an attribute of a circle and helps find a circle’s perimeter? What is it?A: Radius.
Q: This well-shaped word starts with a C and ends with an E; it is the perimeter of a circle. What is it?A: Circumference.
Q: It is a quadrilateral and looks like a kite. What is it?A: Rhombus.
Q: It is round but not a circle; it resembles the shape of a hen’s egg.A: Oval.
Q: It has six sides and is also found in a beehive. What shape is it?A: Hexagon.
Easy Math Riddles for Kids
Now that your kids have become familiar with the concept of math riddles, it’s time to move on to the longer ones. But let’s keep the difficulty level the same as in the previous section.
Your kids will learn to pay attention to longer puzzles, remember the lines and search for the right answers in their heads.
And once they succeed in that, their confidence level will increase, and they will look for more difficult math puzzles!
Q: It is a three-digit number; the digit on the tens place value is 6 more than the digit on the place value of ones. The digit on the hundreds place value is 8 less than the tens. What is the number?A: 193.
Q: Two mothers and 2 daughters spent the day baking but only baked 3 cakes. How is it possible?A: Only 3 people were baking. There was one mother, her daughter, and her daughter’s daughter.
Q: Johnny painted 100 plates on 100 apartments, which means he painted from number 1 to 100. How many times will he have to paint the number 7?A: 20 times. 7, 17, 27, 37, 47, 57, 67, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 87, 97.
Q. By adding the sides of the triangle you get me. What number am I?A. The number three.
Q. One equals to four; Two equals to eight; Three equals to twelve; Then four equals to?Ans: One; Because if 1 = 4; then 4 is also = 1
Q: If a dozen eggs cost 0.12 dollars. How many eggs will you get in 1 dollar?A: 100 eggs, costing one penny each.
Q: At the aquarium, Leiha tries to put each goldfish in its own tank, but there is no tank left for one goldfish. So she tried putting two goldfish per tank, and now one tank remains empty. How many tanks and goldfish are there?A: 4 goldfishes and 3 tanks.
Q: I added 5 to 9; it was 2; just to cross-check, I started counting again from 9 and again got 2. The answer is correct; how?A: 9’o clock, add 5 hours to it, and you will get 2’o clock.
Q: Harry was on the way to the museum. He met a man with 4 sisters holding 4 baskets. All the baskets contain 4 dogs, and each of these 4 dogs has 4 puppies. So in total, how many were going to the museum?A: Only Harry is going to the museum.
Q: If it takes 5 men 9 hours to build a bridge, how long would it take 10 men to build the same bridge?A: Zero, the bridge is already made.
Q: Darek has a huge family. He has 10 aunts, 10 uncles, and 30 cousins. Each cousin has one aunt who is not Darek’s aunt. How is this possible?A: Their aunt is Darek’s mother.
Q: Sheldon has a bag of cotton, which weighs 1 pound, and another bag of 1 pound full of iron fillings. Which bag will be heavier?A: Both weights are the same; 1 pound is 1 pound, no matter what the object is.
Q: Mrs. Jamie has 6 sons, and each of them has a sister. What is the total number of kids Mrs. Jamie have?A: 7 because the brothers have just one sister in common.
Q: Two ducks lay 3 eggs in 3 minutes. Consider this the maximum possible speed; how many ducks will be needed to get 300 eggs in 300 minutes?A: 2 ducks.
Q: There are 100 houses in the neighborhood where Sam and his brother live. Sam’s house number is the reverse of his brother’s house number. The difference between their house numbers ends with 2. What are their house numbers?A: 19 and 91.
Q: It is a 3-digit number; the 2nd digit is four times bigger than the 3rd digit, and the first digit is three lower than the 2nd digit. What is the number?A: 141.
Q: Can you find a way to get 23 using only the number 2?A: Use fractions, 22+2/2=23.
Q: What can you place between 5 and 6 to make the outcome bigger than 5 but less than 6?
A: A decimal, the result will be 5.6, bigger than 5, and less than 6.
Q: If a boy is 9 years old and his father is 47, can you find out how old his father will be when he is 21?A: 59.
Q: Multiply this digit with any other number; you will get the same answer every time. What is the number?A: 0.
Q: What would you be able to put between 7 and 8 to make the result greater than 7 but less than 8?A: The decimal – 7.8, It is greater than 7 and less than 8.
Q: How many times could you subtract the number 10 from 100?A: Only 1 time; once you minus 10 from 100, it will not be 100 anymore.
Q: If it rains at midnight, the weather forecast says that tomorrow and the next day will be clear. Will it be sunny weather in 48 hours?A: No, in 48 hours, it will again be dark outside, so no sunny weather.
Q: These are 3 different numbers that give the same result when combined and multiplied. What are these numbers?A: 1,2,3. 1+2+3= 6 and 1×2×3=6.
Q: What is common in the numbers 11, 69, and 88?A: They read the same when read from the right side and upside down.
Q: If there are six oranges in a basket and you took four, how many do you have?A: Four, you have four, you took four, and two are still in the basket.
Q: It starts with P, ends with R, and is a side of a right-angled triangle. What is it?A: Perpendicular.
Q: It is an odd digit number, but it becomes even when you remove one letter. What is the number?A: Seven.
Q: It starts with P and ends with S; it is the name of a triangle’s theorem. What is it?A: Pythagoras’s theorem.
Q: This one-digit number is more than 3 and less than 9. It is the number of sides in 2 triangles. Can you find out the number?A: 6.
Q: Abel bought a rooster for laying eggs, and if Abel expects to obtain four eggs per day for breakfast, how many eggs will Abel have after four weeks?A: None; rooster does not lay eggs.
Q: If two is a twin and three is a triplet. What are 4 and 5?A: 9.
Q: This number is more than 4 and less than 8. And 1 more than the fingers you have in your one hand. Can you help me find the number?A: 5.
Q: Which statement is correct: “Eight and six are fifteen” or “Eight and six are fifteen”?A: None of them are correct: 8+6=14.
Q: Alan purchased four different flavored ice cream from the market. The price of strawberry ice cream was 3$, chocolate ice cream 5$, vanilla ice cream 4$, and pineapple ice cream 3$. What was the total cost of ice cream?A: 15 $
Q: What is a math teacher’s favorite dessert?A: Pie
Q: Jack, Nancy, and Rebecca attended a basketball game together and bought one ticket each. How many tickets did they buy in total?A: 3
Q: Sally went to the market to purchase 1 dozen eggs. How many eggs did she get?A: 12
Q: Create an equation with eight eights so that the numbers add up to one thousand.A: 888 + 88 + 8 + 8 + 8 = 1000
Q: How many sides are there in a square?A: Four
Q: Jack goes to the supermarket and buys 10 potatoes. Unfortunately, on the way back home, all but 9 get ruined. How many potatoes are left in good condition?A: 9!
Q: When my mother was 30 years old, I was 9. I am 40 years old, so what will be her age now?A: 61 years old
Q: What can you put between a 4 and a 5 so that the result is more significant than a 4 but less than a 5?A: a decimal. For example 4.8
Q: If your friend has 5 apples and 4 pears and you take 2 apples and 1 pear from him/her. What is the total number of apples and pears left with your friend?A: 3 apples and 3 pears
Q: Which number stays the same, no matter what you multiply it with?A: 0
Q: If 8 = 2, 666 = 3, 9=1, and 9090 = 4, what is 618902 equal to?A: 618902 = 5.
Q: What comes before 11 and after 15?A: 10 and 16
Q: When Jake was 8 years old, his little brother, Shawn, was half his age. If Jake is 20 years old today, how old is Shawn?A: 16
Q: Write down the number of times you can subtract 10 from 25.A: Just once! The moment you take away 10 from 25, it becomes 15 and doesn’t stay 25
Q: A mattress and bed sheet set costs $110 in total. If the mattress costs $100 more than the bedsheet, how much did the mattress cost?A: $105. Breakdown: Let X = mattress, and Y = bedsheet. X + Y = 110, and X = Y +100. In all, Y+ Y +100 = 110, which means Y = 5. Therefore, the bedsheet costs $5. And since the mattress cost $100 more than the bedsheet, the mattress’ cost = was $105
Q: If you multiply 8 with any other number, the number will remain the same: What is the number we are talking about?A: Zero
Q: Suzi has 3 mangoes and 2 pears in one hand and 2 mangoes and 4 pears in the other. How many pears and mangoes did Suzi have?A: 5 mangoes and 6 pears
Tricky Math Riddles for Kids
The subject of math itself seems difficult to most kids. And when it comes to solving puzzles on this particular subject, many kids run away!
But, if you have already introduced math puzzles to your kids with the easy ones, they may have started to find those interesting.
In that case, they will want to explore more of these puzzles and not run away.
The math brain teasers in this section are for them. These are really mind-boggling! Go through them to believe it.
Q: A brand new cellphone and its phone cover cost $100. The cost of the cellphone is $100 more than the price of the phone cover. What is the price of the phone?A: $ 105. The price of the phone is $100 more, so when the cover cost is $5. The phone will cost $105.
Q: Bella has two books, one book is faced upside-down, and the other book is placed in a way that the top of the book is facing Bella. What is the total sum of the first pages of both books?A: 1+1=2. The first page of every book is marked as one, doesn’t matter how they are placed.
Q. A class has 12 kids. Out of them 6 are wearing socks, 4 have put on shoes, and 3 kids are wearing both. So, how many of them are bare feet?A. Five.
Q. 2 father and 2 sons go fishing. They catch one fish each. But, they bring home just 3 fish. Why?A. Because, the group had one grandpa, his son, and the son’s son as well. So that brings it to – 2 fathers and 1 son – a total of 3 people.
Q, You are the owner of a pet store. Now, if you put a single canary per cage, you will have 1 bird to many. If you put two canaries in each cage, you will have 1 cage too many? So how many canaries and cages do you have in all?A. 4 canaries, and 3 cages.
Q: Multiply all the numbers on the number pad of a telephone. What would you get?A: 0. The telephone number pad has the number 0; 0 multiplied by any other number is 0.
Q: You can only use addition to add eight 8’s in such a way so that you get the number 1000?A: 888 + 88 + 8 + 8 +8 = 1000.
Q: Double the number and then multiply the number by 4. Divide the outcome by 8, and you will get the initial once more. What number is it?A: Any number, when a number is doubled and multiplied by 4 and divided by 8, the answer is the original number.
Q: The sum total of the age of a mother and daughter is 66. The mother’s age is the daughter’s age reversed. There could be three different possibilities to this riddle’s answer. What would be their ages?A: 51 + 15= 66, 42 + 24=66, or 60 + 06 =66.
Q: For shipping, Teena can either place 8 big boxes or 10 small boxes inside a carton. 96 boxes were sent in one consignment; small boxes were less than big boxes in number. What was the total number of cartons shipped in the consignment?A: Small boxes: 4×10= 40. and big boxes: 7×8=56. Total of 96 boxes and 11 cartons.
Q: There are seven elf siblings, all born 2 years apart. If the youngest elf is 7 years old. What would be the age of the oldest brother?A: 19.
Q: If 100 is divided by half. What would be the result?A: 100÷1/2 = 100×2/1= 200.
Q: It starts with I, ends with R, and basic numbers with symbols of + and -. What is it?A: Integer.
Q: When Mili was 8, her sister was half her age. Now, Mili is 14. How old is her sister?A: 10, half of 8 is 4, so Mili’s sister is 4 years younger.
Q: Imagine you are going to the movies, and you’re the one paying. According to you, would it be cheaper to take one friend to the film two times, or two friends to the movies simultaneously?A: the latter! Because that way, you’re only paying for 3 tickets, unlike the former where you’re paying for 4.
Q: Once upon a time, 5 children were living in the same house near the countryside. The age difference between them was 3 years. If the youngest child was 3 years old, what was the age of the 3rd child?A: 9 years old
Q: Anna brought home a rooster for eggs. If the rooster sits on the fence and lays two eggs and one falls on the other side, is it Anna’s or her neighbor’s?A: Neither Anna’s nor her neighbors because roosters don’t lay eggs
Q: Am I wrong if I say a circle has two sides?A: No, a circle has an inside and an outside, so the statement is correct.
Q: Jill has 3 sons, each of whom has a sister. How many kids does Jill have?A: 4, the brothers have one sister
Q: It takes 10 men two months to dig a tunnel. How many days will it take 20 men to dig the same tunnel?A: 0, the tunnel’s already dug!
Q: What can you put between 4 and 6 to make the answer greater than 4 and lesser than 6?A: a decimal point. 4.6 is greater than 4 and lesser than 6
Q: Two moms and two daughters are baking. Yet, there are only 3 cakes at the end. How is this possible?A: There are only 3 people in the kitchen, one mother, her daughter, and the daughter’s daughter!
Q: What three numbers give you the same result, whether added or multiplied?A: 2+2+2 = 6 and 2x2x2 = 6
Q: If 2 is a twin and four is a quadruplet, what are 3 and 5?A: 8
Q: If you add this number with another number, the result is always more. However, you get nothing if you multiply this number with any other number. What is it?A: 0
Q: It starts with an H and ends with an S; it is the longest side of a triangle. What is it?A: Hypotenuse.
Q: It is a polygon with 3 sides and 3 vertexes. What is it?A: Triangle.
Q: You have ordered a pizza for a dinner of eight. How many times do you need to cut the pizza to get eight slices?A: You need to cut it four times.
(The explanation: When you cut one time, you divide the pizza in half. When you slice it two times, you get four pieces. Consequently, you will get eight slices if you cut the pizza four times.)
Q: Bees love geometry. What’s their favorite figure?A: It’s a hexagon.
Q: Two fathers and two sons make wooden chairs. If each makes a wooden chair, why are there only three produced?A: It’s because there are only three people – a father, his son, and his son.
Q: I’m an odd number. But if you remove a letter from my name, I will become even. What number am I?A: Seven
Q: It’s round but not a circle and looks like an egg. What is it?A: It’s an oval.
Q: What is the product if you multiply all numbers on a phone’s dial pad?A: It’s zero.
(The explanation: Since the phone dial pad ends with a zero, multiplying anything by zero equals zero.)
Q: What should you add to 55,555 to equal 500?A: The minus sign.
Q: A farmer bought a rooster to sell eggs for $0.1 each. The rooster lays five eggs a day. The question is, how much will the farmer earn in a week?A: The farmer will earn nothing because roosters don’t lay eggs.
Q: Which statement is correct: 12 plus 17 is 28, or 17 plus 12 is 28?A: Both are false because 12 + 17 = 29.
(The explanation: This trick distracts attention from math to verb and number agreement. However, it doesn’t matter since both equations are wrong.)
Q: What takes place once a year, twice a week, and never in a day?A: It’s the letter E.
Q: What does a plant grow in a math class?A: It grows square roots – ba dum tss!
Q: I’m a place in a city, but I am also a math problem solution. The math problem is: What should you multiply by six to get a cube?A: Times Square
Q: What should you do to correct 81 x 9 = 801?A: Just turn the numbers upside down. 18 x 6 = 108.
Q: If a dozen eggs cost $0.12, how many eggs can you buy for a dollar?A: You can buy 100 eggs.
Q: A snail is in a 20-meter-deep pit. It climbs five meters but slides five meters back every day. How long will it take for a snail to escape the hole?A: It will take 16 days.
(The explanation: At first sight, it will take 20 days. On the first day, the snail reaches one meter. On the second day, it reaches two meters: 1 + 5 – 4 = 2. On the third day, it climbs three meters. Finally, on day 15, it reaches 15 meters.
But on day 16, the snail reaches 20 meters, and it doesn’t fall back because it escapes the pit.)
Q: Lorenzo was born in 1988. In 1968, he was 20 years old. How could that be?A: It’s because Lorenzo was born in 1988 B.C. We count time backward – 1968 B.C. is 20 years later than 1988 B.C.
Q: I will be everything if you put me on my side. I will be nothing if you cut me in half. What am I?A: The number 8.
(The explanation: If you put 8 on its side, it will become an infinity symbol ∞. If you cut it on its “waist,” it will become two zeros 0 0.)
Q: An older woman dies on her 24th birthday. How can that be?A: She was born on February 29, in a leap year. It occurs once every four years. Consequently, 24 x 4 = 96.
Q: Figures with sides have it, but a circle doesn’t. What is it?A: It’s an angle.
Q: It’s midnight now, and it’s raining. The weather forecast says it will be warm and sunny for the next two days. Will it be sunny in 48 hours?A: No, it won’t be sunny weather because it will also be midnight in 48 hours.
Q: What is half of 2 plus 2?A: Half of 2 equals 1; 1 +2 = 3.
Q: It’s neither a circle nor an oval but round. What is it?A: It’s a sphere.
Q: It’s the longest side of the triangle, starting with H and ending with E. What is it?A: It’s a hypotenuse.
Fun Math Riddles for Kids
Riddles are always fun. But when the riddles are on a subject like math, most kids see it like an exam! At least, I did when I was in school.
Do your kids fall in this group too? Then how about making the whole math puzzle thing a little fun this time?
Following are some fun math riddles that are sure to make your kids’ fear of solving them go away.
And yes, you can thank me later!
Q: You must take two from five and still have four. How?A: F IV E, remove 2 alphabets, F and E, and you will be left with the Roman number IV.
Q. You were running a race. You passed the person who was in the second position. So, what would your position be now?A. Second; because you overtook the person who was in the second position.
Q: It is a well-known word that starts with G and ends with a Y; it is a mathematical study of shapes and sizes. What is it?A: Geometry.
Q: It is the reciprocal of 9 multiplied by 2 and the product of 9 times 9. What is the number?A: 81.
Q: There is an empty container with a diameter of one foot. How many total numbers of oranges can be put in this empty container?A: One, when you place one orange, the container is no longer empty.
Q: It starts with G, ends with H, and is a pictorial representation of mathematical data. What is it?A: Graph.
Q: I am correct if I say a circle has 2 sides. Can you point out the sides?A: Inside and Outside.
Q: This is a 5-digit number; when the last three digits are added, the answer is 0, the digit at the one’s place is the smallest odd number, and the digit at the ten thousand places is the product of 4 and 2. What is the number?A: 8 1 000.
Q: Bill went to the museum. He met a man with 4 women holding 4 baskets. All the baskets contained 4 dogs, and each of the dogs had 4 puppies. How many creatures went to the museum?A: Only Bill.
Q: There is an empty box with a diameter of one foot. How many oranges can be put in this empty box?A: One, after placing one orange, the box is no longer empty.
Q: What can we call a polygon with 3 sides and 3 vertices?A: Triangle.
Q: How can the circle have two sides?A: Inside and Outside.
Q: This shape has six sides and can be found in a beehive. What shape is it?A: Hexagon.
Q: One bag of one pound is full of cotton, and another bag of 1 pound is full of iron. Which bag is heavier?A: Both weigh the same.
Q: How can you get 23 using only the number 2?A: 22+2:2=23.
Q: There are seven sisters, all born 2 years apart. If the youngest sister is 7, what would be the age of the eldest one?A: 19.
Q: What will you get if you multiply all the numbers on the number pad of a telephone?A: 0, as 0 multiplied by any other number is 0.
Q: There are 3 positive numbers. You can add or multiply these numbers together, getting the same result. Which are the numbers?A: 1, 2, and 3.
Q: Jack has the same number of brothers and sisters. His sister has half as many sisters as his brothers. How many children are in the family?A: 7 children, 4 sons, and 3 daughters.
Q: How can it be if you get 2 adding 5 to 9?A: 9 am, add 5 hours to it, and you will get 2 pm.
Q: If a mother has seven sons, and each son has a sister, how many children does she have?A: 8 children, 7 sons, and 1 daughter.
Q: A quarter of the animals on a farm have four legs. The remaining three-quarters of the animals have two legs. If there are 60 legs overall, how many animals are there on the farm?A: 24.
Q: A grandfather, two fathers, and two sons went to a baseball game together and bought three tickets. How could that be?A: There were three people the grandfather is also a father, and the father is also a son
Q: Write down the following number in the pattern: 2, 3, 5, 8, 13…A: 21.
Q: When Anna was 50, her daughter Mary was half her age. If Anna is 60 years old today, how old is Mary?A: Mary is 35 now.
Q: How can you make 45 using only 4?A: You have to use fractions: 44 + 4/4 = 45 because 4/4 = 1.
Q: A family has five sons, and each has a sister. How many kids does a family have in total?A: The family has six kids – five sons have one familiar sister.
Q: What should you place between 3 and 4 to make it bigger than 3 but smaller than 4?A: It’s a decimal point: 3.4.
Q: There are four oranges, and you take three. How many do you have?A: You will have three oranges.
Q: John was going to visit a horse racing event. He met five women with four cats, three women with seven dogs, and one man with a Galápagos tortoise. How many people and animals watched the horse racing contest?A: It’s only John because nobody mentioned others go with John.
Q: Suppose you have three ostriches on your farm laying three eggs in three minutes. How many ostriches do you need to produce 700 eggs in 700 minutes?A: Only three. You don’t need additional birds because three ostriches lay eggs at a fixed pace.
Q: Isabella has a huge family: 20 cousins, ten aunts, and ten uncles. Each cousin has an aunt who’s not Isabella’s. How is that possible?A: This aunt is Isabella’s mom.
Q: Two math books complain to each other. What do they tell each other?A: I have so many problems.
Q: When David was eight, his little brother Alex was half his age. David is 30 now. How old is Alex?A: Alex is 26.
(The explanation: David was eight, while Alex was four. Their age difference doesn’t change with time. David is still four years older than Alex, no matter what.
Q: A farmer decided to give his animals pocket money. He pays $13 to a rooster, $39 to a bee, and $52 to a spider. How much will a cat and a dog get?A: Both a cat and a dog will get $26.)
(The explanation: A rooster has two legs, so it gets $6.5 per leg. The bee has six legs, so it gets 6.5 x 6 = 39. The same goes for a spider. A dog and a cat have four legs each: 6.5 x 4 = 26.)
Q: I say that 6 + 7 = 1. How can that be possible?A: I talk about time because 6 am + 7 hours is 1 pm.
Q: Which month has 28 days in it?A: Since all months are 30-31 days long, and February has either 28 or 29 days, they all have 28 days.
Q: What if I say you can multiply any number by another and get the same answer? What is this number?A: It’s zero. Multiplying anything by 0 = 0.
Q: Mom baked 24 cookies for six kids. How many cookies does each of them get?A: Each kid will get four cookies.
Q: You have a ten-pound bag of duck feathers. Sam has a ten-pound bag filled with gold ingots. Which bag is heavier?A: Each kid will get four cookies.
Q: How many times can you subtract 5 from 25?A: You can subtract it only once. 25 – 5 = 20, and it’s no longer 25. If you keep on, you will subtract 5 from 20, then 15, and so on. None of these numbers is 25 anymore.
Q: There is an empty basket, three feet in diameter and one foot deep. How many oranges can you put in this empty basket?A: Just one. If you put something in an empty basket, it’s not empty anymore.
Q: A long 400-feet train travels 400 feet per minute. It goes through a 400-feet tunnel. How long does it take for a train to travel through the tunnel?A: It will take two minutes. It takes one minute for the nose of the train and one more minute for its last wagon.
Q: William is a historian. He takes two from five and gets four. How does he do that?A: He takes letters F and E from FIVE and gets IV – Roman four.
Q: Bob adds three numbers. Afterward, he multiplies the same numbers and gets the same result. What are these numbers?A: 1, 2, 3.
The explanation: 1 + 2 +3 = 6; 1 x 2 x 3 = 6.
Q: If you toss a coin five times, and it lands tails up each time, what are the chances it will land heads up the next time?A: A coin lands either tails or heads, so there is a 50% probability of each outcome no matter how many times you toss a coin.
Q: I put three matches on a table. I ask you to add two matches to get eight. How can you do this?A: You can make Roman eight: VIII.
Q: A sphere has three, a circle has two, and a point has zero. What is it?A: Dimensions. A sphere has three dimensions, a circle has two, and a point has no dimensions.
Q: Suppose you have six oranges and six melons in your right hand and 24 apples and eight watermelons in your left hand. What do you have?A: You have such big hands!
Q: Amy has as many apples as there are months in a year. How many apples does she have?A: 12 apples.
Q: A triangle is very rude. What does it say to a circle?A: You’re pointless.
Benefits of Math Riddles for Kids
You want your kids to learn math in a fun way as you want them to develop a liking for this subject, right?
And you thought about introducing math riddles to them. But you are not sure how these number riddles can benefit your kids.
So, here I am, all set to let you know about the benefits of math riddles for your kids!
1. It Makes the Subject Enjoyable
Now, it’s a no-brainer. Riddles are, no doubt, funny – no matter their topic.
Riddles have the power to make you laugh. It kind of makes the whole environment lighter and happy whenever you read them, share them with someone, or ask others.
And your kids are no exception to it. They find it funny.
If your kids don’t like math but want to find the subject interesting, you can introduce math riddles to them. Trust me, no matter how much your kids hate math, they will surely enjoy the riddles.
You can teach them complex math problems through riddles. And when you see that spark in their eyes because they solved a math problem, your effort will be worth it.
Don’t you think so, too?
2. Your Kids Will Not Fear Math Anymore
Do you know why many kids don’t like math?
Well, it’s because they fear this subject. The same was the case with me when I was in school. Whenever it was math class, I used to pray to God to end the class soon.
I was so scared of this subject that I thought that I could never solve math problems.
I remained the same until I was in college and could choose my subjects. Then, it was a kind of a relief for me.
But your kids don’t have to be like me! The more they are NOT like me, the better.
And that you can do by introducing math riddles to them at an early age. This will allow you to talk about this dreaded subject in a light and relaxed environment.
Your kids will not feel any extra pressure, and who knows, they may start liking math!
Wouldn’t it be great?
3. Your Kids Become Fluent with Numbers
Not everyone is good with numbers. But what if your kids are?
Great, isn’t it?
When you ask your kids math riddles, they play with the numbers in their heads. Then, they put different numbers in the equation, intending to solve the riddle.
And they do this matching and mismatching of numbers repeatedly in their heads until they come to a solution, or you tell them the answer.
Doing so makes them fluent with numbers. In addition, they develop skills for using mental images and solving riddles.
4. Your Kids Become Familiar with the Different Branches of Math
Do you know exactly how many branches there are in math?
Well, there are so many that you can lose count of it! For example, there are algebra, geometry, calculus, trigonometry, and statistics. And then there are analysis, number theory, arithmetic, combinatorics, topology, and set theory – to name a few.
When you introduce math riddles to your kids, they, in a way, get to know about all these branches of math. This can be very helpful for them when they go to higher classes.
Your kids will be one step ahead of their peers, as they are already familiar with certain branches of math through riddles.
5. It Boosts Their Learning
Did you know that there was research published in Australia in the year 2011 which stated that playing math puzzles can enhance your kids’ learning?
So, yes. Math riddles do benefit your kids.
When you let your kids learn something in a fun environment or in a fun way, they respond to it better than a traditional teaching method.
And who can forget how riddles can make your kids confident in math?
6. It Helps Your Kids with Strategic Thinking
I already said that math lets your kids clearly understand a certain mathematical branch. But did you know that it gives your kids’ problem-solving skills a huge boost too?
When you have just started introducing math riddles to your little ones, they develop an understanding of how to do math and its rules.
But when they grow up and get the hang of it, they start thinking more strategically. This enhances their thought process. They begin to push themselves further.
7. It Prepares Your Kids for Tests
Do you want your kids to appear for academic tests like the 11+, CAT, and SAT?
Then, asking your kids to solve match riddles can prove fruitful.
They start thinking mathematically when you tell your kids math riddles and ask them to solve them. It not only enhances their reasoning skills but also boosts their working memory.
Also, riddles in math improve their understanding of different concepts that are non-verbal, such as numbers, shapes, and space.
Isn’t that awesome?
How was your time with your kids? Did they enjoy the math riddles for kids? And do you want me to add some more to the list?
Don’t forget to let me know in the comments!
Hi, I am Claudia, I run TheQueenMomma’s content creation team, personally focusing on topics which add joy to people’s life. You would usually see me writing on topics like Jokes, Riddles, Truth & Dare as well as Baby Names etc.
In my professional career, I have a Bachelor’s and Master’s in sociology and specialize in media and crime. Once I finished my education, I began my career working as a journalist, reporting on various topics like crime, justice and family law. Even though I valued journalism, I came to the realization that I wanted to have a more immediate impact in people’s lives as well as bring joy to them.