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## Math riddles for kids

A grandfather, two fathers and two sons went to the movie theater together and everyone bought one movie ticket each. How many tickets did they buy in total?

3 (the grandfather is also a father and the father is also a son)

A cell phone and phone case cost $110 in total. The cell phone costs $100 more than the phone case. How much was the cell phone?

$5 (not $10)

A duck was given $9, a spider was given $36, a bee was given $27. Based off of this information, how much money would be given to a cat?

$18 ($4.50 per leg)

If you buy a rooster for the purpose of laying eggs and you expect to get three eggs each day for breakfast, how many eggs will you have after three weeks?

Zero, roosters do not lay eggs

If the zookeeper had 100 pairs of animals in her zoo and if two pairs of babies are born for each and every one of the original animals, and then sadly 23 animal don’t survive, how many animals do you have left in total?

977 animal (100 x 2 = 200; 200 + 800 = 1000; 1000 – 23 = 977)

A little boy goes shopping and purchases 12 tomatoes. On the way home, all but 9 get mushed and ruined. How many tomatoes are left in a good condition?

Nine

If it took 6 people 9 hours to build a barn, how long would it take 12 people to build the same barn?

None, the barn is already built!

Eggs are $0.12 a dozen. How many eggs can you get for a dollar?

100 eggs, at one penny each

Jeff has $28.75. He purchased three cookies that cost $1.50 each, five newspapers that each cost $0.50, five flowers for $1.25 each, and used the remainder of the cash on a pair of sunglasses. How much were the sunglasses?

$15.50

Maria went to the bread store to buy a loaf of bread for dinner. She had 2 quarters, 4 dimes, 3 nickels and 2 pennies. The total cost of the bread $0.82. She promised to make sure she had exactly 1 coin remaining after purchase. Which coins did she have left after buying the loaf of bread?

One of the quarters

## Math riddles for kids 2

In an alien land far away, half of 10 is 6. If the same proportion holds true, then what is 1/6th of 30 in this alien land?

If you multiply this number by any other number, the answer will always be the same. What number is this?

Zero

How can you add eight 4s together so that the total adds up to 500?

444 + 44 + 4 + 4 + 4 = 500

A huge bag of garlic bulbs weighs 294 lbs divided by 1/6th of its weight. How much does the bag of garlic weigh?

42 lbs (1/6th of 42 is 7; 294 ÷ 7=42)

Jennifer passed away at a very old age on her 26th birthday. How can this be?

She was born on February 29th of a leap year

If 66 = 2, 999 = 3, 8=2, 0=1, 9696=4, 8123=2, 98=3 and 88=4, then what does 816982 equal?

Six, each circle is equal to one. For example, 6 has one circle, 8 has two circles in it.

If four men can build four tables in four hours, how many tables can eight men build in eight hours?

16 tables

Frank was born in 1932 and died in 1950, at the age of 74. How can this be?

He was born in room 1932 and passed away in room 1950 of the same hospital

There are 2 ants in front of 2 other ants, 2 ants behind 2 ants and 2 ants next to 2 ants. How many total ants are there?

Four ants, standing in a square formation

What can you put between a 5 and a 6 so that the result is greater than a five, but less than a six?

A point or period (5.6)

## Math riddles for kids 3

A bicycle rider is traveling south at 25 mph, a truck passes the bicyclist also traveling south at 40 mph. Simultaneously, the bicycle rider passes a jogger who is running in the same direction south at 5 mph. Which will move away from the bicyclist at a quicker pace, the car or the jogger?

The jogger, because the difference in speed is greater between the jogger and bicyclist than the car and the bicyclist

If you take my son’s age and multiply it by one and a half times his age you get 24. How old is my son?

4 (4 x 6 = 24)

A woman was driving on the highway when she suddenly got a flat tire. She pulled over and removed the flat tire and was about to replace it with the spare when all four of the wheel nuts were blown by a huge gust of wind off the side of the road and down the cliff. There was no way the woman could get to them. She sat down perplexed and frustrated until a bicyclist passed by and pointed out that she had all the wheel nuts she needed. She applied the advice and safely drove away. What was the advice?

Take one wheel nut off of the other 3 nuts and put it onto the spare so that each wheel had 3 nuts.

Sunday, Melinda and Susan went to the cafe for a cup of tea. The total cost of the bill was $12 and was divided equally among the friends. Melinda paid $4 and Susan paid $4 as well. Who paid the remaining $4?

Their friend Sunday

Which month has 28 days?

All of them of course!

What’s the easiest way to double your money?

Put it in front of a mirror.

What has a face and two hands but no arms or legs?

A clock

What 4 days of the week start with the letter ‘t’?

Tuesday, Thursday, today and tomorrow.

What goes up and doesn’t come back down?

Your age.

If two’s company and three’s a crowd, what are four and five?

## Math riddles for kids 4

What has a thumb and four fingers but is not alive?

A glove.

What occurs once in every minute, twice in every moment and yet never in a thousand years?

The letter m.

What occurs twice in a week, once in a year but never in a day?

The letter e.

If there are 4 apples and you take away 3, how many do you have?

You took 3 apples so obviously you have 3.

Where do fish keep their money?

In the river bank.

How did the soccer fan know before the game that the score would be 0-0?

The score is always 0-0 before the game.

If two’s company and three’s a crowd, what are four and five?

If there are four apples and you take away three, how many do you have?

You took three apples so obviously you have three.

Where do fish keep their money?

In the river bank.

Two fathers and two sons go fishing. Each of them catches one fish. So why do they bring home only three fish?

Because the fishing group comprises a grandfather, his son, and his son’s son – hence just three people.

## Math riddles for kids 5

I add five to nine, and get two. The answer is correct, but how?

When it is 9am, add 5 hours to it and you will get 2pm.

The ages of a father and son add up to 66. The father’s age is the son’s age reversed. How old could they be?

There are three possible solutions for this: the father-son duo could be 51 and 15 years old, 42 and 24 years old or 60 and 06 years old.

What weighs more – a pound of iron or a pound of feathers?

Both would weigh the same – come on, a pound remains a pound, irrespective of the object!

If a rooster laid 13 eggs and the farmer took eight of them and then another rooster laid 12 eggs and four of them were rotten, how many of the eggs were left?

Roosters don’t lay eggs!

I am an odd number; take away an alphabet and I become even. What number am I?

Seven (SEVEN-S=EVEN)

Using only addition, how can you add eight 8’s to get the number 1,000?

888 +88 +8 +8 +8 =1,000

Two fathers and two sons sat down to eat eggs for breakfast. They ate exactly three eggs, each person had an egg. Explain how?

One of the ‘fathers’ is also a grandfather. Therefore, the other father is both a son and a father to the grandson. In other words, the one father is both a son and a father.

Divide 110 into two parts so that one will be 150 percent of the other. What are the 2 numbers?

44 and 66.

There are a mix of red, green and blue balls in a bag. The total number of balls is 60. There are four times as many red balls as green balls and 6 more blue balls than green balls. How many balls of each color are there?

Blue balls = 15

Red balls = 36

Green balls = 9

Red balls = 36

Green balls = 9

How many times can you subtract the number 5 from 25?

After the first calculation, you will be subtracting 5 from 20, then 5 from 15, and so on.

The ages of a father and son add up to 66. The father’s age is the son’s age reversed. How old could they be?

51 and 15

42 and 24

60 and 06

42 and 24

60 and 06

King Tut died 120 years after King Eros was born. Their combined ages when they died was 100 years. King Eros died in the year 40 B.C. In what year was King Tut born?

King Tut was born in 20 B.C. There were 120 years between the birth of King Eros and the death of King Tut, but since their ages amounted to only 100 years, there must have been 20 years when neither existed. This would be a period between the death of

King Eros, 40 B.C., and the birth of King Tut, 20 B.C.

King Eros, 40 B.C., and the birth of King Tut, 20 B.C.

I am a three digit number. My tens digit is five more than my ones digit. My hundreds digit is eight less than my tens digit. What number am I?

Number 194.

Why is six afraid of seven?

Because seven eight nine!

Joe bought a bag of oranges on Monday, and ate a third of them. On Tuesday he ate half of the remaining oranges. On Wednesday he looked in the bag to find that he only had two oranges left. How many oranges were originally in the bag?

He had 6 oranges to start with, and ate 2 the first day and 2 the second day.

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