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4 Fun Math Problems To Stump Kids

by Phil Mutz
Phil is an Editor at LittleThings. He loves writing and the outdoors. You can often find him at the movies or the park.

Ever since my elementary school math class days, I have loved tackling new and challenging brainteasers and math problems.

Whether they are logic puzzles or hard-to-crack rebus puzzles, each one can be a stimulating way to put my brainpower to the test.

And while I wouldn’t necessarily spend my free time doing math, these exclusive pictorial math puzzles are a fun way to see just how many of my mental skills have survived since the last time I sat in an algebra class.

Scroll through below for four unique problems, each one slightly more difficult than the last. In each puzzle, a specific picture represents a different whole number.

Can you figure out which whole number each picture stands for?

I have to admit that I got two of these rather quickly, but the last two took me a little while. But in all four cases, I enjoyed taking my brain on a trip back to those math class days!

How many of these fun puzzles can you figure out? Let us know in the comments!

Problem #1

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Each of these animals represents a different number.

What number do you get when you add the dog, the cat, and the bird?

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Solution #1

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If you take the square root of 16 in the first equation, you can figure out that “dog = 4.”

Then, when you divide 36 by 4, you get that “cat x cat = 9.” Since the square root of 9 is 3, then “cat = 3.”

If you divide 72 by 4, then by 3, you find that “bird = 6.”

So 4 + 3 + 6 = 13!

Did you get this one right? Scroll down to try your hand at another problem!

Problem #2

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Each of these symbols represents a different number.

Can you figure out what total you get when you add the sun and the moon?

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Solution #2

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To solve this puzzle, you have to figure out which number gives you 125 when you multiply it by itself 3 times (or “cube” it). This reveals that “star = 5.”

Then, when you divide 55 by 5, you find that “sun = 11.”

If you subtract 5 from 38, you are left with 33 divided by 11 reveals that “moon = 3.”

So when you add 11 and 3, you get the answer of 14!

Did you get the correct answer? Keep scrolling to try out the next puzzle!

Problem #3

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It might be time to tap into those algebra skills now.

Can you figure out which number the frowny face stands for?

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Solution #3

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There are several algebraic ways to solve this puzzle.

Firstly, you can subtract the smiley face from the left side of the first equation. That tells you that “frowny face = (13 – a smiley face).”

Now, plug that into the third equation in place of the frowny face.

So, 13 minus a smiley face, minus the second smiley face, equals 1. Subtract the 13 from both sides, change the negatives all to positives on both sides, and divide by 2 to find that “smiley face = 6.”

Plug 6 into the other equations to find that “frowny face = 7.”

Did you get it right? Keep scrolling for one final, tricky puzzle!

Problem #4

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What is the value of the green heart?

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Solution #4

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As with the previous problem, you can solve this equation algebraically. However, you don’t have to necessarily remember your algebra to figure it out.

You can also use trial and error. Which two whole numbers will give you 32 when multiplied?

The answers are 8 and 4, or 32 and 1. However, 32 and 1 wouldn’t make sense, as 32 is too big to be one of the hearts in the other two equations.

And since one of the hearts in the second equation has to be 8 or 4, we discover that only 4 goes in evenly, revealing that “green heart = 4” and that “blue heart = 9.”

This also reveals that “red heart = 8.”

That means the answer to the problem is 4.

These unique math puzzles are a fun and stimulating way to put your brainpower to the test!

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