Puzzle: How old am I?

Here’s a classic puzzle you should try with your child:

My uncle was 31 when I was 8.  Now he is twice as old as I am.  How old am I?

More Puzzles: Smarty Buddy App

Here’s a Solution:

First find the difference in ages.  It is 31 – 8  = 23.

The difference in ages does not change with time, of course.  My uncle will always be 23 years older.  So if my uncle is twice as old, I must be 23.

Elegant solution for a problem that might be hard to solve at first.

Quick visual puzzle

 What is our weight?

A great mathematical problem solving activity for kids and parents to work out the weight of all three animals in the fourth image.  Can you answer this question correctly?

Visual Puzzle
Visual Puzzle

Earth Day Time Game

Earth Day Game
Earth Day Game

Check out this Earth Day time matching game.  All you need are tokens and dice.  See how fast you can match the digital time to the clock!

 

CoGAT Test Prep or Practice with Smarty Buddy

All children are gifted and talented.   Not all kids fit into the standards that school systems and educational institutions deem as the cutoff for gifted and talented designation. Every child deserves to be offered the most challenging material in school to progress in his or her understanding of the world.

After going through different learning programs and test preparation books, we decided to assemble the materials that helped our own kids succeed.   We hope that our apps and test preparation books help every child feel confident on test day and every parent feel content that they offered the best learning resources to their kid(s).

Smarty Buddy App
Smarty Buddy App

The Smarty Buddy App was designed based on the types of questions a child might encounter on the CogAT®, InView™, SCAT®,  and similar gifted placement tests.

Smarty Buddy App features 3 grade difficulty levels:

  • pre-K-K
  • 1-2 grade
  • 3-5 grade

 Smarty Buddy App features 5 types of test topics similar in format to the questions asked on the leading gifted and talented placement tests:

  • Number Sequences
  • Picture Sequences
  • Picture Analogies
  • Quantitative
  • Number Puzzles

Within each topic Smarty Buddy App features 3 levels of difficulty.

Smarty Buddy App Topics
Smarty Buddy App Topics

With over 670 questions to play, this fun game can complement or replace any worksheet test preparation.  Grab the game to squeeze in test practice on the road or on the plane.  

Check out our App Demo for some of the questions in the Sequences Test:

Get your child ready for CoGAT!!!

Smarty Buddy on Apple Itunes

Smarty Buddy on Google Play

Smarty Buddy on Kindle Devices

Cubic Triangle Views Puzzle

A 3-D shape consists of six color cubes (two blue, two red and two yellow ones) and the cubes touch each other only with their edges and corners but not sides. There are 12 possible 2D views of the shape – diagrams A-L. Which of the views are correct and which are not?

Cubic Triangle Views Puzzle
Cubic Triangle Views Puzzle

This type of puzzle is essential for training cognitive abilities by imagining 3-D objects and manipulating them in your mind.  Try this out yourself, and then do the puzzle with your child!  Great brainteaser to supplement your gifted and talented test preparation (CogAT, Inview, SCAT, etc.) at home.

Brain Boosting Resources

The Smarty Buddy App was designed based on the types of questions a child might encounter on the CogAT, Inview, SCAT,  and similar gifted placement tests.  Smarty Buddy App The full version game features 3 grade levels, 5 test topics, and 3 levels of difficulty. With over 670 questions to play, this fun game can complement or replace any worksheet test preparation. Now on all App Stores!

Test Topics: Number Sequences, Picture Sequences, Picture Analogies, Quantitative and Number Puzzles

Features: Positive reinforcement through game badges; progress reports for parents.

The Smarty Buddy  workbooks were designed to give any child the opportunity to get familiar with gifted and talented test format. For a hands on approach of testing at home with mom and dad – try practicing with our workbooks and apps. Your child will feel more confident on test day, and you will feel assured that you provided the best educational resource for your child to get ahead!

Elementary school aged kids:

  1. Smarty Buddy Inview Practice – Level 1 
  2. Smarty Buddy Inview Practice – Level 2
  3. Smarty Buddy CoGAT Practice
  4. Smarty Buddy SCAT  Practice
  5. Smarty Buddy Gifted and Talented Test  Practice
  6. Smarty Buddy App on Ios, Kindle, Android
  7. Smarty Buddy Multiplication App on IOS, Kindle, Android
  8. Smarty Buddy Division App on IOS, Kindle, Android
  9. Smarty Buddy Grade 1 Math App on IOS, Kindle, Android

Pre-school aged kids:

  1. Smarty Buddy My First Analogies

Visual Puzzle

Did we mention that we love puzzles?!  Today’s visual puzzle is “Unfolding a Cube”:

Imagine that the cube is made out of paper or cardboard. Look at the cube and the designs on each side.  Now imagine what the unfolded cube would look like:

Smarty Buddy Unfolding a Cube Puzzle
Smarty Buddy Unfolding a Cube Puzzle

Visual puzzles like this are excellent brain teasers for kids and adults alike , because they force us to think conceptually, not in a way we usually think in everyday life.

These types of visual puzzles are perfect IQ test questions!

They are not taught in school! So practice to get a head start!

Oh, the answer is….  well comment, Tweet or Pin  once you get it!

 

Missing Part Puzzle

Missing Part Puzzles are a great way to train your brain to conceptually move a piece of puzzle into place.  Practice with your child and see how fast junior can solve this puzzle!

Smarty Buddy MIssing Part Puzzle
Smarty Buddy Missing Part Puzzle

 

Love Puzzles? Check out Smarty Buddy App!

The Smarty Buddy App was designed based on the types of questions a child might encounter on the CogAT and similar gifted placement tests.

Smarty Buddy App
Smarty Buddy App

The full version game features 3 grade levels, 5 test topics, and 3 levels of difficulty. With over 670 questions to play, this fun game can complement or replace any worksheet test preparation. Now on all App Stores!

Test Topics: Number Sequences, Picture Sequences, Picture Analogies, Quantitative and Number Puzzles

Features: Positive reinforcement through game badges; progress reports for parents.

The Smarty Buddy CogAT Practice Book is a workbook designed to give any child the opportunity to get familiar with CogAT question format.  For a hands on approach of testing at home with mom and dad – try practicing with our workbooks and apps.  Your child will feel more confident on test day, and you will feel assured that you provided the best educational resource  for your child to get ahead!

We love visual puzzles!

Can you count the squares in this puzzle?

This type of puzzle will appear in your child’s  standardized tests and geometry tests down the road!   So why not train the brain now, and learn the trick behind this type of puzzle early on?

Try to do the puzzle and then peek at the technique to answer it…

If your mind has turned to mush already, we can help you out. The trick is to find multiple smaller squares in order to make larger ones. Just remember this fundamental rule: All squares have four equal sides.

Keeping that in mind, start by counting the smallest squares in the center and all four corners, since those are the easiest to spot. Then, work your way out to the medium-sized squares that start on each corner, as well as the center one. And don’t forget the biggest square that surrounds them all!

You should count 22  squares by the time you finish!