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Parents left stumped over tricky maths question designed for eight-year-olds

A maths problem that is designed for eight-year-old children has left people stumped, with adults struggling to answer it.

This was homework for a child in Year 3. The question was posted to Reddit by Mildly Infuriating parents asking for help.

“Jared found these baby birds and needs to care for them,” the problem said, alongside a grainy black and white cartoon of birds in a nest.

“Each bird eats about four worms a day. In order to feed them all each day, about how many worms will Jared need to find?”



Parents left stumped over tricky maths question designed for eight-year-olds
It is possible to solve it.

The reader is then given four possible answers, 6, 10, 4 or 20.

Reddit users were left baffled with one joking, “I’d circle ‘OJ’ for ‘Only Jared knows at this point.”.

The picture appears to show only three birds. However, it seems that the question relies on people thinking beyond the box, ignoring the cartoon and thinking in multiples of 4.

It was eventually a mum with a child in Year 2 that “dropped some knowledge”.

“We know Jared has to find worms in multiples of four so since 20 is the only answer in a multiple of four we can also deduce that Jared found five baby birds,” the user wrote. “My second grader is smart.”

Other users congratulated each other for eventually figuring out the right answer.

However, some were still left thinking it was a trick question.

“Am I the only one that thought it was a trick question since they don’t specify for how many days?” one user said.

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Parents left stumped over tricky maths question designed for eight-year-olds
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