# Funny IQ Tests for Kids

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Intelligence quotient, or IQ, tests measure a person's intelligence through logic, verbal reasoning and mathematical reasoning questions. If you don't need to accurately test a child's intelligence, you can use funny questions to form a general understanding of her brain power. As an added benefit, your funny IQ test can even change your child's attitude about test-taking in general. Of course, don't use your test to accurately judge and compare your child's intelligence; for valid IQ scores, a psychologist must administer the test.

## Trick Question

Some tests use trick questions to rate your child's ability to "think outside the box," for example: How many birthdays does the average man have? Some months have 31 days; how many have 28? When testing your child, use a premade test or create your own by compiling trick questions from other sources. When scoring, remember to test several people to determine the average score.

Answers: 1 and 12, respectively. The average person has several birthday parties but only one birth day; and every month contains 28 days, but some months have more.

## Letter Count

Some funny IQ tests quiz your child's ability to spot letters in sentences. To perform this kind of test, write out a sentence using the letter "f" liberally. For example: "Fanny found herself from France, though for all she could feel she was of Finnish descent." Although counting letters may not seem troublesome, many people forget to count the "f" in "from," "of" or "for." To add humour, make the sentence as silly as possible.

If you want to incorporate an educational spin to the quiz, use the fact that children are likely to drop the "f" as a lesson in inaccurate sampling, according to the Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College.

## Riddles

Use riddles to stump your children and test their intelligence. Create a funny IQ test using your own riddles or use one of many riddle quizzes online. Several schools, such as California Polytechnic, list riddles on its Web pages. Make sure to include riddles that match your child's level of education; a riddle that uses statistics in its solution would not be appropriate for a 4-year-old.

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