Whose brain is faster? Yours or your child's?

How fast does your brain work? Challenge your kids with these (not-so-simple) brain teasers.

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  • Did you solve the puzzle above? Now race your kids to see which of you can solve the puzzles below and determine who is the smarter one after all. (Link to answers below.)

  • The rancher's river crossing

  • One there was a rancher who went to the market and bought a fox, a rabbit and a bale of grass. To get home, the rancher has to cross a river in a small boat with room only for himself and one purchase at a time. If he leaves the fox alone with the rabbit, it will eat the rabbit. If he leaves the rabbit alone with the grass, it will eat the grass. How will the rancher get himself and his three purchases across the river intact?

  • Number sequence

  • Which number would come next in this number sequence: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, __???

  • Mirror word—all around

  • What word, when written in capital letters, reads the same forwards, backwards and upside-down?

  • Homographs

  • A homograph is a word that has multiple meanings but is always spelled the same. For example, look at the word "key": piano key, lock and key, map key, etc. For the word pairs below, can you find the missing homograph that is associated with both words?

  • Car, tree

  • Smoke, plumbing

  • Pillow, lawyer

  • Card, ship

  • Eye, school

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Kristen has a journalism degree and has experience writing in a variety of fields, including art and culture, health and fitness and financial and real estate services. Kristen has written for USA Today, SFGate and the Knot.

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