**Word problems** are a great challenge for our brains! We need to read the question below very carefully to understand what is being asked of us.

Take a look at this example:

Tom, Sami, Hannah, Alex and Meeta are friends.

Alex is older than Meeta by 3 years.

Tom and Sami are both twice as old as Hannah, whose age amounts to half a dozen.

Meanwhile, Hannah is 4 years younger than Meeta.

**Who is the only person with an age that is odd?**

To work out the answer to this question, you need to find the ages of all of the friends, one by one. Start with the numbers you have been given. **It may be helpful to learn that a dozen means 12 so half a dozen is 6.**

Person | Age |

Tom | 12 years old |

Sami | 12 years old |

Hannah | 6 years old |

Alex | 13 years old |

Meeta | 10 years old |

The only age which is an odd number is **13**, therefore the answer is** Alex**.

Let’s try another. Read the words below carefully:

**Jack’s father was three times Jack’s age when Jack was 15.**

**Jack was 15 seven years ago. Jack’s mother is 5 years younger than his father.**

**How old is Jack’s mother?**

First, we need to work out how old **Jack’s father** was when Jack was 15, so 3 x 15 = 45.

**Jack’s father** was 45 seven years ago, which makes him **52** now.

If **Jack’s mother** is 5 years younger than his father, she must be **47**.

In this activity, you will need to be a **word-problem wizard** and solve word problems with a wave of your wand!

**Let's get started!**