Welcome to the Math Salamanders Fractions for kids Fraction Riddles.

Here you will find some printable fraction worksheets to help your child understand what fractions are and solve problems involving fractions.

These Fraction Riddles are aimed at children around 2nd or 3rd grade.

What is a fraction?

A fraction is a number which contains parts of a whole.

Fractions can be smaller than or larger than one (one whole).

A fraction is a number with the form: \[{n \over d} \]

where n and d are two numbers.

The number n above the line is called the numerator.

The number d below the line is called the denominator.

If the numerator is smaller than the denominator (if n < d), then the fraction is called a proper fraction, and its value is less than 1.

If the numerator is greater than the denominator (if n > d), then the fraction is called an improper fraction, and its value is greater than 1.

If the numerator is equal to the denominator, then the fraction’s value is equal to 1.

A mixed number (or mixed fraction) is a number that has a whole number part to it, and a fraction part to it.

\[{3 \over 7}, {2 \over 10} \; and \; {17 \over 26} \] are all proper fractions.

\[ {31 \over 5}, {15 \over 10} \; and \; {37 \over 23} \] are all improper fractions.

\[ 3{1 \over 5}, 2 {5 \over 8} \; and \; 4 {1 \over 2} \] are all mixed numbers or mixed fractions.

The worksheets on this page consist of 3 or 4 clues and a set of 8 possible answers. Using the clues, you have to work out which of the answers are correct.

These riddles are a great way to get children thinking at the start of a lesson, or used to check children’s understanding at the end.

Using these sheets will help your child to:

All the free Fraction sheets in this section support the Elementary Math Benchmarks.

The puzzles in this first section are at a very easy level and only involve halves.

The term ‘mixed number’ is introduced and the language ‘more than’ and ‘less than’ are used in the clues.

These sheets are suitable for children at around a 2nd grade level.

In this section, there is a much wider range of fractions to compare.

The terms ‘numerator’ and ‘denominator’ are used widely in the clues.

Fractions are compared to a half and mixed numbers are compared to whole numbers.

Each fractions for kids sheet comes with an answer sheet.

These strips will help children to answer some of the clues and work out whether or not the fraction is larger or smaller than a half.

If you would like to see some more fraction strips, then use the link below.

More Fraction Strips

The Fraction Riddles on this webpage are at a harder level than those here.

Equivalent fractions are introduced, and also fractions are compared in size to other fractions.

Take a look at some more of our worksheets and resources similar to these.

Are you looking for free fraction help or fraction support?

Here you will find a range of fraction help on a variety of fraction topics, from simplest form to converting fractions.

There are fraction videos, worked examples and practice fraction worksheets.

Here you will find a range of free printable 2nd Grade Fraction Worksheets. At a Second Grade level, children are introduced to a half, and half-way points on number lines. They are able to shade in half of a shape, and know that a half represents half of a whole.

Using these sheets will help your child to:

All the free Fractions for kids sheets in this section support Elementary Math Benchmarks for Second Grade.

Here you will find a range of free printable 3rd Grade Fraction Worksheets.

Using these sheets will help your child to:

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