Easy Math Problems for Beginners

If your child isn't confident in his math skills, one way to build confidence is to provide easy math problems for him to practice at home. This can help him prove to himself that he can succeed, which may make him more willing to tackle harder problems. Read on for tips on how to formulate sample problems.

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How Do I Create Easy Math Problems?

Achieving success when learning a math new topic can help build your child's determination and stamina, in addition to increasing his or her motivation to continue learning. If you're formulating easy math problems for your child to complete at home, make sure they are straightforward and able to be solved with basic knowledge. Avoid trick problems, and try to stick to just one operation at a time. You might use the sample problems below as a guide.

Sample Problems by Topic


1. 3 + 5

In arithmetic, easy math problems would involve addition or subtraction (without any carrying or borrowing). When creating your own problems, you might consider numbers that would be easy to add or subtract using counters, like fingers or small toys. The answer to this problem is 8.

2. Maggie ate five pieces of pizza, and Rick ate two. How many more slices did Maggie eat?

It's a good idea to include easy word problems among your practice problems because many kids struggle with them. For this problem, your child should subtract 5 - 2. Maggie ate three more slices of pizza than Rick did.


Geometry includes many formulas, including those used to calculate perimeter and area. In general, these problems are simple because students just have to plug in numbers to solve them; however, your child must knows which formula to use. For a rectangle, the formula for area is area (a) = length (l) x width (w). To calculate the perimeter of a rectangle, your child should add together the lengths and widths of the sides.

1. A rectangle is 2 inches long and 3 inches wide. What is its area?

The rectangle's area is six square inches because 2 x 3 = 6. Make sure your child labels his or her answer with the correct unit of measure.

2. Mr. Talbot's yard is 14 feet long and eight feet wide. To fence it in, how much fencing would he need to buy?

To calculate the perimeter of Mr. Talbot's yard, your child could add 14 + 14 + 8 + 8, or he or she could multiply each side by two: 2(14) + 2(8). The answer is 44 feet.
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