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Brain Teaser: Balancing Triangles

Allie Johnson

You probably know balance is an important part of staying in good physical, emotional and mental health throughout your life.

Maintaining balance includes:

And that’s where our “Balancing Triangles” brain teaser comes into play. In addition to keeping your mind fit, brain games offer the perfect balance between doing something that’s good for you and having fun.

This brain teaser will exercise the parts of your brain that deal with spatial and visual tasks and numbers. In this game, you’ll have to look at three perfectly balanced scales that each have a different number of different shapes on each side.

This visual gives you enough information to figure out how many triangles need to be added to the fourth scale to balance it perfectly. To arrive at the correct answer, you have to wrap your brain around how much different shapes weigh in relation to other shapes.

This brain teaser will help to exercise the many different parts of the brain involved in spatial and visual reasoning, which involves assessing objects and their relationship to each other in terms of color, shape and size.

Brain teasers like “Balancing Triangles” may actually help keep your brain sharp and keep your skills in shape for real-life tasks. Everyday activities that require spatial, visual and mathematical reasoning include: deciphering a map, packing a suitcase for a trip to visit the grandkids, doubling or tripling a recipe and driving.

  • In the Balance Brain Teaser
    The answer is on the next slide.

Did you try this brain teaser? If so, were you able to balance out the fourth scale correctly? How long did it take you to finish the puzzle? Finally, we’d love to know what kinds of brain games you usually play to keep your brain in shape.

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9 Responses to "Brain Teaser: Balancing Triangles"
    • Matt | July 17, 2021 at 3:00 pm

      It took me less than two minutes. I was a bit lost at first because I didn’t read the question properly the first time. Ha.

    • Amos Ben Israel | July 10, 2021 at 6:18 pm

      At age 86 it definitely took me longer. A few minutes to arrive at 24.
      Oh for the good old days when I was top of the class and all that.

    • J.C. Simmons | July 1, 2021 at 7:18 pm


    • JAMES R BOST | July 1, 2021 at 12:12 am


    • Janet | June 29, 2021 at 7:56 pm

      24 triangles

    • Thom Harris | June 26, 2021 at 10:30 am

      24 triangles < 2 min

    • Dan Romenesko | June 26, 2021 at 9:39 am

      It took me about 45 seconds to determine that 24 triangles would balance scale 4

    • Ronald buxton | June 25, 2021 at 3:10 pm

      24 triangles

      • Ronald buxton | June 25, 2021 at 3:11 pm

        24 triangles.

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