London — Many people used the COVID-19 lockdowns as an opportunity to learn something new, but few achieved what a talented kid in the UK did. Teddy Hobbs might be the smartest kid in Britain.
At just four years old, Teddy could count to 100 before he was two. He can now do it in seven different languages.
“I just assumed, you know, every kid has their own quirk. Every kid develops a little faster into something else than the other kids, and we just assumed that was their thing,” said her mother, Beth.
But her smart son really came into its own, embracing her love of learning during Britain’s national lockdown. She just wanted to watch educational shows.
As she was scooping out Play-Doh compound, her mother asked her what she was doing.
“Cutting a Kenyan shape,” he replied.
His brilliance caught the eye of MENSA, “the world’s oldest and largest high-IQ society.”
Teddy has now become their youngest member in Britain. The organization only accepts people who score in the 98th percentile or higher on an intelligence test.
“He was three years and seven months old, and they said he had the letter and word recognition of an eight-year-old,” his mother recalled.
Young Teddy’s impressive report card includes teaching himself to read at the age of two.
“Teddy has made all of this himself. When we go out and give him the choice of a gift, he wants a book instead of chocolate,” his mother said.
Despite being a genius child, his mother made it clear that he is still, when it comes down to it, just a kid.
“He’s absolutely a normal four-year-old kid,” he said. “He finds poop really funny.”
His family wonders if Teddy’s little sister could follow in his footsteps, but they know that his shoes are big, though actually quite small.
Last year, Kentucky’s Isla McNabb became the youngest member of MENSA at just two and a half years old.