Meet young genius Teddy Hobbs, Britain’s youngest-ever Mensa member

London — Many people used the COVID-19 lockdowns as an opportunity to learn something new, but few have achieved what a talented toddler in the UK has achieved. Teddy Hobbs may be Britain’s smartest little boy.

Still only four years old, Teddy could count to 100 before he turned two. Now he can do it in seven different languages.

“I just assumed that every kid has their own quirk. Every kid develops a little bit faster than the other in something different, and we just assumed that was their thing,” his mom, Beth, said.

But their bright child really came into his own, embracing his love of learning during the UK’s national lockdown. He only wanted to watch educational programs.

Teddy Hobbs, Britain’s youngest MENSA member at just four, plays with an abacus.


As he rolled out some Play-Doh, his mom asked him what he was up to.

“Cut out a shape of Kenya,” he replied.

Its brilliance caught the keen eye of Mensa, which bills itself as “the largest and oldest high IQ society in the world.”

Teddy is now their youngest member in the UK. The organization only accepts individuals 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.

Among young Teddy’s impressive testimonies is that he taught himself to read at the age of two.

“Teddy did it all himself. If we go out and offer him a treat, he’d rather have a book than chocolate,” his mother said.

Despite being a brilliant boy, his mother made it clear that he’s still a boy when it comes down to it.

“He’s absolutely a normal four-year-old boy,” she said. “He thinks Poo is really funny.”

His family wonders if Teddy’s younger sister could follow in his footsteps, but they know he has some big – albeit small ones – to fill.

Last year, Isla McNabb from Kentucky became the youngest Mensa member at just two and a half years old. Meet young genius Teddy Hobbs, Britain’s youngest-ever Mensa member

Rick Schindler

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