Halloween Candies

halloween candies puzzle

A mother has 4 children. On Halloween, she decides to give them 200 candies one by one, starting with the youngest child, then the second youngest, third youngest, etc. At some point, they have to interrupt the procedure and eat dinner, but when they continue, nobody remembers which was the last child to get a candy. How can the mother distribute the remaining candies to the kids without starting over again or counting how many candies have been given so far?


The mother can just start giving the remaining candies one by one in the reverse order, starting with the oldest child, then the second oldest, etc.