02/06/2011 11:55 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Three Year Old Girl Applies To Mensa

Three year old girl applies to Mensa Rex/file shot

A toddler with an IQ of 140 is set to become one of the youngest members of Mensa.

Three-year-old Saffron Pledger has scored 140 on IQ tests, and is now waiting to hear if she has been accepted by Mensa.

Saffron's dad, Danny, is an eight-time champion of Countdown, and her daugther learnt the alphabet by watching him on the show, and now has an IQ 40 points higher than the national average.

Despite being just three, little Saffron can write, read stories, count to 50 and do simple mathematics, despite not even starting school.

'I don't know where Saffron gets her intelligence from, we have just encouraged everything she had done that is clever,' said dad, Danny. 'She likes watching Countdown with me, that's helped her learned the letters. She can spot very simple words on there.

'She's very competitive, I will say I've got a seven letter word and she will say she's got an eight. Hopefully one day she will go on the show herself and do better than I did.'

Saffron's mum, Kirstie, says her first word was 'beer' and although was slow to develop, her vocab was always ahead:

'She was slow developing her mobility skills but vocally was very advanced. When we took her for her two-and-a-half-year check, the health visitor said she was off the chart, and it went up to five years old.

'We haven't done anything special, just reading to her and if we are out we will look at signs and try to read them. We want to encourage her to do the best she can and do whatever she wants in life as long as it makes her happy.'

While Saffron clearly has a bright future in front of her, the clever little girl has got her feet well and truly on the ground, admitting her two favourite things are Peppa Pig and cheese and ham sandwiches, and says when she grows up, she wants 'to play with toys all day'.