Are you a parent trying to grab and maintain your kids’ attention on a particular topic? Are you confused and trying too many different methods to stimulate your little one’s mind?
Well, you have come to the exact right place!
Young minds need to be challenged. They need to be fostered with opportunities that get their creative juices flowing. They need to be given some field days, which they can use as a chance to enhance their critical and problem-solving skills. And riddles will help you do exactly that!
Typically, a riddle is a statement, question, or phrase that has a hidden meaning in it. Answering them correctly will require kids to think creatively and apply a different set of solutions to each problem statement. Kids’ riddles and jokes, like the ones listed below, encourage kids to have fun and introduce them to some clever humor.
Top 50 kid-friendly riddles with answers
- Riddle: It belongs to you, but your friends use it more. What is it?
Answer: Your name
- Riddle: What starts with a P, ends with an E and has thousands of letters?
Answer: The post office
- Riddle: There are 3 apples in a basket and you take away 2. How many apples do you have now?
Answer: You have 2 apples. You took away 2 apples and left 1 in the basket.
- Riddle: If two’s company, and three’s a crowd, what are four and five?
- Riddle: What can you catch but not throw?
Answer: A cold
- Riddle: What begins with T ends with T and has T in it?
Answer: A teapot
- Riddle: There is one word spelled wrong in every English dictionary. What is it?
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- Riddle: What kind of tree can you carry in your hand?
Answer: A palm
- Riddle: I am so simple that I can only point, yet I guide people all over the world.
- Riddle: 81 x 9 = 801. What do you need to do to make this equation true?
Answer: Turn it upside down: 108 = 6 x 18
- Riddle: How do you make the number one disappear?
Answer: Add the letter G and it’s “gone”
- Riddle: What gets wetter and wetter the more it dries?
Answer: A towel.
- Riddle: You see it once in June, three times in September and never in May. What is it?
Answer: The letter E
- Riddle: What has thirteen hearts, but no other organs?
Answer: A deck of cards
- Riddle: I make a loud sound when I’m changing. When I do change, I get bigger but weigh less. What am I?
- Riddle: What runs but cannot walk, has a mouth but no teeth and has a bed but cannot sleep?
Answer: A river
- Riddle: I’m taller when I’m young, shorter when I’m old. What am I?
Answer: A candle
- Riddle: Where would you take a sick boat?
Answer: To the dock
- Riddle: What question can you never answer yes to?
Answer: Are you asleep yet?
- Riddle: What kinds of stones are never found in the ocean?
Answer: Stones that are dry
- Riddle: What is easier to get into than out of?
- Riddle: Remove my skin and I won’t cry, but you might!
Answer: An onion
- Riddle: What can fill a room but doesn’t take up space?
- Riddle: Where does Thursday come after Friday?
Answer: The dictionary
- Riddle: The more you take, the more you leave behind. What are they?
- Riddle: Where are the lakes always empty, the mountains always flat and the rivers always still?
Answer: A map
- Riddle: A man looks at a painting and says, “Brothers and sisters I have none, but that man’s father is my father’s son.” Who is in the painting?
Answer: His son
- Riddle: What has many keys but can’t open a single lock?
Answer: A piano
- Riddle: I am an odd number. Take away a letter and I become even. What number am I?
- Riddle: During which month do people sleep the least?
Answer: February (as February has fewer nights, of course!)
- Riddle: What 3 numbers give the same result when multiplied and added together?
Answer: 1, 2, and 3 (1 + 2 + 3 = 6 and 1 x 2 x 3 = 6).
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- Riddle: What goes up but never comes down?
- Riddle: What is in seasons, seconds, centuries, and minutes but not in decades, years, or days?
Answer: The letter N
- Riddle: What loses its head in the morning and gets it back at night?
Answer: A pillow
- Riddle: If you drop me, I’m sure to crack, but smile at me, and I’ll always smile back. What am I?
Answer: A mirror
- Riddle: I can shave 25 times a day and still have a beard? What am I?
Answer: A barber
- Riddle: What kind of band never plays music?
Answer: A rubber band
- Riddle: If a rooster sits on a roof facing north, which way will the egg roll?
Answer: Roosters don’t lay eggs.
- Riddle: What building has the most stories in the world?
Answer: The library
- Riddle: Bob’s mother has three children. Their names are Huey, Dewey, and … ?
- Riddle: What two things can you never eat for breakfast?
Answer: Lunch and dinner.
- Riddle: What is so delicate that it breaks when you say its name?
- Riddle: If you feed me, I grow, but if you give me water, I die. What am I?
- Riddle: What’s full of holes but still holds water?
Answer: A sponge
- Riddle: What has legs but cannot walk?
Answer: A chair/table
- Riddle: Mary has four daughters, and each of her daughters has a brother—how many children does Mary have?
Answer: Five, each daughter has the same brother.
- Riddle: Light as a feather, there’s nothing in it, but the strongest man can’t hold it for much more than a minute.
- Riddle: I can be cracked. And I can be made. I can be told. And I can be played. What am I?
Answer: A joke
- Riddle: What is made of water, but if you put it into water it dies?
Answer: An ice cube.
- Riddle: What is always in front of you but can’t be seen?
Answer: The future
Riddle Me This: in Learning and More!
There are many benefits of teaching riddles to children:
- Helps in expanding vocabulary
- Increases the potential to understand the context of concepts
- Riddles give kids the opportunity to teach others and, in turn, learn more themselves
- Improves reading comprehension and creativity
- Enhances problem solving and critical thinking skills
- Relaxes the brain whilst keeping the brain working
- Gives them a break from increased screen time
To completely ingrain creative and critical thinking in a child’s mind, there has to be a perfect balance between tough and easy riddles. Riddles that are a breeze to solve will bore our little learners and riddles which are too difficult will frustrate them.
That’s precisely why we have collated this list of the 50 of the best and funny riddles for kids of all ages and grades. These brain-teasers are perfect for kids as they are playful and will surely challenge young minds in the best way possible!
If you’re a teacher and are confused about whether to use riddles in your classroom, here are some key points that may just convince you.
Some of the practical uses of riddles:
- Encourages healthy group discussions: Did chicken come first or the egg?
Riddles help students share their ideas with each other and come up with ideas that are serious as well as humorous. Riddles function as good conversation starters and enable students to think freely and creatively.
- Teaches Homophones: What has four wheels and flies?
Homophones are words that are pronounced the same as other words but have a different meaning. Words like red and read, rain and rein, have the same pronunciation but completely different meanings.
In a typical riddle, the answer depends on the alternate meaning of the key word. For example, the answer to the riddle, “What has four wheels and flies” is “garbage truck”. The riddle is focused on the key word “flies” but rather than focusing on the motion of flying, the answer depends on another meaning of the word—the insect “fly”.
- Teaches Idiomatic Expression and Punctuation: Why did the man throw the clock out the window?
Riddles help students practice their knowledge of idioms, as a lot of the times, the answer to a riddle is the meaning of an idiom. In the above riddle, the man wanted to see time fly, the point is not to literally throw out a clock.
Riddles also help students improve their punctuation, as each riddle makes students pay concrete attention to commas, periods, quotation marks and speech tags.
- Fun, Fun and Fun!
Apart from academic benefits, riddles can give students a good laugh and help them de-stress from their normal and mundane routines.
Riddles are enjoyable to work with. And not just for kids! Even adults like to think of interesting riddles. But how does a little kid go about making their own riddles? Read on and find out!
Come make your own riddle!
As soon as your little riddle rockstar has a good idea of what riddles are, it’s time to help them to start making their own fun and cool riddles.
- Start with the answer to your riddle.
The key here is working backwards: think of an answer first and then create the question. Your answer can be anything but choosing a tangible object is the simplest way to start.
For example, the answer to my riddle is “chair”.
- Ideation and Imagination
Once you have your answer, think of what it does. Describe it in all the ways possible. Think of synonyms, where it is used, who uses it, different features it has, etc. The more vividly you describe it, the more interesting your riddle will turn out to be.
Example: A chair has four legs, and people use it for sitting.
- Put yourself in your answer’s shoes!
Think like your answer. What if your answer were a person? How would they describe themselves?
Example: If I were a chair, I’d hate it if people sat on me.
Think outside the sentence. Use idioms, hyperboles, and similes to describe your sentence in different ways. Think outside the box to make your riddle interesting and tricky to solve.
Example: My friend, grab a chair!
- Write the riddle. Or Riddle the Right!
Now that you have set a structure, it’s time to write the riddle! Use simple, descriptive language to write it out. Test it out on your friends and family to see if you’ve got them amused!
Example: I have four legs, people sit on me all the time and keep asking their friends to grab me. What am I?
A chair! (We’ve been mentioning it for quite sometime now, right?)
So, did your little rockstar have fun writing riddles?
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