Having a few riddles for kids up your sleeve will give you a great way to entertain your kids throughout the day. Next time you’re going for a walk, a car ride, or waiting for a bus or in a queue, why not pass the time with a riddle? They don’t require any materials so it’s a handy activity to keep up your sleeve.
The Stein Education Center explain how riddles are beneficial for developing kids brains in a number of ways, including growing their vocabulary, making them laugh, and allowing them the opportunity to teach something to others.
Riddles will challenge and develop your child’s thinking in a whole new way! It’s a fantastic way to help them to develop abstract thinking. Abstract thinking is the ability to see something in a non-literal way- it’s the bread and butter of riddles!
Riddles will also help your child to think critically about a problem and apply problem-solving skills. Even if you help them to solve the riddle, you are still developing their understanding of problems and showing them how to find a solution.
There’s nothing netter than watching the ‘aha!’ moment on your child’s face. And they will love passing their favorite riddle onto their friends and other adults.
These riddles for kids include 15 that are easy, 15 of medium difficult and 15 tricky ones, so you can find one at a level that’s perfect for your child!
15 EASY RIDDLES FOR KIDS
Question: What becomes wetter the more it dries?
Answer: A towel.
Question: What’s black and white and blue?
Answer: A sad zebra.
Question: What is full of holes but still holds water?
Answer: A sponge.
Question: There is a rooster sitting on top of a barn. If it laid an egg, which way would it roll?
Answer: Roosters don’t lay eggs.
Question: If a red house is made of red bricks, and a yellow house is made of yellow bricks, what is a greenhouse made of?
Question: What is easy to get into but hard to get out of?
Question: David’s parents have three children- Snap, Crackle and…?
Question: What can you catch but not throw?
Answer: A cold!
Question: What is so fragile that saying its name breaks it?
Question: What question can you never answer yes to?
Answer: Are you asleep yet?
Question: What has a face and two hands but no arms or legs?
Answer: A clock!
Question: What’s black and white and read all over?
Answer: A newspaper
Question: What has four wheels and flies?
Answer: A garbage truck.
Question: What gets bigger the more you take away?
Answer: A hole.
Question: What has a bottom at the top?
Answer: Your legs.
15 MEDIUM RIDDLES FOR KIDS
Question: What five letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it?
Answer: Shorter (Short+er)
Question: A boy and his father get into a car accident. When they arrive at the hospital, the doctor sees the boy and exclaims “that’s my son!” How can this be?
Answer: The doctor is his mother.
Question: What begins with T, finishes with T, and has T in it?
Answer: A teapot
Question: I am an odd number. Take away a letter and I become even. What number am I?
Question: What is always in front of you but can’t be seen?
Answer: The future.
Question: What building has the most stories?
Answer: The library.
Question: How far can a fox run into the woods?
Answer: Only halfway, otherwise it would be running out of the woods!
Question: Which weighs more: a pound of feathers or a pound of bricks?
Answer: They weigh the same.
Question: What goes up but never back down?
Answer: Your age.
Question: What has 88 keys, but cannot open a single door?
Answer: A piano.
Question: Everyone has it and no one can lose it; what is it?
Answer: A shadow.
Question: What is four-legged but cannot walk?
Answer: A table.
Question: Three men were in a boat. It capsized, but only two got their hair wet. Why?
Answer: One was bald.
Question: There’s a one-story house where everything is yellow. The walls are yellow. The doors are yellow. Even all the furniture is yellow. The house has yellow beds and yellow couches. What colour are the stairs?
Answer: There are no stairs- it’s a one-story house!
Question: What can you hear, but not see or touch, even though you control it?
Answer: Your voice.
15 HARD RIDDLES FOR KIDS
Question: What has a bed but never sleeps, can run but never walks, and has a bank but no money?
Answer: A river.
Question: It’s been around for millions of years, but is never more than a month old. What is it?
Answer: The moon.
Question: Tommy throws the ball as hard as he could, and it comes back to him, without anything or anybody touching it. How?
Answer: He threw the ball upwards.
Question: A girl fell off a 40 feet ladder, but still did not get hurt. Why?
Answer: She fell off the bottom step.
Question: What happens once in a lifetime, twice in a moment, but never in one hundred years?
Answer: The letter ‘m’
Question: I fly all day but I stay in the same spot. What am I?
Answer: A flag.
Question: Where can you find cities, towns, and streets but no people?
Answer: A map
Question: It is weightless, you can see it. If you put it in a barrel it will make it lighter?
Answer: A hole.
Question: What has a head and a tail but no body?
Answer: A coin.
Question: What is as light as a feather but the strongest man cannot hold for long?
Question: What has 13 hearts, but no other organs?
Answer: A deck of cards
Question: The more that there is of this, the less you see. What is it?
Question: Two fathers and two sons are in a car, yet there are only three people in the car. How is this possible?
Answer: They are grandfather, father and son.
Question: I am the outstretched fingers that seize and hold the wind. Wisdom flows from me in other hands. Upon me are sweet dreams dreamt. My merest touch brings laughter. What am I?
Answer: A feather.
Question: The wise and knowledgeable man is sure of it. Even the fool knows it. The rich man wants it. The greatest of heroes fears it. Yet the lowliest of cowards would die for it.
And that’s it!
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