For riddles for kids, work to keep minds sharp and logically sound. They are a fantastic way to stimulate young minds and improve their critical thinking skills. Our collection is for children to enjoy while exercising their brains.
Most of them are gentle challenging riddles that are easy to understand and sure to stump a few friends and family members at the next get-together.
Teachers can use these to make their classes more active and entertaining, and even with parents who can enjoy solving riddles with their kids. Once they get it, though, they will be on the hunt for more.
The Poet’s Panel has selected the top ten riddles to get things rolling. Much fun awaits you here, so read on and enjoy!
Best Riddles For Kids
1.) Mike’s parents have three sons: Snap, Crackle, and what?
2.) I have no legs. I will never walk but always run. What am I?
3.) What is a frog’s favorite game?
4.) What is an insect’s favorite sport?
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5.) Throw away the outside and cook the inside, then eat the outside and throw away the knowledge. What am I?
Corn on the cob. One throws away the husk, cooks and eats the kernels, and then throws away the cob.
6.) I am light as a feather, yet the strongest man can’t hold me for much more than a minute. What am I?
7.) What is seen in the middle of March and April that can’t be seen at the beginning or end of either month?
The letter R.
8.) I have no life, but I can die; what am I?
9.) What is full of holes but still holds water?
10.) What is always in front of us but can’t be seen?
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Funny Riddles For Kids With Answers
11.) Why did the golfer wear two pairs of pants?
In case he got a hole-in-one.
12.) Why was Adam known to be a good runner?
He was the first in the human race.
13.) How far can a bear walk into the woods?
Halfway. (After that, it’s walking out of the woods.)
14.) What do you get if your sheep studies karate?
A lamb chop.
15.) What’s full of holes but still holds water?
16.) If everyone in the country bought a white car, what would we have?
A white carnation.
17.) What do you call it when a dinosaur makes a goal with a soccer ball?
18.) What did the sea say to the sand?
Nothing, he just waved.
19.) A cowboy rode into town on Friday. He stayed in town for three days and rode out on Friday. How was that possible?
Friday was the name of his horse.
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Easy Riddles With Answers
20.) What do you get if you cross a football player with a payphone?
A wide receiver.
21.) What’s a sheep’s favorite game?
Baa-dminton. Ok, so baa-sketball is also right up there.
22.) There was a pink-dressed person in a one-story pink house, a pink dog, a pink fish, a pink computer, a pink chair, a pink table, a pink telephone, and a pink shower. Everything was pink! What color were the stairs?
There weren’t any stairs; it was a one-story house. Duh.
23.) Why did the football coach go to the bank?
He wanted his quarterback.
24.) Where does Friday come before Thursday?
In the dictionary.
25.) What game can be dangerous to your mental health?
Marbles, you don’t want to lose them.
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26.) I have rivers but do not have water. I have dense forests but no trees or animals. And I have cities, but no people live in those cities. What am I?
27.) I never ask questions but always answer. What am I?
28.) I was born big, but as the day passes, as I get older, I become small. What am I?
29.) I will always come, never arrive today. What am I?
30.) I am full of keys but cannot open any doors. What am I?
31.) How do shells get around in the ocean?
A taxi crab.
32.) What has 88 teeth but never brushes them?
A Piano. (Now, that’s a good riddle!)
33.) People always buy me to eat but never eat me. What am I?
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34.) The one who makes me does not need me when he makes me. The one who buys me does not use me for themselves. And, the one who uses me doesn’t know they are using me. What am I?
35.) When the water comes down, when it rains, I go up. What am I?
An umbrella. (The answer to a riddle can sometimes be satisfying and sometimes not.)
36.) You can easily break me without touching or seeing me. What am I?
37.) How do dog catchers get paid?
By the pound.
38.) What is blue and smells like red paint?
39.) Imagine you’re in a room where the ceiling is slowly falling, and the floor is slowly rising. There are no windows or doors. How do you get out?
40.) If a red house is made out of red bricks, a blue house is made out of blue bricks, and a yellow house is made of yellow bricks, what color bricks does a greenhouse have?
A greenhouse is made mainly of glass to grow plants within.
41.) A boy fell off a 30-meter ladder but did not get hurt. Why not?
He fell off the bottom step.
42.) What kind of tree can you carry in your hand?
A palm tree.
43.) I have keys but no locks. I have space but no room. You can enter but can’t go outside. What am I?
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Short Riddles and Brain Teasers
44.) What word becomes shorter when you add two letters?
45.) What is the hardest part about skydiving?
46.) What part of a football ground is never the same?
The changing rooms.
47.) What English word has three consecutive double letters?
48.) What tea do hockey players drink?
49.) Sara’s mother has four daughters. One is called Megan, one is Molly, and another is Brenna. What is the name of the fourth daughter?
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50.) What can run but can’t walk?
A drop of water.
51.) If an electric train is traveling south at 50 MPH, and the wind is blowing north at 45 MPH, which way is the smoke going?
There’s no smoke as the train is electric.
52.) Two mothers and two daughters went out to eat, everyone ate one burger, yet only three burgers were eaten in all. How is this possible?
They were a grandmother, mother, and daughter.
53.) If the wind was blowing five mph west and you placed a rooster’s egg on top of a pink house slanted 3 degrees east, what direction would the egg roll?
Roosters don’t lay eggs.
54.) You will throw me away when you want to use me. You will take me in when you don’t want to use me. What am I?
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55.) I have no bones or legs, but if you keep me warm, I will soon walk away. What am I?
56.) Take away my first letter, and I still sound the same. Take away my last letter. I still sound the same. Even take away my letter in the middle, I will still sound the same. I am a five-letter word. What am I?
57.) Why is a tennis game so loud?
Because the players raise a racquet.
58.) What made the Cyclops quit teaching?
He only had one pupil.
59.) A king, queen, and two twins lay in a large room. How are there no adults in the room?
They’re all beds.
60.) How can you make an octopus laugh?
Ten tickles. (Get it? Tentacles.)
Riddles for Children
61.) I am bought by the yard but worn by the foot. What am I?
62.) What has bands but does not clap?
63.) What has a T at the beginning, a T at the end, and a T in it?
64.) I can swim or walk for miles. I’m big with thick, white hair. I live up in the Arctic. What am I?
A polar bear.
65.) Every time you stand up, you lose this. What is it?
66.) Why did the boy bury his flashlight?
Because the batteries died.
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67.) Why did the grandma sit in the rocking chair with her rollerblades on?
Because she wanted to rock and roll.
68.) Why do dragons sleep all day?
They like to hunt Knights.
69.) What bird can write?
70.) What kind of flower does everyone wear on their faces?
71.) Name a popular four-letter sport that starts with a “T.”
72.) What did the boy cat say to the girl cat on Valentine’s Day?
You’re purr-fect for me.
73.) What do monkeys sing at Christmas?
Jungle Bells, Jungle bells.
74.) What do you call a cow that twitches?
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75.) Dracula’s going to the bank to keep his money; he seems a little more pale than usual; which bank did he go to?
A blood bank.
76.) What do you call a great dog detective?
77.) What do you call a rabbit with sniffles?
A runny bunny.
78.) What do you call a thieving alligator?
79.) What do you call an alligator in a vest?
80.) What do you call lending money to a bison?
81.) What did the baseball glove say to the baseball?
Catch you later.
82.) What can you easily hold in your right hand but cannot possibly hold in your left hand?
Your left elbow or hand.
83.) What cheese is made backward?
84.) What goes up but never goes down?
85.) Going forward, I’m heavy. Backward, I’m not. What am I?
86.) I am an odd number but take away one letter, and I become even. What am I?
Seven. Seven less the “S” becomes “even.”
87.) What gets wetter the more it dries?
88.) What has one eye but cannot see?
89.) What 5-letter English word can be pronounced the same even with four letters removed?
90.) It is late, 3 am and a knock on the door awakens you. It is your parents. They are hungry. You have a can of sardines, a box of crackers, and a bag full of apples. What do you open first?
91.) If you throw me out the window, you’ll leave a grieving wife. But leave me in the middle of the door, and you might save a life. What am I?
The letter N.
92.) An Uber driver is heading down a street. He turns left at a “no left-hand turn” sign and goes the wrong way on a one-way road. He passes a police car, and yet he is not punished. Why?
93.) What can travel around the world while staying in a corner?
94.) If a fella met a fella in a field of beans, could a fella tell a fella what a fella means? How many “f” s are in that?
There are zero “f’s” in that.
95.) Feed me, and I live, yet give me a drink, and I die. What am I?
96.) What can run but never walks, has a mouth but never talk, has a bed but never sleeps, has a head but never weeps?
97.) How many of each species did Moses take on the ark with him?
None, it wasn’t Moses. It was Noah.
98.) What has a head and tail but nobody?
99.) When is a door not a door?
When it is a jar. (ajar)
100.) Take off my skin, and I won’t cry, but you might. What am I?
101.) What word describes a man who does not have all his fingers on one hand?
Typical… most folks have fingers on both hands.
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102.) You walk into a room that contains a match, a kerosene lamp, a candle, and a fireplace. What would you light first?
103.) I have branches but no fruit, trunk, or leaves. What am I?
104.) What belongs to you, but everyone else uses it?
105.) What is cut on a table but is never eaten?
A deck of cards.
106.) What runs all around a backyard yet never moves?
107.) What kind of coat is best put on wet?
A coat of paint.
108.) What kind of room has no doors or windows?
109.) How many bananas can you eat if your stomach is empty?
Just one, because after that, your stomach’s not empty anymore.
110.) What rock group consists of four famous men, but none sing?
111.) What word in the English language does the following: The first two letters signify a male, the first three letters indicate a female, the first four letters signify a great, while the entire world means a great woman. What is the word?
112.) Poor people have it. Rich people need it. If you eat it you die. What is it?
113.) Before Mount Everest was discovered, what was the highest mountain in the world?
Mount Everest, it just wasn’t discovered yet.
114.) A man looks at a painting in a museum and says, “Brothers and sisters, I have none, but that man’s father is my father’s son.” Who is in the painting?
The man’s son.
115.) A bus driver was going down the road. He passed a stop sign without stopping, went to the left side of the road, and ran a red light. Yet, he didn’t get fined or ticketed. Why?
Because he wasn’t driving a bus, he was walking!
116.) A monkey, a squirrel, and a bird are racing to the top of a coconut tree. Who gets to the banana first, the monkey, the squirrel, or the bird?
No one. There are no bananas at the top of a coconut tree!
117.) As I was going to St. Ives, I met a man with seven wives. Each wife had seven sacks. And each sack had seven cats. Each cat had seven kits. Kits, cats, sacks, and wives, How many were there going to St. Ives?
Just the one.
The Fox and The Goose Riddle
118.) A man started to town with a fox, a goose, and a sack of corn. He came to a stream he had to cross in a tiny boat.
He could only take one across at a time. The man could not leave the fox alone with the goose or the goose alone with the corn. How did he get them all safely over the stream?
He took the goose over first and came back. Then, he took the fox across and brought the goose back. Next, he took the corn over. He came back alone and took the goose.
119.) I add five to nine and get two. The answer is correct, but how?
When it is 9 a.m. on the clock, and you add five hours, you get 2 p.m.
120.) If it took six people nine hours to build a barn, how long would it take 12 people to build the same barn?
None. The barn is already built.
121.) You are given three positive numbers. You can add these numbers and multiply them together. The result you get will be the same. What are the numbers?
1, 2, and 3.
122.) A farmer has twenty sheep, ten pigs, and ten cows. If we call the pigs cows, how many cows will he have?
Ten cows. We can call the pigs cows, but it doesn’t make their cows.
Simple Funny Riddles
123.) What is orange and sounds like a parrot?
124.)Which is heavier: a ton of bricks or a ton of feathers?
Neither, because they both weigh a ton.
125.) What has many keys but can’t open a single lock?
126.)There are two monkeys on a tree, and one jumps off. Why does the other monkey jump too? Monkey see, monkey do.
Thought-Provoking Funny Riddles
127.) Mr. Blue lives in the blue house. Mr. Yellow lives in the yellow house. And Mr. Black lives in the black house. Who lives in the white house?
128.) You see me once in June, twice in November, and not in May. What am I?
The letter “e.”
129.) A man outside in the rain without an umbrella or hat didn’t get wet hair on his head. Why?
He was bald.
130.) A bus driver goes the wrong way down a one-way street. He passes the cops, but they don’t stop him. Why?
He was walking.
131.) A pet shop owner had a parrot with a sign on its cage that said, “Parrot repeats everything it hears.” Davey bought the parrot, and for two weeks, he spoke to it, and it didn’t say a word. He returned the parrot, but the shopkeeper said he never lied about the parrot. How can this be?
The parrot was deaf.
132.) What type of doctor has an office in Egypt?
133.) What intelligent dinosaur knows a lot about words?
134.) What star smells the best?
The Sun. It’s the center of our universe.
135.) What did the doctor give the astronaut before take-off?
A booster shot.
Awesome Riddles for Kids
136.) You’ll find me in Mercury, Earth, Mars and Jupiter, but not in Venus or Neptune. What am I?
The letter “R”.
137.) Where would you take a sick boat?
To the dock.
138.) What do you get when you cross a snowman and a vampire?
139.) If you drop a yellow hat in the Red Sea, what does it become?
140.) Why don’t zombies eat popcorn with their fingers?
Because they like to eat their fingers separately.
141.) What kind of band never plays music?
A rubber band.
142.) I’m always on the dinner table, but you don’t get to eat me. What am I? Plates and silverware.
143.) I make a loud sound when I’m changing. When I do change, I get bigger but weigh less. What am I?
144.) Which letter of the alphabet has the most water?
145.) I shave 25 times a day and still have a beard? What am I?
How to Use this List of Riddles
Kids love riddles. Riddles are a great way to connect with children. You might consider sharing these on car rides, in the classroom, at the beginning or end of sports practices, or the family dinner table.
Some folks even pack a riddle with their children’s lunches on a post-it note or card. It’s fun to have kids ask the riddles and try to solve them. What a great way to build logic skills and critical thinking and to have fun!
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By Mike O’Halloran
O’Halloran is the editor of Greeting Card Poet and the co-author of four question-and-answer books for kids — the Smart Attack line.
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