Not every riddle is an easy riddle, but there are plenty of riddles for kids that all ages can appreciate and maybe even solve. A riddle will ask an (often quirky) question, which requires an answer and might even leave you scratching your head. It’s true that some riddles can take days or weeks to figure out because they’re just so thought-provoking and profound. But since these are for your little chicken nuggets, we’ve decided not to do that. Instead, we’ve scoured the internet for the best kid-friendly, brain-teasing verbal puzzles we could find. Even though they’re designed for little ones, this doesn’t mean you won’t be stumped (which is a good thing). Answering riddles is a brain exercise, sure. Doing them with your kids, though, is like rolling around in a bouncy house. It’s a bit of a workout, but a good time.
If you’re looking for some fun ways to pass the time with your kiddos during this never-ending quarantine and have already gone through fun facts, jokes for kids, and knock-knock jokes, then you’ve come to the right spot. We went ahead and rounded up the absolute best riddles to test you and your kid’s skills. Check out our list of favorites below!
1. What begins with “T,” ends with “T,” and has “T” in it?
2. What gets cracked before you use it?
3. What begins with an “E” but only has one letter?
4. What does a cloud wear under his rain jacket?
5. What has words but never speaks?
6. Why do ducks have tail feathers?
To cover their buttquacks.
7. What’s full of holes but still holds water?
8. Where do cows go for entertainment?
9. What goes up but never comes back down?
10. Why are ghosts such bad liars?
You can see right through them.
11. What tire doesn’t move when the car turns right?
The spare tire.
12. What do you call a sad strawberry?
13. Where do you find keys that won’t work in a lock?
On a piano.
14. Why couldn’t the moon finish his meal?
He was full!
15. What can travel around the world without leaving its corner?
16. What room doesn’t have any windows?
17. What do you call a grandfather clock?
18. Which letter of the alphabet has the most water?
19. What word is spelled wrong in every dictionary?
20. What has a thumb and four fingers but is not a hand?
21. How can you make the number seven even?
Remove the letter “S.”
22. What has a thousand needles but doesn’t sew?
23. What goes up and down the stairs without moving?
24. What is so delicate that saying its name breaks it?
25. What has legs but can’t walk?
26. Where did one wall meet the other wall?
On the corner.
27. What has teeth but can’t bite?
28. Where do fish keep their money?
In the riverbank.
29. What gets bigger when more is taken away?
30. Why can’t you give Elsa a balloon?
She will “Let It Go.”
31. I’m light as a feather, yet the strongest man can’t hold me for five minutes. What am I?
32. Where do monkeys get their exercise?
The jungle gym.
33. What’s always in front of you but cannot be seen?
34. If the red house is on the right and the blue house is on the left, where is the white house?
35. What invention lets you look right through a wall?
36. What’s black, white, and blue?
A melancholy zebra.
37. What is tall when it’s young and short when it’s old?
38. What gets wet when drying?
39. What are two things people never eat before breakfast?
Lunch and dinner.
40. What has four legs but only one foot?
41. What do you taste twice a day but never eat?
42. What is one but made up of a hundred smalls?
Corn on the cob.
43. What is orange on the outside, green on top, and yellow on the inside?
44. What is white, cold, see-through, and says, “Boo”?
45. What is one but with 100 legs?
46. What has a face and two hands but no arms or legs?
47. What has a neck but no head?
48. What type of cheese is made backward?
49. Why did the boy bury his flashlight?
Because the batteries died.
50. Which month has 28 days?
All of them, of course.
51. How many letters are there in the alphabet?
52. When does Friday come before Thursday?
In the dictionary.
53. A girl throws a ball as hard as she can. It comes back to her, even though nothing and nobody touches it. How?
She throws it straight up.
54. What happens once in a minute, twice in a moment, and never in one thousand years?
The letter “M.”
55. If an electric train is traveling south, which way is the smoke going?
There is no smoke; it’s an electric train!
56. What five-letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it?
57. It belongs to you, but your friends use it more. What is it?
58. Kate’s mother has three children: Snap, Crackle, and ___?
Kate, because she’s Kate’s mom too.
59. If you don’t keep me, I’ll break. What am I?
60. You can touch me, but I can’t touch you back. You can see me, but I only reflect you and can never reject you. What am I?
61. I am always running, but never get tired or hot. What am I?
62. You’re running a race and, at the very end, you pass the person in second place. What place did you finish the race in?
You finished in second place.
63. There’s a one-story house in which everything is yellow. Yellow walls, yellow doors, yellow furniture. What color are the stairs?
There aren’t any — it’s a one-story house.
64. I do not have wings, but I can fly. I don’t have eyes, but I will cry! What am I?
65. People buy me to eat but never eat me. What am I?
66. You see a boat filled with people, yet there isn’t a single person on board. How is that possible?
All the people on the boat are married.
67. 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 still sound the same. I am a five-letter word. What am I?
68. What can travel at nearly 100 miles per hour but never leave the room?
69. What has a tail and a head but no body?
70. What do you throw out when you want to use it but take in when you don’t want to use it?
71. I have 1000 legs but cannot stand and a long neck but no head. What am I?
72. I have a pearl white chest without a key or lid, inside of which golden treasure is hid. What am I?
73. If you feed it, it lives. If you water it, it dies. What is it?
74. What is the one thing everyone can agree is between heaven and earth?
The word “and.”
75. If a rooster lays an egg on the exact peak of a barn, which side does it fall?
Roosters don’t lay eggs.
76. A cowboy rides into town on Friday. He stays three days, then rides out of town on Friday. How?
His horse’s name was Friday.
77. When is a door not a door?
When it’s ajar.
78. I don’t have eyes, ears, nose, and tongue, but I can see, smell, hear, and taste everything. What am I?
79. It stands on one leg with its heart in its head. What is it?
80. It has been around for millions of years, but it is no more than a month old. What is it?
81. It has one eye but cannot see. What is it?
82. I’m the king of dinosaurs, but I’m definitely not the biggest. Who am I?
83. I am small, but I grow three times as large with water. What am I?
84. What three-letter word is a mousetrap?
85. How can you keep an elephant from charging?
Take away its credit card.
86. A precious stone, as clear as diamond. Seek it out while the sun’s out shining. Though you can walk on water with its power, try to keep it, and it’ll vanish in an hour. What am I?
87. Walk on the living; they don’t even mumble. Walk on the dead; they mutter and grumble. What am I?
88. If you threw a yellow stone into a blue sea, what would it become?
89. How do you make the number “one” disappear?
Add a “g” and it is “gone.”
90. What is as big as a hippo but weighs nothing at all?
A hippo’s shadow.
91. What kind of tree can you carry in your hand?
92. They come out at night without being called and are lost in the day without being stolen. What are they?
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