Riddles and other solve-the-puzzle games are not only fantastic brain teasers for kids, but they are also fun for the whole family! Short riddles, riddles that are funny, hard riddles, fun riddles, math riddles… they are pretty much endless. Consider giving your family members one challenging riddle to solve at the start of every day: it could be posted on a kitchen whiteboard and discussed over breakfast and morning coffee (this is a much better alternative to morning television, anyway). Perhaps if your children cannot come up with the correct answer to the riddle right away, you can encourage them to think about it during the school day and come home in the afternoon with the answer. (No googling allowed) Great riddles for kids are ones that challenge your kids, after all!
Solving riddles and puzzles is a favorite challenge for most kids and, in turn, they love to share riddles with others to solve, too. Remember: riddles for kids are for all ages. Encourage your children to create riddles or puzzles of their own and challenge you or other family members, friends, and neighbors.
To get your challenge for daily riddles for kids started we have compiled a wide variety of these fun and funny brain teasers, with some that are fairly easy and suited for younger kids, as well as some that are tricky and will stump even adults.
Riddles for Kids…and Adults
Riddle: A man walked through the rain for an hour without getting a single hair on his head wet. He didn’t have an umbrella, he wasn’t wearing a hat, and he didn’t have anything to hold over his head. How could it be that not a single hair on his head got wet?
Answer: He didn’t have any! He was bald.
Riddle: What gets wetter the more it dries?
Answer: A Towel.
Riddle: What has to be broken before you can use it?
Answer: An egg.
Riddle: A cowboy rode into town on Friday afternoon. He spent three days in town and then rode out on Friday. How is that possible?
Answer: Friday is the name of the man’s horse.
Riddle: I am pronounced as one letter, but I am written with three. Me and my twin are either blue, green, or brown. What am I?
Answer: An eye.
Riddle: I am full of keys but I cannot open a single door. What am I?
Answer: A piano.
Riddle: What is full of holes but can still hold water?
Answer: A sponge.
Riddle: What has a thumb and four fingers but it isn’t alive?
Answer: A glove.
Riddle: What has teeth but cannot chew?
Answer: A comb.
Riddle: You will buy me to eat but never eat me. What am I?
Answer: A plate.
Riddle: When you look for something, why is it always in the very last place you look?
Answer: Because that’s when you stop looking!
Riddle: What belongs to you but is used more by others?
Answer: Your name.
Riddle: What’s heavier: a pound of bricks or a pound of feathers?
Answer: The same. A pound is a pound.
Riddle: Name three consecutive days without saying Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.
Answer: Yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
Riddle: What has a face and two hands but does not have arms or legs?
Answer: A clock.
Riddle: How can a man go for 20 days without sleep?
Answer: He sleeps at night.
Riddle: What kind of coat can only be put on when wet?
Answer: A coat of paint.
Riddle: Bobby’s mother had three kids. The first was named April, the second was May, and what was the third?
Riddle: Railroad crossing…watch out cars…can you spell all of that without any Rs?
Riddle: I am light as a feather, but even the strongest man in the world cannot hold me for more than five minutes. What am I?
Riddle: What goes up but never comes down?
Answer: You age.
Riddle: What occurs once in a minute, twice in a moment, but never in a thousand years?
Answer: The letter M.
Riddle: A boy has an accident and is rushed to the emergency room. The doctor says “I cannot operate on him. He is my son.” The doctor is not the boy’s father. How could this be?
Answer: The doctor is his mother.
Riddle: What never asks questions but is often answered?
Answer: The doorbell.
Riddle: What can you catch but cannot throw?
Answer: A cold.
Riddle: Where does Friday come before Thursday?
Answer: In the dictionary.
Riddle: I start out tall, but the longer I stand, the shorter I grow. What am I?
Answer: A candle.
Riddle: I live in winter, die in summer, and my roots grow upward. What am I?
Answer: An icicle.
Riddle: What has three feet and cannot walk?
Answer: A yardstick.
Riddle: If you are in a race and you run past the person in second place, what place are you in?
Answer: Second place.
Riddle: How many months have 28 days?
Answer: All 12 of them do!
Riddle: Two in front, two in behind, and one in the middle. How many are there?
Riddle: What is so delicate that saying its name breaks it?
Riddle: What jumps when it walks and sits when it stands?
Answer: A kangaroo.
Riddle: A woman walks into a room with a match, a kerosene lamp, a candle, and a fireplace. What does she light first?
Answer: The match.
Riddle: They come out at night without being called, and they are lost during the day without being stolen. What are they?
Riddle: What words get shorter by adding two letters to it?
Answer: Short. (Short-er!)
Riddle: What’s always coming, but never arrives?
Riddle: What English word has the same pronunciation even if you take away four of its five letters?
Riddle: What has ten letters and starts with gas?
Riddle: What ship has two mates but no captain?
Riddle: What can you feed to give it life but give it a drink and it will die?
Answer: A fire.
Riddle: If I have it, I don’t share it. And if I share it, I don’t have it. What am I?
Answer: A secret.
Riddle: What tire doesn’t move when the car turns left?
Answer: The spare tire.
Riddle: I exist when there is light, but direct light will kill me. What am I?
Answer: A shadow.
Riddle: Who makes moves while remaining seated?
Answer: A chess player.
Riddle: What flies when it is born, lies while it lives, and runs when it dies?
Answer: A snowflake.
Riddle: What is found at the end of a rainbow?
Answer: The letter W.
Riddle: In a one-story house there is a blue chair, a blue sofa, a blue kitchen table, and a blue refrigerator. What color is the staircase?
Answer: There is no staircase. It’s a one-story house.
Riddle: Why can’t a man living in Texas be buried in Georgia?
Answer: Because he is alive.
Riddle: What has a neck but no head?
Answer: A bottle.
Riddle: A man fell off a thirty-foot ladder but he did not get hurt. Why?
Answer: He fell off the first step.
Riddle: What is the easiest way to double your money?
Answer: Put it all in front of a mirror.
Riddle: What has a horn but does not make any noise?
Answer: A rhinoceros.
Riddle: What is as big as a horse but does not weigh anything?
Answer: A horse’s shadow.
Riddle: A cat, a bird, and a squirrel all climb up a coconut tree. Which one of them will eat the mango first?
Answer: None of them. It’s a coconut tree so it has no mangoes!
Riddle: I fly all day long but I never go anywhere. What am I?
Answer: A flag.
Riddle: Name something you can always serve but never eat.
Answer: A tennis ball.
Riddle: What has four “eyes” but cannot see?
Riddle: Name something that starts with P, ends with E, and has thousands of letters.
Answer: The post office.
Riddle: If you travel west on an electric train, which direction does the smoke blow?
Answer: No direction—there is no smoke because it is an electric train.
Riddle: What happened in 1961 and will not happen again until 6009?
Answer: The year will be the same upside down.
Riddle: Before Mount Everest was discovered, what was the highest mountain in the world?
Answer: Mount Everest. It was always the highest, even before it was discovered.
Riddle: What has a head and a tail but no body?
Answer: A coin.
Riddle: I can run without ever getting tired. And whenever I run, I drive people crazy and make them unhappy. I don’t even have to move to irritate them. What am I?
Answer: A runny nose.
Riddle: I have a spine but I have no bones. What am I?
Answer: A book.
Riddle: I am pinched by grandmothers. What am I?
Answer: A cheek.
Riddle: I provide milk, I have a horn, and I am not a cow. What am I?
Answer: A milk truck.
Riddle: How many apples grow on trees?
Answer: All of them!