What starts with the letter “T,” is filled with “T,” and ends in “T? You’ll hear this question and many other riddles being tossed around at the dinner table in our house. The kids can’t get enough of them. I love that they get the kids thinking differently, which is always a great skill to learn. Here are some of our favorite riddles to share with your family.
In addition to the brain teasers and riddles we gathered below, our readers tried to stump us. We share six reader submissions for you to try in the video below:
Riddles and Brain Teasers for Kids
Q: What word begins and ends with an E but only has one letter?
Q: What type of cheese is made backwards?
Q: I’m tall when I’m young and I’m short when I’m old. What am I?
A: A candle.
Q: In a one-story pink house, there was a pink person, a pink cat, a pink fish, a pink computer, a pink chair, a pink table, a pink telephone, a pink shower – everything was pink! What color were the stairs?
A: There weren’t any stairs, it was a one-story house.
Q: What has hands but can’t clap?
A: A clock.
Q: A house has four walls. All of the walls are facing south, and a bear is circling the house. What color is the bear?
A: The house is on the North Pole, so the bear is white.
Q: What is at the end of a rainbow?
A: The letter W.
Q: Which letter of the alphabet has the most water?
Q: What goes up but never goes down?
A: Your age.
Q: What starts with the letter “T,” is filled with “T,” and ends in “T?”
A: A teapot
Q: A girl is sitting in a house at night that has no lights on at all. There is no lamp, no candle, nothing. Yet she is reading. How?
A: The woman is blind, and she is reading Braille.
Q: You walk into a room with a match, a kerosene lamp, a candle, and a fireplace. Which do you light first?
A: The match.
Q: How do you make the number one disappear?
A: Add the letter G and it’s “gone.”
Q: What gets wetter and wetter the more it dries?
A: A towel.
Q: You draw a line. Without touching it, how do you make the line longer?
A: You draw a shorter line next to it, and it becomes the longer line.
Q: Which weighs more, a pound of feathers or a pound of bricks?
A: Neither. They both weigh one pound.
Q: How many months have 28 days?
A: All 12 months.
Q: Name four days of the week that start with the letter “T.”
A: Tuesday, Thursday, today, and tomorrow.
Q: What comes once in a minute, twice in a moment, but never in a thousand years?
A: The letter M.
Q: A train leaves from Halifax, Nova Scotia heading toward Vancouver, British Columbia at 120 km/h. Three hours later, a train leaves Vancouver heading toward Halifax at 180 km/h. Assume there’s exactly 6,000 kilometers between Vancouver and Halifax. When they meet, which train is closer to Halifax?
A: Both trains would be at the same spot when they meet, therefore they are both equally close to Halifax.
Q: What goes around and around the wood, but never goes into the wood?
A: The bark on a tree.
Q: Railroad crossing, watch out for cars. Can you spell that without any Rs?
Q: 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?
A: They were a grandmother, mother, and daughter.
Q: A man was taking a walk outside when it started to rain. The man didn’t have an umbrella, and he wasn’t wearing a hat. His clothes got soaked, yet not a single hair on his head got wet. How could this happen?
A: The man was bald.
Q: How many seconds are there in a year?
A: 12. January 2nd, February 2nd, March 2nd, April 2nd …
Q: A cowboy rides into town on Friday, stays for three days, then leaves on Friday. How did he do it?
A: His horse’s name was Friday.
Q: You walk across a bridge and you see a boat full of people, yet there isn’t a single person on board. How is that possible?
A: All the people on the boat are married.
Q: I have keys but no doors. I have space but no rooms, I allow you to enter but you are never able to leave. What am I?
A: A keyboard.
Q: A boy was rushed to the hospital emergency room. The ER doctor saw the boy and said, “I cannot operate on this boy. He is my son.” But the doctor was not the boy’s father. How could that be?
A: The doctor was his mom.
Q: What can run but can’t walk?
A: A drop of water.
Q: I am a fruit, I am a bird, and I am also a person. What am I?
A: A kiwi.
Q: How far can a dog run into the woods?
A: The dog can run into the woods only halfway – than it would run out of the woods.
Q: If there are three apples and you take away two, how many do you have?
A: If you take two apples, than of course you have two.
Q: How is Europe like a frying pan?
A: Because it has Greece at the bottom.
Q: Beth’s mother has three daughters. One is called Lara, the other one is Sara. What is the name of the third daughter?
Q: What time does Serena Williams get up?
Q: You have a five-gallon bucket and a three-gallon bucket with as much water as you need, but no other measuring devices. How do you fill the five-gallon bucket with exactly four gallons of water?
A: Fill the five-gallon bucket all the way up. Pour it into the three-gallon bucket until it is full. Empty the three-gallon bucket. Pour the remaining two gallons into the three-gallon bucket. Fill the five-gallon bucket all the way up, then finish filling the three-gallon bucket, leaving four gallons in the five-gallon bucket.
Q: Why are ghosts bad liars?
A: Because you can see right through them.
Q: What’s full of holes but still holds water?
A: A sponge.
Q: If an electric train is going east at 60 miles an hour and there is a strong westerly wind, which way does the smoke from the train drift?
A: There is no smoke coming from electric trains.
Q: Say Racecar backwards.
A: “Racecar backwards.”
Q: What kind of tree can you carry in your hand?
A: A palm.
Q: What do the numbers 11, 69, and 88 all have in common?
A: The read the same right side up and upside down.
Q: How can you throw a ball as hard as you can, to only have it come back to you, even if it doesn’t bounce off anything?
A: Throw the ball straight up in the air.
Q: My name is Ruger. I live on a farm. There are four other dogs on the farm with me. Their names are Snowy, Flash, Speedy, and Brownie. What do you think the fifth dog’s name is?
Q: Why do birds fly south for the winter?
A: It’s too far to walk.
Q: What has one eye but can’t see?
A: A needle.
Q: I am an odd number. Take away one letter and I become even. What number am I?
A: Seven (take away the “s’”and it becomes “even”).
Q: What word looks the same backwards and upside down?
Q: A boy fell off a 30-meter ladder but did not get hurt. Why not?
A: He fell off the bottom step.
Q: Using only addition, how do you add eight 8s and get the number 1,000?
A: 888 + 88 + 8 + 8 + 8 = 1000.
Q: How do dog catchers get paid?
A: By the pound.
Q: What never asks questions but is often answered?
A: A doorbell.
Q: What belongs to you but other people use it more than you?
A: Your name.
Q: I have a large money box, 48 centimeters wide and 42 centimeters tall. Roughly how many coins can I place in my empty money box?
A: Just one, after which it will no longer be empty.
Q: What does this mean? I RIGHT I
A: Right between the eyes.
Q: What five-letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it?
Q: Imagine you’re in a room that is filling with water. There are no windows or doors. How do you get out?
A: Stop imagining.
Q: The more you take, the more you leave behind. What are they?
Q: What two keys can’t open any door?
A: A monkey and a donkey.
Q: What invention lets you look right through a wall?
A: A window.
If you liked these riddles, you might enjoy our list of 50 tongue twisters for the family. These are just a handful of the riddles and brain teasers we’ve enjoyed being stumped over. Do your kids enjoy a good riddle? Do they have a favorite?