Kids love riddles. Riddles not only provide fun, but also help children learn to think and reason. Our selection of riddles includes some silly ones, some old favorites, and some that make kids really spend some time thinking. All of our riddles have answers provided. Find some you love and share them with friends.
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Riddles for Kids with Answers
Kids enjoy sharing riddles with their friends at school, on playgrounds – any place kids gather. Our collection of riddles with answers makes it easy to share riddles with friends.
- What has a face and two hands but no arms or legs?
- What five-letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it?
- What word begins and ends with an E but only has one letter?
- What has a neck but no head?
- What type of cheese is made backwards?
- What gets wetter as it dries?
- Why did the boy bury his flashlight?
- Which letter of the alphabet has the most water?
- What starts with a P, ends with an E and has thousands of letters?
- What has to be broken before you can use it?
- Why would a man living in New York not be buried in Chicago?
- What begins with T ends with T and has T in it?
- How many letters are there in the English alphabet?
- Which month has 28 days?
- Three men were in a boat. It capsized, but only two got their hair wet. Why?
- If everyone bought a white car, what would we have?
- How many letters are there in the alphabet?
- Where does Friday come before Thursday?
- What is the difference between a jeweler and a jailer?
- What ship has two mates, but no captain?
- When is a door not a door?
- Bobby throws a ball as hard as he can. It comes back to him, even though nothing and nobody touches it. How?
- Mary’s father has five daughters – Nana, Nene, Nini, Nono. What is the fifth daughter’s name?
- What occurs once in a minute, twice in a moment, and never in one thousand years?
- What is so delicate that saying its name breaks it?
- What kind of tree can you carry in your hand?
- If an electric train is travelling south, which way is the smoke going?
- You draw a line. Without touching it, how do you make the line longer?
- They come out at night without being called, and are lost in the day without being stolen. What are they?
- What is next in this sequence? JFMAMJJASON . . .
Easy Riddles for Kids
Younger kids and anyone who has trouble remembering punch lines will love our list of easy riddles for kids.
- What can make an octopus laugh?
- Why do lions eat raw meat?
- What do lazy dogs do for fun?
- Where do cows go for their holidays?
- What goes up but never goes down?
- Why did Mickey Mouse become an astronaut?
- Why do bees hum?
- What is the last thing you take off before bed?
- If you threw a White stone into the Red Sea, what would it become?
- What gets wetter and wetter the more it dries?
- What invention lets you look right through a wall?
- What has four legs, but can’t walk?
- How do you make the number one disappear?
- A monkey, a squirrel, and a bird are racing to the top of a coconut tree. Who will get the banana first, the monkey, the squirrel, or the bird?
- Why is an island like the letter T?
- How can a pants pocket be empty and still have something in it?
Funny Riddles for Kids
Some riddles make us laugh because they are so silly. The riddles that follow are guaranteed to produce giggles.
- Name three days consecutively where none of the seven days of the week appear.
- Why did the woman wear a helmet at the dinner table?
- What do you call a fairy that has not taken a bath?
- Which word in the dictionary is spelled incorrectly?
- Why are teddy bears never hungry?
- What did the chewing gum say to the shoe?
- Why was the belt arrested?
- What do you call a funny book about eggs?
- What is the best cure for dandruff?
- What do you call a man who does not have all his fingers on one hand?
- What does an invisible man drink at snack time?
- What did the beach say when the tide came in?
- What did one potato chip say to the other?
- Why couldn’t the sailors play cards?
- What is the best thing to do if a bull charges you?
- Why can’t you play basketball with pigs?
- Which football player wears the biggest helmet?
- What did the outlaw get when he stole a calendar?
- In which month do monkeys play baseball?
- How do rabbits travel?
- Have you heard about the restaurant on the moon?
- Why didn’t the hot dog star in the movies?
- What is black, white, and pink all over?
- Suproliglicatiouspenuvaliancia – how do you spell it?
- Why is the Mississippi such an unusual river?
- When is a car, not a car?
- What bank never has any money?
- Why isn’t your nose twelve inches long?
- What has many rings, but no fingers?
- What are two things you cannot have for breakfast?
- What kind of cup can’t hold water?
- Why did the bumble bee put honey under his pillow?
- What is the longest word in the dictionary?
- Which weighs more, a pound of feathers or a pound of bricks?
- Blue lives in the blue house, Mr. Pink lives in the pink house, and Mr. Brown lives in the brown house. Who lives in the white house?
- What goes through towns and over hills but never moves?
- What is something you will never see again?
- Jack rode into town on Friday and rode out two days later on Friday. How can that be possible?
- If two is company and three is a crowd, what are four and five?
- What is the center of Gravity?
- A lawyer, a plumber, and a hat maker were walking down the street. Who had the biggest hat?
- What kind of room has no doors or windows?
- How many seconds are there in a year?
- Who is the fastest runner in the whole world?
Hard Riddles for Kids
Although all riddles are questions formed in a metaphorical manner, some riddles are more difficult than others are. Although the answer may be a simple one, the question is created in such a manner that it may take lot of thinking for a person to come up with the correct answer. Our selection of hard riddles for kids is numbered, with the answers listed after the riddles to provide a greater challenge.
- A cloud is my mother, the wind is my father, my son is the cool stream, and my daughter is the fruit of the land. A rainbow is my bed, the earth my final resting place, and I am the torment of man.
- What belongs to you but others use it more than you do?
- I am taken from a mine and shut up in a wooden case, from which I am never released, and yet I am used by almost everybody. What am I?
- What goes up the chimney when down, but cannot go down the chimney when up?
- Five men went to church. It started to rain. Four men ran for cover, but got wet on the way. The one man who stayed behind stayed dry. How?
- What is it that has a bottom at the top of them?
- What is full of holes, but can still hold a lot of water?
- What is put on a table and cut, but is never eaten?
- What kinds of stones are never found in the ocean?
- Why is the sun so bright?
- As I went across the bridge, I met a man with a load of wood which was neither straight nor crooked. What kind of wood was it?
- The first man is the master of priceless gems; The second man is the master of love; The third man is the master of shovels; The fourth man is the master of big sticks; Who are they?
- A dad and his son were riding their bikes and crashed. Two ambulances came and took them to different hospitals. The man’s son was in the operating room and the doctor said, “I can’t operate on you. You’re my son.” How is that possible?
- The Smith family is a very wealthy family that lives in a big, circular home. One morning, Mr. Smith woke up and saw a strawberry jam stain on his new carpet. He figured out that everyone who was there that morning had a jam sandwich. By reading the following excuses, figure out who spilled the jam.Billy Smith: “I was outside playing basketball.”The Maid: “I was dusting the corners of the house.”Chef: “I was starting to make lunch for later.”Who is lying?
- One night, a butcher, a baker, and a candlestick maker go to a hotel. When they get their bill, however, it’s for four people. Who’s the fourth person?
- What instrument can you hear but never see?
- A man was cleaning the windows of a 25 story building. He slipped and fell off the ladder, but wasn’t hurt. How did he do it?
- I have keys but no locks. I have space but no room. You can enter but can’t go outside. What am I?
- Two fathers and two sons go on a fishing trip. They each catch a fish and bring it home. Why do they only bring three home?
- Tuesday, Sam and Peter went to a restaurant to eat lunch. After eating lunch, they paid the bill. But Sam and Peter did not pay the bill, so who did?
- What has 4 legs in the morning, 2 legs in the afternoon, and 3 legs at night?
- If a blue house is made out of blue bricks, a yellow house is made out of yellow bricks and a pink house is made out of pink bricks, what is a green house made of?
- A house has four walls. All of the walls are facing south, and a bear is circling the house. What color is the bear?
- What is as light as a feather, but even the world’s strongest man couldn’t hold it for more than a minute?
- 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 man was driving his truck. His lights were not on. The moon was not out. Up ahead, a woman was crossing the street. How did he see her?
- What has a head but never weeps, has a bed but never sleeps, can run but never walks, and has a bank but no money?
- A man leaves home and turns left three times, only to return home facing two men wearing masks. Who are those two men?
Answers for Hard Riddles for Kids
- Your name
- Pencil lead
- An umbrella
- The dry man was a body in a coffin and the other four were pall bearers
- Your legs
- A sponge
- A pack of cards
- Stones that are dry
- Because it pays attention in the class and does its homework on time
- The kings in a deck of cards
- The doctor is his mom!
- It was the maid. The house is circular; it has no corners.
- One night can also mean one knight. That makes four: one knight, a butcher, a baker and a candlestick maker!
- Your voice! You can sing with your voice like an instrument and hear it, but no one can see it!
- He fell off the second step.
- A keyboard
- The fishing trip consists of a grandfather, a father and a son.
- Their friend, Tuesday
- A person! As a baby you crawl (4 legs), as an adult you walk (2 legs), then when you are older you use a cane (3 legs)
- The house is on the North Pole, so the bear is white.
- His breath
- There were not any stairs; it was a one-story house!
- It was a bright and sunny day
- A river
- A catcher and an umpire
Our next two sets of riddles are phrased as questions asking “What Am I?” and “What is It?” These riddles work well for riddle lovers of every age.
- I am a word. If you pronounce me rightly, it will be wrong. If you pronounce me wrong it is right? What word am I?
- I don’t have eyes, ears, nose and tongue, but I can see, smell, hear and taste everything. What am I?
- I do not have wings, but I can fly. I don’t have eyes, but I will cry! What am I?
- I do not speak, cannot hear or speak anything, but I will always tell the truth. What am I?
- I go around all the places, cities, towns and villages, but never come inside. What am I?
- I have lots of memories, but I own nothing. What am I?
- I have no legs. I will never walk, but always run. What am I?
- I have no life, but I can die, what am I?
- I have rivers, but do not have water. I have dense forests, but no trees and animals. I have cities, but no people live in those cities. What am I?
- I never ask questions, but always answered. What am I?
- I was born big, but as the day passes, as I get older, I become small. What am I?
- I will always come, never arrive today. What am I?
- I am full of keys, but I cannot open any door. What am I?
- I’m the end of the colorful rainbow. What am I?
- I’m with poor people and rich people don’t have me. If you eat me, you will die. What am I?
- If you give me water, I will die. What am I?
- Many times you need me. The more and more you take me further, the more and more you leave me behind. What am I?
- People buy me to eat, but never eat me. What am I?
- The one who makes me does not need me, when he makes me. The one who buys me does not use me for himself or herself. The one who uses me doesn’t know that he or she is using me. What am I?
- When the water comes down, when it rains, I go up. What am I?
- You can break me easily without even touching me or seeing me. What am I?
- 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?
- I am tall when I am young and I am short when I am old. What am I?
- I have no bones and no legs, but if you keep me warm, I will soon walk away. What am I?
- If I drink, I die. If I eat, I am fine. What am I?
- 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?
“What Is It?” Riddles for Kids
- It is higher without the head, than with it. What is it?
- The more it dries, the wetter it becomes. What is it?
- Throw away the outside and cook the inside, then eat the outside and throw away the inside. What is it?
- It stands on one leg with its heart in its head. What is it?
- You can keep it only after giving it away to someone else. What is it?
- It has been around for millions of years, but it is no more than a month old. What is it?
- It lives without a body, hears without ears, speaks without a mouth, and is born in air. What is it?
- The more you take away, the larger it becomes? What is it?
- We see it once in a year, twice in a week, and never in a day. What is it?
- If I have it, I do not share it. If I share it, I don’t have it. What is it?
- Poor people have it. Rich people need it. If you eat it you die. What is it?
- You can hear it, but not touch or see it. What is it?
- It loses its head in the morning but gets it back at night? What is it?
- It is round on both sides but high in the middle. What is it?
- It gets broken without being held. What is it?
- It is always coming but never arrives? What is it?
- It has Eighty-eight keys but can’t open a single door? What is it?
- It has a neck but no head. What is it?
- It has one eye but cannot see? What is it?
- It has four eyes but cannot see? What is it?
- It has hands but cannot clap? What is it?
- You can catch it, but not throw it? What is it?
- This travels around the world but stays in one spot? What is it?
- It gets beaten, and whipped, but never cries? What is it?
- It comes down but never goes up? What is it?
- It has a hundred limbs, but cannot walk? What is it?
- You can you serve it, but never eat it? What is it?
- It has eyes that cannot see, a tongue that cannot taste, and a soul that cannot die. What is it?
- This type of dress can never be worn. What is it?
- This bet can never be won. What is it?
- This kind of coat can you put on only when it is wet. What is it?
- It flies around all day but never goes anywhere? What is it?
- This goes up and down, but never moves? What is it?
- It wears a jacket, but no pants. What is it?
- This can clap without any hands. What is it?
- It has a bark, but no bite. What is it?
- It has a neck but no head, and wears a cap? What is it?
- It is easy to get into, but hard to get out of? What is it?
Animal Riddles for Kids
- What does a cat have that no other animal has?
- What has two heads, four eyes, six legs, and a tail?
- What always sleeps with its shoes on?
- What is as big as an elephant, but weighs nothing at all?
- What fur do we get from a Tiger?
- Why do dragons sleep all day?
- What can honk without a horn?
- What has a horn but does not honk?
- What is the greatest worldwide use of cowhide?
- What two keys can’t open any doors?
- A frog jumped into a pot of cream and started treading. He soon felt something solid under his feet and was able to hop out of the pot. What did the frog feel under his feet?
- A horse is on a 24 foot chain and wants an apple that is 26 feet away. How can the horse get to the apple?
- I can sizzle like bacon, I am made with an egg, and I have plenty of backbone, but lack a good leg. I peel layers like onions, but still remain whole; I can be long, like a flagpole, yet fit in a hole. What am I?
Some of these riddles were easy to solve and some made you think. Share our riddles with your friends and family. Try some of the hard riddles with your parents and the easy and fun riddles with your younger brothers and sisters. Laugh, giggle, and have fun!
Susan majored in English with a double minor in Humanities and Business at Arizona State University and earned a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Liberty University. She taught grades four through twelve in both public and private schools. Subjects included English, U.S. and world history and geography, math, earth and physical science, Bible, information technologies, and creative writing.
Susan has been freelance writing for over ten years, during which time she has written and edited books, newspaper articles, biographies, book reviews, guidelines, neighborhood descriptions for realtors, Power Point presentations, resumes, and numerous other projects.
I love your riddles, my child and I read them every night! We wonder if you can make mystery, like dective riddles, but not murder. Sorry if I wrote an inappropriate word, you know, “murder”.Well please still make them because, my child and I love them! Thank you!
I told my brother these and he got so confused!😂 I love this
thanks for the riddles
interesting, enjoyable riddles. kids loves it.
Love easy, funny riddles and jokes for my grandchildren.
Thanks for the riddles
wow real brain teasers
Great riddles, but when you did the one that said, Which month had 28 days it is actually Febuary. Not all of them. Other than that no complaints.
nibba all of the months have 28 days february just has 28 total days
But all of the months DO have 28 days. It’s just that February is the only one with exactly 28, but all of them have at least 28. That’s the point of the riddle, to think outside of the box.
i love these riddles some were tricky some were fun and hard but ohh well
These riddles are the best riddles I had ever seen in my entire life.Good job guys keep it up and they are really brain teaser
My kids and I absolutely love riddle time
These riddles are perfect.Wow.
i love the clock one i told my parents and they laughed.
these riddles are hard but amazing!
these riddles are great/funny/fun to answer with family!!!!!!
I love riddles so much and they are so funny and hard but its good for training brain.
I love doing riddles with my brothers and sister!
This is the best riddle for kids.I do the riddle with my brothers
these riddles are awsome
Riddles are the best thing to do when you are bored. Even if you are not bored, they are always fun to have around!
Thank you so much for these. I use them as a filler at the end of a class sometimes with my Spanish 8-10 year old students. They love them.
These r the best riddles in the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!