Give a few riddles to children, and you can keep them busy for hours. You won’t receive any complaints that they are bored, nor do the kids end up watching the television for hours.
Riddles not only keep children engrossed but also sharpen their thinking and problem-solving abilities. Pick up a variety of riddles for kids, and rest assured that they are using their time constructively.
MomJunction helps you out by sharing more than 200 riddles for children, with answers.
Funny Riddles For Kids
These riddles tickle the funny bone of your children.
1. Three men went for a swim in a pond, but why did only two get their hair wet?
A. The third man was bald
2. How did the rabbit travel?
A. In a Hare plane
3. When does a car become not-a-car?
A. When the car turns into a parking lot
4. What did the chewing gum tell to the shoe?
A. I will always stick with you
5. The longest word in the dictionary is….?
A. Smiles, because there is a mile between the two S
6. What lies at the center of gravity?
A. The letter V
7. Which room does not have a door and windows?
A. The mushroom
8. Why did the woman carry her helmet to the restaurant?
A. Because she was having a crash diet
9. What type of milk did the invisible man drink?
A. He drank evaporated milk
10. Why was the hairband arrested?
A. It was holding up the hair
11. Why does a teddy bear never feel hungry?
A. Because it is always stuffed
12. The word which is spelled incorrectly in the dictionary?
13. How did the soldier go eight days without sleep?
A. By sleeping at night
14. What has to be broken before you use it?
15. What is full of holes but still can hold water?
16. If you throw a white stone in the Red Sea what would the stone become?
17. Why did the deer eat raw grass?
A. Because it never learned how to cook it
18. Which part of the day do you break each day?
19. What always stays in the middle of bathrooms?
A. The letter R
20. What type of music do rabbits like?
A. Hip Hop!
21. Why is six scared of seven?
A. Because seven eight (ate) nine!
22. What has a head, but can’t think but can drive?
A. A hammer
Tricky Riddles For Kids
These riddles make your kids think hard for they are a bit challenging.
23. What pair has eight legs and stays together but cannot walk together?
A. Table and Chair
24. What types of stones do you never find in the ocean?
A. Dry stones
25. I can let you see strangers through the wall but if you are careless I can allow a stranger into your house. What am I?
A. A window
26. How is an island similar to T?
A. Both lie in the middle of water
27. I have a lot of keys but not a single door. There is space but no rooms. I can allow you to enter but you can never leave? What am I?
28. I always work with string in my eye. What am I?
A. A needle
29. I have wings and fly but I am neither a bird, moth nor fly? What am I?
A. An airplane
30. I am a country, a bird, and sometimes also called cold? What am I?
31. What is never present and always late?
32. What do dogs, cats, birds, turtles, and fish all have in common?
A. The letter S
33. What has feet on the inside but never on the outside?
34. If you have it, you don’t share it. If you share it, you don’t have it? What is it?
A. A secret
35. What is something you can catch but cannot throw?
A. A cold
36. How many months in a year have 28 days?
A. All the 12 months
37. Name three consecutive days that do not have a name of the week.
A. Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
38. I start with P, end with E, and have thousands of letters in me. Who am I?
A. Post Office
39. Why can a man living in New York not be buried in New Jersey?
A. Because he is still living!
40. What starts with T, ends with T, and has T in it?
A. A teapot
41. It comes out at night but is lost by the day, reappears at night only to be lost the next day. What is it?
A. A star
42. A man rode into a hotel on Friday. He stayed for three days and rode out on Friday again. How is it possible?
A. He rode on his horse named Friday
43. What belongs to you but is used by others?
A. Your name
44. What goes up but never comes down?
A. Your age
45. It is full of keys but cannot open any door. What is it?
A. A piano
46. Which is the heavier one, a pound of bricks or a pound of cotton?
A. They weigh the same. A pound is a pound!
47. Where does Friday come before Thursday?
A. In the dictionary
48. What type of coat can be put when it is wet?
A. A coat of paint
49. What runs but cannot walk, makes noises but never talks, has a bed but won’t sleep, has a mouth but doesn’t eat?
A. A river
50. Mary’s dad has five daughters – Nana, Nene, Nini, Nono. What is the name of the fifth daughter?
51. What is so delicate that even calling its name can break it?
52. You are running a race. If you pass the second person in the race, what place are you are in?
A. The second place
53. You keep it close, save it, avoid sharing it but are always happy taking it. What is it?
Difficult Riddles For Kids
Have the above riddles been a cake-walk for your children? Then read further to ask some tough questions.
54. If you call me right, you will be wrong. If you call me wrong, you will be right. What am I?
A. The word Wrong
55. I look like a city wall from far. Up close I look like a row of houses. I do not stay in one place but travel thousands of miles. What I am?
A. A train
56. I go up and I go down. I go towards the sky and towards the ground. I am present tense and past tense too. What am I?
A. A see-saw
57. It keeps running but has no legs. It makes a mighty sound but has no voice. It always falls down but can never move up. What is it?
58. I grow but I am not alive. I need air but water kills me. I start at one place and reach many places but I have no legs. What am I?
59. I give directions to others but do not know anything myself. I can tell you your way around and without me, you would probably be lost. What am I?
A. A road sign
60. The more you work, the more I eat. If you keep me full, I keep you neat. What am I?
A. A pencil sharpener
61. Every night you tell me what to do, every morning I do what I was told, but still, I am silenced by you. What am I?
A. An alarm clock
62. A truck driver went in the opposite direction of the traffic on a one-way street. The police officer saw the driver but did not stop him. Why?
A. The truck driver was walking!
63. I always point in one direction yet I navigate people around the world. What am I?
64. I drape the hills white and if you get close I will bite. What am I?
65. I am filled with garb, and you can take as many you want for free. Return what you do not want and I keep it safe for you for free. What am I?
A. A closet
66. What runs around the house but has no legs?
A. A fence
67. I build bridges of gold and silver. Each bridge is precious and always yours to keep. Who am I?
A. A dentist! (Dentists make dental bridges often made of gold and silver)
68. What has one eye but cannot see at all?
A. A needle
69. The more you take, the more you leave behind. What is it?
70. The more I work, the thinner I grow. The more you use me, the more I disappear. What am I?
A. A bar of soap
71. I can’t go left, I can’t go right. But I can take you high up. What am I?
A. An elevator
72. A man enters a cabin in New Delhi but exits it in Mumbai. How is it possible?
A. The man is a pilot!
73. I stalk you every day but not at night. You can see me but can never catch me. You can see my arms and legs but never my eyes. Who am I?
A. Your shadow!
74. A farmer and his wife have two chickens and two cows at their farm. How many feet are there in total?
A. Only four – two each of the farmer and his wife. Chicken have claws and the cows have hooves.
75. You throw away the outside, eat the inside, then throw away the inside. What is it?
A. Corn. You remove the husk, eat the corn kernels, and then throw away the stalk
76. I am one of the lightest things on earth, but even the strongest person cannot hold me for more than five minutes. What am I?
77. There exist two sisters. The first gives birth to the second sister and the second gives birth to the first. Who are they?
A. Day and night
78. Poke your fingers in my eyes and I will open my mouth wide. What am I?
79. Which English word sounds the same even when you remove four out of five letters from it?
80. I stay alive without air. I am never thirsty but always drinking water. What am I?
81. I can be long or I can be short. I can be painted or I can be bare. I can be round or I can be square. I can be near your feet and on your hands. What am I?
82. I look like a mirror and show you the world. Depending on how you use me, I can be of use or waste of time to you. What am I?
A. A television
83. I have a name but it’s not mine. No one cares about me in their prime. But people cry at my sight and may even lie by my side at day or night. Who am I?
A. A tombstone
84. I can be used to build castles but will flow through your fingers. I can travel for miles yet cover and bury vast lands. What am I?
85. I am a small room with a door yet no one can live inside me. It can be hot or rainy outside, but I always keep myself cold from inside. What am I?
A. A refrigerator
86. I am the beginning of the end and the end of time and space. I am essential to the creation and you will find me at the end of every place. What am I?
A. The letter E
87. I can bring a smile to your face, a tear in your eye, I can make you feel angry, or make you regret. But you can never see me nor touch me. What am I?
A. A memory
88. What can you always count on when things go wrong?
A. Your fingers!
89. I am always there in your sight, but no matter how much you chase me you can never catch me.
A. The horizon
90. 32 white horses stood on a red hill. First, they champ, then they stamp, but one of them fell away, so now they stand still. What are they?
91. I have memories but no thoughts of my own. I show what I have inside and it can be changed. People look at what’s inside me and smile or may look at what’s inside me and cry. What am I?
A. A picture frame
92. We are an important part of your daily food plan, but you can never have us before breakfast. Who are we?
A. Lunch and Dinner
93. I point without fingers. I strike without arms. I run without feet. What am I?
A. A clock
94. Dressed in black and white, they can fight for hours. Despite their valor, they cannot think and you control them all. What are they?
95. I am big, white, heavy, and live on the top of the world. Identify me?
A. Polar bear (polar bears live in the Arctic on the North Pole)
96. I have no life but I can die. What am I?
A. A battery
97. I can share a lot of knowledge but I have no voice. I can open and close, but I am not a door. What am I?
A. A book
98. What is it that when you take the whole of it, some remains?
99. I have three letters. I read the same forward and backward. You use me all the time but the irony is that you do not see me. What am I?
100. I do not exist now but eventually, come to existence. People know that I exist, but when I arrive I change my name. I motivate people and give them hope. What am I?
101. I can reach out the sky, talk with birds and wind, yet always remain grounded. What am I?
A. A tree
102. There is always something new to see here but the place is always the same. While you enjoy what you see, the place gets your money’s share. What is it?
A. A movie theater
103. I sit on a bridge and people see the world through me. I can add color to the world and perhaps make you look good. What am I?
A. Sunglasses. It sits on the bridge of your nose
104. I could be running but I do not have legs. I am always ahead of you, and you can never overtake me. What am I?
105. I only live when there is light, but can die if light shines on me. What am I?
106. I am as light as air, but you cannot hold and lift me. What am I?
A. A bubble
107. Which automobile is spelled the same forward and backward?
108. What can you put in a box to make the box lighter?
109. If everything I said is a lie, am I currently speaking the truth or a lie?
A. A lie!
110. I am a building that has the most stories, but you can never hear one for I love silence. What am I?
111. I have a tail and sail through the sky but have no wings to flap. I can move anywhere in the sky but can never see where I am going because I have no eyes. What am I?
A. A kite
112. I stay at one place but help people move across a thousand miles. What am I?
A. A railway track
Math Riddles For Kids
A little bit of math in each riddle can polish your child’s math skills.
113. If there are four apples and you take away three from them, then how many do you have?
A. You took away three apples, so you have three
114. When you add a number to me, the number stays the answer. But when you multiply a number to me, I am always the answer. What number am I?
115. Two fathers and two sons went plucking apples. They plucked one apple each but only got three apples. Why?
A. The group consists of a grandfather, his son, and the grandson. Therefore, there are only three people.
116. I am a three-digit number. The second digit is four times as big as the third digit (ones place) and eight times as big as the first digit (hundreds place). What is the number?
117. John has to paint numbers on 100 apartments. How many times will he paint the number 8?
A. 20 times (8, 18, 28, 38, 48, 58, 68, 78, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, and 98)
118. I have added 5 to 9 and got the answer as 2, which is correct. How can that be?
A. Add 5 hours to 9am and get 2pm
119. I am a single digit number. When you write me, I have no start and no end. I am an even number. I resemble a pair of glasses stored on their side. Who am I?
120. How can you add eight 8s so that the answer is 1,000?
A. 888+88+8+8+8 = 1000
121. I am an odd number. But when you remove a letter from my name I become even. What am I?
A. Seven. Remove the letter S from Seven and you get the word Even.
122. We are three positive numbers. Add us or multiple us. You will get the same answer. Who are we?
A. 1, 2, and 3
123. How many times can I subtract 5 from 25?
A. Only once. (Then it becomes 20)
124. It is a three-digit number. The second digit is 3 more than the third digit. The first digit is 3 less than the second digit. What is the number?
125. If you multiply all the numbers of a telephone’s number pad, what answer do you get?
A. 0, because the number pad contains 0
126. Multiply a number with me or divide a number by me, the number will always be the answer. What am I?
A. The number 1
127. A man is 20 years old but had five birthdays. How is it possible?
A. The man was born in a leap year.
Mystery Riddles For Kids
There is a touch of mystery in these riddles.
128. Two women came to a restaurant. One of them ordered hot tea while another ordered iced tea. The woman who chose hot tea had three cups while the woman who ordered iced tea had only one glass. After an hour after their meal, the woman who had iced tea was dead. How?
A. The poison was in the ice.
129. A woman shot her husband. She then held him underwater in darkness. Later that night they both enjoy dinner. How is it possible?
A. The woman took a picture of her husband with a film camera. She developed the film in a dark room and then at night, the couple had dinner together.
130. A man was found dead with a cassette tape in one hand and a gun in the other. The police pressed the play button and there was a voice recording of the man stating that he did not want to live anymore and thus was shooting himself. The police immediately realized that it was a murder and not a suicide? How did the police know it?
A. The man was already dead by the time the recording was over. So how was the tape rewound to the start?
131. A king condemns a murderer to death. He is given a choice of three rooms for execution. The first room is full of scorching fire, the second one has assassins with arrows, and the third room has hungry lions, who have not eaten for years. Which one should he choose to save his life?
A. The lions in the third room would have been dead since they did not get food for years.
132. A woman is found dead on a Sunday evening. The police question all the members in the house. The husband says that he was sleeping. The butler says that he was cleaning the kitchen. The maid was busy collecting the mail from the postman. The gardener was watering the plants. The cook was chopping vegetables to prepare a meal. Who is lying?
A. The maid. Postmen do not deliver mail on Sundays.
133. A man is found dead at his home on a Thursday. When the police arrive, they realize that the man has been dead for a few days now. The police notice all the mails the man received over the past few days, bottles of milk, Monday’s newspapers, and some promotional flyers. The police get their suspect right away. Who is that person?
A. The newspaper boy. He knew there is no one to read the newspaper at that home so he did not deliver the newspaper on Tuesday and Wednesday.
134. Two pilots are in the desert. Both have a pack that saves lives. One man is dead and his pack is closed. The other man who is alive has his pack open. What is the pack?
A. The pack is a parachute. They may have jumped from an airplane.
Silly Riddles For Kids
A bit wacky, a bit silly, but always funny!
135. Which bank never has money?
A. The riverbank
136. What cup cannot hold water?
A. A cupcake
137. What is an astronaut’s favorite meal?
A. A launch
138. What has orange, red, green, blue, brown, purple, black, and white in it?
A. A box of crayons!
139. When is homework not a homework?
A. When you do it in class!
140. What demands an answer but asks no question. You greet it every time you meet it, but it is not a person. What is it?
A. A telephone
141. Drop me from the tallest of buildings and I will survive. Drop me from the smallest of boats and I will be destroyed. What am I?
A. A piece of paper
142. How do you make the number one go away without subtraction or division?
A. Just add the letter G to “One” to make it “Gone”
143. Mary got into the shower room, but her hair did not get wet. How?
A. She didn’t turn the water on.
144. How many apples grow on a tree?
A. All! All apples grow on a tree.
145. What is made of wood, but cannot be sawed?
146. Why did the bee put honey under its pillow?
A. It wanted to have sweet dreams
147. Which question can you never answer no matter how hard you try?
A. “Are you dead?”
148. C and Y are very bitter. But when they are together they always are sweet. How is it possible?
A. Because C and Y is Candy (CandY)!
149. Why can’t dinosaurs clap?
A. Because they are extinct!
150. You are my brother but I am not your brother. Who am I then?
A. I am your sister!
151. During which month do people sleep the least?
A. February. It has 28 days.
152. If Mr. Pink lives in a pink house, Mr. Blue lives in a blue house, then who lives in the white house?
A. The President of the USA
153. The more it dries, the wetter it gets. What is it?
A. A towel
154. You can keep it only after you give it to someone. What is it?
A. A word
155. What would be the relation of your father’s sister’s sister-in-law with you?
156. If I have three apples and four oranges in one hand and four apples and three oranges in another hand, then what do I have?
A. Very large hands!
157. The more you take away, the larger it becomes. What is it?
A. A hole
158. There is an apple tree. A storm comes, and there are no apples on the tree. There are no apples on the ground either. So what happened to the apples?
A. The apple tree had not sprouted any apples yet
159. It comes once in a year, twice in a week, and never in a day. What is it?
A. The letter E
160. You can hear it but never see or touch it. What is it?
A. Your voice
161. You can break it without even holding or crushing it. What is it?
A. A promise
162. I have a neck and mouth but I do not have a head. What am I?
A. A bottle
163. I have four eyes but cannot see. What am I?
A. Mississippi. It has four “I” in it.
164. I have hands that move but I can never clap. What am I?
165. What travels anywhere in the world yet sticks to one place?
A. A stamp
166. You can serve it but never eat it. What is it?
A. A tennis ball
167. The dress that you can never wear.
168. It is a bet that can never be won.
A. The alphabet
169. I fly around the entire day yet I never go to a new place. What am I?
A. A flag
170. It has a bark but not a bite. What is it?
A. A tree
171. It is easy to get into but very hard to get out of.
A. A trouble
172. A pirate decided to join the military. Which branch of the military did he join?
A. Navy, since pirates love the sea.
173. What would you call a bird in winter?
174. What do you call a cow that always has mood swings?
175. Why do people say eating carrots is good for eyesight?
A. Well, have you ever seen a rabbit wear glasses?
176. How will a dog stop a YouTube video?
A. He will press the Paws (pause) button!
177. What do you call an unwell crocodile?
178. What is the difference between a bus driver and a cold?
A. One nose (knows) the stop, the other stops the nose
179. What is the difference between a hill and a pill?
A. A hill is hard to get up, a pill makes us get up
180. When is a doctor most frustrated?
A. When he is out of patients (patience).
181. What runs the fastest in a cold?
A. The nose
182. How did the pair of jeans feel when ironed?
A. It felt de-pressed!
183. The alphabet went from A to Z. What went from Z to A?
Science Riddles For Kids
It is an excellent way to acquaint your child with basic science concepts.
184. What did the scientist say when he discovered two molecules of helium?
185. What is both solid and liquid, both water and land?
A. A wetland
186. It is a group of three. All three are related. But the first one always sits and never gets up; the second is always heated up; the third once gone, never returns. Who is the trio?
A. Stove, Fire, and Smoke
187. Two girls are born on the same day at the same time to the same mother, yet the two are not twins. How is it possible?
A. They are triplets. They have a third sister
188. Two men go into a restaurant. The first man says to the waiter, “I want H2O”. The other man smiles and tells the waiter, “I will have H2O, too”. The waiter brings the order. Both gulp down what they ordered. While the first man lives, the second one dies. Why?
A. The first man had water (H2O). But the second man said, “H2O too”. Therefore, the waiter brought H2O2, hydrogen peroxide, which is toxic when consumed.
189. What did the kid reply when the doctor asked if he is getting enough iron?
A. The kid replied that he chews nails every day!
190. Which element hates to be a follower?
191. It is the only organ that can name itself?
A. The brain
192. This scientific concept is the loneliest of all.
193. A man was born on 21 December yet his birthday always falls in summer. How can it be?
A. The man was born in the southern hemisphere. The seasons in the two hemispheres are opposite to one another.
194. I come as a gas and share a relationship with neon. I am also the home of a very popular super person. What am I?
A. Krypton (It is also the name of the planet from where Superman comes)
195. What two elements heal when combined?
A. Helium and Aluminium (He+Al)
196. What four elements, when their first letters combined, become something that terrifies criminals?
A. Carbon, Oxygen, Phosphorus, and Sulfur (C+O+P+S)
197. What unit of time has the least weight?
A. A light year!
198. What number do Nickel and Neon make together?
A. Nine (Ni+Ne)
199. I can be still yet make a rush. I can be hot, I can be cold, I can be hard as a rock, yet slip through the smallest of pores. What am I?
200. How can you throw a ball 10 meters, and make it come back without hitting it?
A. Throw the ball upwards!
201. It can never be seen nor can it be touched, but it packs enough heat to cook your lunch. What is it?
202. What did the fox scientist name his lab?
203. When two nuclei become one, I become very excited and release a lot of energy. What am I?
A. Nuclear fusion
204. I can be good, I can be bad. I am outside your body and inside too. There are medicines to kill me, there are medicines that add more of me to you. What am I?
205. When I am solid I can float on liquid. I can also warm you when I convert from liquid to gas. What am I?
You have enough riddles to hold the interest of your children and keep them busy too, isn’t it? Do you have any more riddles to add? Write them down in the comment section below.
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