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Riddles for Children

Riddles for Children

How to keep children occupied without resorting to a smartphone.

Riddles are not only fun but can also boost children’s verbal fluency and creative thinking. Riddles typically rely on unusual perspectives and / or using words with veiled or multiple meanings. Please email us new ones and we'll add them to the list.

See also: Classroom Humour

  • I am always running, but never get tired or hot. What am I?
    Answer: a refrigerator

  • You’re running a race and at the very end, you pass the person in 2nd place. What place did you finish the race in?
    Answer: 2nd place

  • If I have it, I don’t share it. If I share it, I don’t have it. What is it?
    Answer: a secret

  • It’s the only place in the world where today comes before yesterday. Where is it?
    Answer: a dictionary

  • I go all around the world, but never leave the corner. What am I?
    Answer: a stamp

  • I have a head and tail, but no body. What am I?
    Answer: a coin

  • If you don't keep me, I break. What am I?
    Answer: a promise

  • It belongs to you, but your friends use it more. What is it?
    Answer: your name

  • You’ll find me in Mercury, Earth, Mars and Jupiter, but not in Venus or Neptune. What am I?”
    Answer: the letter 'R'

  • What is so fragile that saying its name breaks it?
    Answer: silence

  • After a train crashed, every single person died. Who survived?
    Answer: all of the couples

  • Three men were in a boat. It capsized, but only two got their hair wet. Why?
    Answer: one was bald

  • What goes up a chimney down, but won't come down a chimney up?
    Answer: an umbrella

  • What gets bigger the more you take away?
    Answer: a hole

  • I am an odd number. Take away a letter and I become even. What number am I?
    Answer: seven

  • What has one head, one foot and four legs?
    Answer: a bed

  • Everyone has it and no one can lose it; what is it?
    Answer: a shadow

  • What goes up but never comes back down?
    Answer: your age

  • What begins with an E but only has one letter in it?
    Answer: an envelope

  • What begins with T, finishes with T, and has “T” in it?
    Answer: a teapot

  • Which weighs more: a kilogram of feathers or a kilogram of bricks?
    Answer: they weigh the same

  • What is full of holes but still holds water?
    Answer: a sponge

  • Who can shave 25 times a day but still have a beard?
    Answer: a barber

  • What has a bed but never sleeps, can run but never walks and has a bank but no money?
    Answer: a river

  • The more you take the more you leave behind. What are they?
    Answer: footsteps

  • What has four wheels and flies?
    Answer: a garbage truck

  • What has 88 keys, but cannot open a single door?
    Answer: a piano

  • Mary has four daughters and each of her daughters has a brother - how many children does Mary have?
    Answer: five - each daughter has the same single brother

  • I have no life, but I can die. What am I?
    Answer: a battery

  • What gets wetter as it dries?
    Answer: a towel

  • You walk into a dark room containing a match, a gas lamp, a candle and a fireplace. Which would you light first?
    Answer: the match

  • Which word is spelt wrong in every dictionary?
    Answer: wrong

  • How many months have 28 days?
    Answer: all of them

  • What has a face and two hands but no arms or legs?
    Answer: a clock

  • What has a bottom at the top?
    Answer: your legs

  • Which five letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it?
    Answer: short (short+er)

  • There is a rooster sitting on top of a barn. If it laid an egg, which way would it roll?
    Answer: roosters don’t lay eggs

  • Where can you find cities, towns, shops and streets but no people?
    Answer: a map

  • I’m tall when I’m young and I’m short when I’m old. What am I?
    Answer: a candle

  • How do you get two whales ('to Wales') in a mini?
    Answer: straight along the M4

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