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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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