Looking for a fun challenge that will get you thinking, but not thinking too hard? Here are some easy riddles (with a question and answer format) that are great for everyone! We’ll go from some simple, short riddles and to gradually getting into the brainteasers that will require a bit more logic and critical thinking.
Here are 10 easy riddles that the kids will love. Each riddle below contains the answer following it.
I have three letters. I read the same forward and backward. And, I know you’ll get the answer, I know you’ll see. It’s a word that is important to you and me. What word am I?
It is not in your tummy but somewhere above. It is thought by many to be the symbol of love. What am I?
What is the best way to keep a skunk from smelling?
Hold its nose.
What is at the end of a rainbow?
What runs around the whole yard without moving?
I stay in the corner and yet I travel all around the world. What am I?
What can you catch but never throw?
What has four fingers and a thumb but isn’t alive?
How do you spell hard water with three letters?
This riddle is about a room, but it won’t really make you think. It’s the one with a dishwasher, a fridge-freezer, oven, and sink. What am I?
If you took two apples from three apples, how many apples would you have?
If it takes one man three days to dig a hole, how long does it take two men to dig half a hole?
You can’t dig half a hole!
What do you throw out when you want to use it, but take in when you don’t want to use it?
Classically Funny Riddles
These are some riddles that don’t require much effort from the depths of your brain, but ones that kids will find fun and enjoyable. You’ll be sure to get a chuckle out of these!
What kind of tree can you carry in your hand?
A palm tree.
When should you give elephant milk to a baby?
When the baby is an elephant.
Where will the cat be when the lights go out?
In the dark.
What’s the best thing to put into a pie?
Joe’s father had three son’s Snap, Crackle and…?
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?
None of them, because you can’t get a banana from a coconut tree!
What do you answer even though it never asks you questions?
What is black, white, and read all over?
I have cities, but no houses. I have forests, but no trees. I have water but no fish. What am I?
What is the last thing you take off before going to bed?
Your feet from the bed.
What begins with an ‘E’ and ends with an ‘E’ but only has one letter?
How many bricks does it take to complete a building made from bricks?
One – the last brick.
What bird can lift the most?
These riddles might be a bit trickier for the little ones, but pretty easy for the big kids–sorry, teenagers–to answer. Test some of these riddles out on your friends and see if they can figure them out…
A peacock lays an egg on a fence between two houses. Who owns the egg?
Peacocks don’t lay eggs, only peahens do.
What belongs to you but other people use it more than you?
One train leaves the station at 11. Another train also leaves at 11 and is traveling in the opposite direction on the same tracks. The trains do not collide. How is this possible?
One leaves in the AM and the other leaves in the PM.
A truck driver is going opposite traffic on a one-way street. A police officer sees him but doesn’t stop him. Why didn’t the police officer stop him?
He is walking.
A man in a car saw a Golden Door, Silver Door, and a Bronze Door. What door did he open first?
The car door.
There’s a pink man in a one-story pink house. Everything in the house is pink. What color are the stairs?
There are no stairs, it’s a one-story house.
Can you drop a full glass and spill no water?
Yes, when the glass is full of milk.
If you are running in a race and pass the person in 2nd place, what position are you in?
The rich people want me, the poor people have me, and if you eat me, you die. What am I?
There is a pink house made of bricks, a blue house made of bricks, an orange house made of bricks. What color bricks is a greenhouse made of?
A greenhouse is made of glass or plastic, not bricks.
A boy fell off a 100-foot ladder. But he did not get hurt. Why not?
He was only on the first step.
If you feed me, I live. If you water me, I die. What am I?
The more you take, the more you leave behind. What are they?
What can be measured but not seen?
What has to be broken before you can use it?
What do you bury when it’s alive and dig up when it’s dead?
I can make people happy, I can make people cry. I can make people want me, and I can drive people crazy. What am I?
Where will you find Friday before Thursday?
In a dictionary.
It is filled with keys but is unable to open any door. What is it?
What has a horn, but does not make any noise?
I fly all day long, but I do not go anywhere. What am I?
I am a flag.
Not only is math a subject that kids find to be hard to understand, but also it’s a subject that is hard to enjoy. So how can you get your kids interested in learning? Tell them a riddle!
There are a number of benefits to using brain teasers in the classroom, like for math. Not only can it help strengthen cognitive abilities and problem-solving skills, but it can also motivate kids to learn in a way that feels like they’re taking a break from traditional classwork. They can be great extra credit questions on a math quiz, too!
Here are some easy riddles with their simple answers (some of them can be used as jokes too!). There’s also some math puzzles and word problems that might be a bit more challenging. These puzzles might make learning math and using thinking skills a little bit more entertaining for students. Don’t worry – the trickier puzzles will have a clue or a hint to help figure out the answer.
What did the triangle say to the circle?
How many sides does a circle have?
2–the inside and the outside!
What did the math book say to the other math book?
“Do you want to hear my problems?”
Eggs are $0.12 a dozen. How many eggs can you get for a dollar?
100 eggs, at one penny each.
Billy was asked to paint numbers on apartments 1 thorough 100. How many times will we have to paint the number 8?
20 times! (8, 18, 28, 38, 48, 58, 68, 78, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 98)
A grandmother, 2 mothers, and 2 daughters went to the movies and bought 1 ticket each. How many tickets did they buy in total?
3 tickets. (The grandmother is also a mother and the mother is also a daughter.)
X is an odd number. Take away an alphabet from x and it becomes even. What’s that number?
If you multiply this number by any other number, the answer will always be the same. What number is this?
Using only the addition method, how can you use eight eights to get the number 1,000?
888 +88 +8 +8 +8
Now, if you want your child to really use their mind to figure out the answers to some hard riddles, here are some good ones for them to challenge themselves:
Find a 10-digit number where the first digit is how many zeros in the number, the second digit is how many 1s in the number etc. until the tenth digit which is how many 9s in the number.
I am a 2-digit number. I am more than 6 + 6 and less than 8 + 8. What number am I? (Clue: I am even.)
What is unique about 8549176320? (Clue: Think about English and the alphabet.)
It is the digits 0 to 9 in alphabetical order.
If one and a half hens lay one and a half eggs in one and a half days, how many eggs does one hen lay in one day?
Find the daily rate per hen:
Hens × Days × (Daily Rate) = Eggs
1½ × 1½ × (Daily Rate) = 1½
(Daily Rate) = 1½ / (1½ × 1½)
Daily Rate = 1/(1½) = 2/3
So 1 hen in 1 day will lay two-thirds of an egg.
Here’s a mix between a hard riddle and a math puzzle:
A man who had lived at the highest-numbered address on his street moved to another house on the same street. He noted that the sum of all the addresses below his new address was the same as the sum of all the addresses above his new address. (Every numbered address on the street is used.) He had owned some beautiful brass house numbers and was pleased to discover that he did not have to purchase any new ones. For his new house, he used all of the brass numbers from his previous house. What is his new address?
Old Address: 1681
New Address: 1189
The summation of integers 1 through 1188 is equal to the summation of integers 1190 through 1681. Additionally, the person can reuse their number labels since they both have 1, 1, and 8, and you could flip the 6 upside-down to be the 9.
Do you have any favorite riddles?