riddles for kids

50+ Best Riddles for Kids and Students (With Answers) [2020]

Every young kid loves a good riddle. Why? Well, besides the fact that there are fun riddles that can tickle their funny bone, there are riddles and puzzles that can make them feel like they’re learning (and they are!) and really challenging themselves to find the answer, but in a way that feels different from the traditional. 

There are a number of benefits of riddles for kids, too. Not only does it elevate and stimulate creative thinking, but it can boost cognitive abilities and critical thinking skills in a fun, engaging way. 

Each simple riddle below is for kids. They are an easy riddle perfect for any age group. They contain math riddles, word puzzles, silly riddles, short riddles, and are a fun way to educate young kids. Don’t worry, the answers are here too! 

Riddles for Kids

Here are some of the best riddles for kids

Soft and cuddly, I’ll pull on your heart. But take my last name and I’ll tear you apart. What am I?

A teddy bear.

I have two hands, but I can not scratch myself. What am I?

A clock.

I have four legs, one head, and one foot. What am I?

A bed! 

What has four fingers and a thumb but is not alive? 

A glove! 

What’s bright orange with green on top and sounds like a parrot?

A carrot! 

What can be as big as an elephant but weigh nothing?

An elephant’s shadow. 

What can fall down and never get hurt?


What do you get if you cross an apple with a Christmas tree?

A pine-apple. 

I come in many different colors and I get bigger when I’m full. I will float away if you don’t tie me down and I will make a loud sound if I break. What am I?

A balloon.

What is the best way to get something out from under an elephant?

Wait for the elephant to go away. 

What kind of tree can you carry in your hand?


What should you do when you see a big lion?

Hope the big lion doesn’t see you! 

What looks just like a loaf of bread?

The other half of a loaf of bread. 

The names of the seven dwarves are Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy, Dopey. What is the name of the tallest one in their house?

Snow White.

What has a foot but no leg?

A ruler. 

I have a trunk but I am not an elephant. What am I?

A tree! 

I have wings and a tail, across the sky is where I sail. Yet I have no eyes, ears, or mouth, and I bob randomly from north to south. What am I?

A kite.

What has legs but doesn’t walk?

A table.

What is the best way to keep a skunk from smelling?

Hold its nose.

What letter of the English alphabet is an insect?

B. (bee)

Scavenger Hunt Riddles

Who doesn’t love a good scavenger hunt? By transforming this fun adventure game into a fun riddle game with an adventure, your little ones will use their brains in search of the correct answer and enjoy themselves at the same time. It’s a win-win! 

I’m never wicked, but I do have a wick.

I come in all sizes, from skinny to thick.


Round and round, that’s the only way for me! I take with me all your laundry. No need to fret, they’re safe with me. I just want to keep them clean.

Washing machine.

Standing quietly against a wall, you rarely notice me though I’m tall. Inside, I keep a lot of treats. Open my door and then you’ll see!


From my reflection,

you will see your complexion.


What has a ring, but no finger?


People climb me, cut me, and burn me, they show me no respect! My rings are not of gold, but they do tell my age?


I don’t go out and play, I just stay home all day, I’m nice – you might agree, but mostly your feet just rub me?


Oscar thinks it’s really neat, but ask another and they will say, “it really stinks and should be left on the street.”

Garbage can.

For the movie, you shall pop some corn.

When it’s ready the buzzer will warn.


From this pot, 

the adults can drink a lot.

Coffee pot.

Difficult Riddles 

These gentle challenging riddles are a good way for kids to really use logic and their developing cognitive skills to find the right answer

What goes up and down the stairs without moving?

A carpet.

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?

There weren’t any stairs, it was a one-story house!

David’s father has three sons: Snap, Crackle, and _____?


A doctor and a boy were fishing. The boy was the doctor’s son, but the doctor was not the boy’s father. Who was the doctor?

His mother.

What comes down but never goes up?


What gets wet while it’s drying?

A towel! 

What’s really easy to get into, and hard to get out of?


What is always in front of us but can’t be seen?

The future.

Where do you find keys that won’t work in a lock?

On a piano.

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?


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 belongs to you but other people use it more than you?

Your name!

A man in a car saw a Golden Door, Silver Door, and a Bronze Door. What door did he open first?

The car door.

What word of only three syllables contains 26 letters?

Alphabet = (26 letters)

Here’s a great riddle that will for sure stump some people and make them laugh at the same time: 

How many months have 28 days? 

All of them! 

Math Puzzles 

Incorporating a riddle or two for young students in the classroom can strengthen their cognitive abilities and problem-solving skills while in search of the right answer. It can motivate them to learn in an untraditional way! For example, a fun brain teaser is are a great way to get them to challenge themselves and their thinking skills. 

By having students answer a bonus riddle or puzzle at the end of a math quiz, they can slowly but surely (and hopefully) develop a love for the subject. You could add a fun riddle–one that might feel more like a joke–and then ease them into a hard riddle that will allow them to really use their brains in search of the answer

Here are some super fun math riddles that are great for young kids who might have a hard time enjoying the math learning process: 

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? 

Seven. (Seven-s=even) 

If you multiply this number by any other number, the answer will always be the same. What number is this? 

Zero (0) 

Using only the addition method, how can you use eight eights to get the number 1,000?

888 +88 +8 +8 +8

You are given 3 positive numbers. You can add these numbers and multiply them together and the results will be the same. What are these numbers?

1, 2, and 3. 

In a classroom, there are 12 kids. 6 kids are wearing socks, 4 are wearing shoes, and 3 are wearing both socks and shoes. How many are bare feet?


Mary has 7 daughters and each of them has a brother. Can you figure out the total number of kids Mary have?

8 kids! The sisters have just one brother in common.

A, B, C, and D can make four flower pots in four hours. If so how many such flower pots can be made in 8 hours by eight men?

16 flower pots

Here’s a funny riddle to end the set: 

If a rooster laid 13 eggs and the farmer took 8 of them, and another rooster laid 12 eggs and 4 of them were rotten, how many eggs were left? 

Roosters don’t lay eggs! 

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