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Here Are 25 of the Best Riddles for Kids—Can You Solve Them?

Riddles for kids may seem easy, but you'll have to be sharp to solve them. Put on your thinking cap and help kids find the answers!

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Riddle: Dinner time

I’m always on the dinner table, but you don’t get to eat me. What am I?

Answer: Plates and silverware

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Riddle: Birdcall

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

Answer: A carrot

This is one of the trickier riddles for kids because it sends them into the direction of thinking of different types of birds. The article “a,” “a parrot,” is a bit clunky, because if the riddle used “sounds like parrot” or “rhymes with parrot,” kids would probably get the answer right off the bat.

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Riddle: Mellow yellow

There’s a one-story house where everything is yellow. The walls are yellow. The doors are yellow. Even all the furniture is yellow. The house has yellow beds and yellow couches. What colour are the stairs?

Answer: There aren’t any stairs—it’s a one-story house.

Riddles with scenarios try to trip you up by assuming you’ll focus on highlighted details and forget the detail that pulls you toward the answer. These kinds of riddles for kids help them with listening skills and precision.

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Riddle: Time out

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

Answer: Trouble

When kids learn the answer to this fun riddle, they’ll get a kick out of the play on words.

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Riddle: Easy as ABC

What word contains 26 letters, but only has three syllables?

Answer: Alphabet

Riddles are famous for being tricky. The most fun riddles for kids stimulate their imagination and jumpstart a tendency to think wisely. This riddle helps kids practice brainstorming for long vocabulary words until they realize the word they’re actually looking for.

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Riddle: Talk the talk

What can you hear, but not see or touch, even though you control it?

Answer: Your voice

Riddles for kids challenge their understanding of language. This riddle encourages kids to think conceptually about the way they experience the world.

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Riddle: Safety first

A girl fell off a 20-foot ladder. She wasn’t hurt. Why?

Answer: She fell off the bottom step.

Hopefully, riddles for kids that feature scary scenarios aren’t stressful, but rather help them learn how to problem-solve. Sure, that ladder’s really tall, but under what circumstances could a fall remain safe? Help your child talk through the options until they hit on the answer.

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Riddle: Take a look

What has lots of eyes, but can’t see?

Answer: A potato

Riddles for kids should be challenging, but they also need to be gettable. Ideally, kids get a chuckle or an “aha moment” when they finally figure the answers out. This riddle’s answer relies on getting kids to think in a new way about eyes and they might even learn a new fact or two about sprouts.

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Riddle: Best pals

I am often following you and copying your every move. Yet you can never touch me or catch me. What am I?

Answer: A shadow

This is a great riddle for kids when they’re playing outside because you can demonstrate the answer if the lighting is right.

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Riddle: Storytime

Grandpa went out for a walk and it started to rain. He didn’t bring an umbrella or a hat. His clothes got soaked, but not a hair on his head was wet. How is this possible?

Answer: Grandpa was bald

Situation or story riddles for kids help them focus on details and develop logic skills. You’ll enjoy watching them problem-solving and helping them out.

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Riddle: Watch out

What has hands, but can’t clap?

Answer: A clock

This riddle is great for kids to learn that words can have several different meanings. They’ll enjoy learning the alternate definitions for hands and get practice expanding their vocabulary.

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Riddle: Teardrops

I add lots of flavour and have many layers, but if you get to close I’ll make you cry. What am I?

Answer: An onion

Riddles for kids train them to think critically and conceptually. To get the answer, they’ll have to learn to go beyond the obvious, push past their first thoughts, and think in the abstract to find the answer.

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Riddle: Take a seat

What has legs, but doesn’t walk?

Answer: A table

This riddle helps kids learn to think figuratively. The answer is an object that does have legs, just not the kind that first spring to mind. Encourage kids to think of what household items have legs as they try to figure out this riddle.

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Riddle: Buy a vowel

You see me once in June, twice in November, but not at all in May. What am I?

Answer: The letter “e”

In this riddle, kids may benefit from a clue. To help them out, ask them what letter follows those rules?

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Riddle: Cross your heart

What can you break, even if you never pick it up or touch it?

Answer: A promise

Encourage kids to think conceptually as they consider this riddle. They’ll need to think about the kinds of things that can get broken. Help them look beyond objects to concepts. Riddles often rely on conceptual and critical thinking to find the answer.

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Riddle: Play outside

I run along your property and all around the backyard, yet I never move. What am I?

Answer: A fence

To find the answer to this riddle, you need to think beyond the more obvious meaning of the word “run.”

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Riddle: Sunnyside up

I have to be opened, but I don’t have a lid or a key to get in. What am I?

Answer: An egg

Some riddles are frustrating. They’re designed to trip you up and make you twist your thinking style into new positions. Guide your kids through the challenge. It’s not always about getting it right, but understanding why the answer makes sense.

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Riddle: Weight for it

Which is heavier: a ton of bricks or a ton of feathers?

Answer: Neither, they both weigh the same.

Everyone loves this classic brain-twister. The answer relies on the details. Kids need to avoid the distraction of heavy bricks and light feathers and focus on the actual unit of weight in the clue.

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Riddle: Hey bro!

Tom’s father has three sons: Jim, John, and what’s the third one’s name?

Answer: Tom

Does this one feel too easy? You’d be surprised how often kids miss the answer that’s right there in the clue.

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Riddle: Bless you!

What can you catch, but not throw?

Answer: A cold

The answer to this riddle relies on an idiom, a turn of phrase, with which they may not be familiar. It’s another riddle that encourages kids to think beyond objects to find the answer in the abstract.

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Riddle: Sweet treat

What kind of cup doesn’t hold water?

Answer: Cupcake or hiccup

This is another one of those riddles for kids that can also prove super challenging for grown-ups. Though you may be clued into the fact that you’re looking for something beyond a teacup, the two potential answers are tricky to find.

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Riddle: Just up ahead

I am always in front of you and never behind you. What am I?

Answer: Your future

Kids will probably need some help coming up with this conceptual answer. Encourage them to think creatively and in the abstract. Help kids avoid frustration and stay positive during the challenge of a hard riddle.

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Riddle: Rock on

What kind of band never plays music?

Answer: A rubber band

This one seems obvious, but it can still be tricky. Encourage kids to think past their immediate association with the word “band.” After they think of marching bands and rock bands, ask them what other kinds of bands come to mind.

For more creative thinking exercises, try these tricky crossword puzzle clues.

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Riddle: Trick time

Which month of the year has 28 days?

Answer: All of them

This riddle is very tricky because it seems to ask for just one month. However, even though one month is known for this number of days, any month would be correct. This riddle helps kids pay attention to details and expand their thinking.

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Riddle: Brush up

I have many teeth, but I cannot bite. What am I?

Answer: A comb

Kids might not know the terms for individual pieces of everyday objects. Riddles can help them learn those terms, as well as life skills that help them think differently.

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