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Funny Riddles for Kids and Family Fun!

Adults and kids alike love the challenge of a good riddle. For children, riddles can be a good way of promoting problem-solving skills, and getting them to think outside of the box. A riddle that racks the brain is not only a fun puzzle but feels super satisfying to solve. Funny riddles for kids are the perfect introduction to these conundrums and will make little ones laugh even as they’re trying to figure out the answer.


Riddles for Kids with Answers

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  1. What has hands and a face, but can’t hold anything or smile? (A clock)
  2. I have a tail and a head, but no body. What am I? (A coin)
  3. What becomes shorter when you add two letters to it? (The word ‘short’)
  4. What goes away as soon as you talk about it? (Silence)
  5. What can run but cannot walk? (Water)
  6. I’m as light as a feather, but even the world’s strongest man couldn’t hold me for much more than a minute. What am I? (Breath)
  7. I follow you everywhere you go but disappear when it gets dark. What am I? (Your shadow)
  8. What can you catch, but cannot hold? (A cold)
  9. Where can you find cities, towns, shops, and streets, but no people? (A map)
  10. What gets wetter the more it dries? (A towel)
  11. With Mother’s Day and Memorial Day, I’m a month for remembrance. Flowers bloom from my springtime showers. What month am I? (May)
  12. What is yours but mostly used by others? (Your name)
  13. What can never be put in a saucepan? (Its lid)
  14. What can travel around the world without moving from its corner? (A stamp)
  15. A man looks at a painting in a museum and says, “Brothers and sisters I have none, but that man’s father is my father’s son.” Who is in the painting? (The man’s son)
  16. Where does today come before yesterday? (In the dictionary)
  17. The more you take, the more you leave behind. What am I? (Footsteps)
  18. With pointed fangs I sit and wait, with piercing force I crunch out fate. Grabbing victims, proclaiming might, physically joining with a single bite. What am I? (A stapler)

Classic Funny Riddles

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  1. What room do ghosts avoid? (The living room)
  2. Where would you take a sick boat? (To the dock)
  3. I can be cracked or played, told or made. What am I? (A joke!)
  4. What animal can jump higher than a building? (All of them—buildings can’t jump!)
  5. What question can you never answer “yes” to? (Are you asleep?)
  6. The more of this there is, the less you see. What is it? (Darkness)
  7. Forward I am heavy but backward I am not. What am I? (The word ‘not’)
  8. What did the triangle say to the circle? (You are pointless)
  9. What runs all around a backyard but never moves? (A fence)
  10. What building has the most stories? (A library)
  11. I’m the month when leaves change color and blankets come out. Halloween and pumpkin spice help me stand out. What month am I? (October)
  12. What’s really easy to get into, and hard to get out of? (Trouble)
  13. When is a door no longer a door? (When it’s ajar)
  14. Which letter of the alphabet contains the most water? (The C)
  15. How far can you walk into a forest? (Halfway, then you’re walking out)
  16. Before Mount Everest was discovered, what was the tallest mountain in the world? (It was still Mount Everest!)
  17. When I’m used I’m useless. Once offered, soon rejected. I’m often expressed? (An excuse)
  18. Different lights make me strange, thus into different sizes I will change. What am I? (The pupil of an eye)

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Funny Food Riddles

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  1. I am a fruit that is always sad. What am I? (A blueberry)
  2. I am a type of cheese that is made backward. What am I? (Edam)
  3. I’m a fruit whose name sounds as if there might be two of me. What am I? (A pear)
  4. What vegetable is the king of rock and roll? (Elvis Parsley)
  5. I look green, but what you eat is red and what you spit out is black. What am I? (A watermelon)
  6. I am a person, a bird, and a fruit. What am I? (A kiwi)
  7. I’m the vegetable that everyone likes to hang out with. What am I? (A funghi)
  8. I get chewed and chewed but never swallowed or eaten. What am I? (Gum)
  9. The rabbit became rich when he found twenty-four of what? (Carrots (karats))
  10. What do you call the father of all sodas? (Pop)
  11. What kind of rooms have no doors or windows? (Mushrooms)
  12. I’m red and small and have a heart of stone. What am I? (A cherry)
  13. What is the wealthiest nut? (A cashew)
  14. What do golfers drink? (Tea (tee))
  15. What type of food can you catch but not throw? (Fish)
  16. What has ears but can’t hear? (Corn)
  17. Give it a toss and it’s ready, but not until it’s dressed. What is it? (Salad)
  18. What kind of dog has no tail? (A hot dog)

Funny Number Riddles

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  1. What becomes smaller when you turn it upside down? (The number nine)
  2. If there are four sheep, two dogs, and one herdsman, how many feet are there? (Two — only the person has feet. The others have hooves and paws)
  3. What can you put between a seven and an eight to make a number greater than seven but less than eight? (A decimal point)
  4. If two’s company and three’s a crowd, what are four and five? (Nine!)
  5. If there are seven oranges and you take three away, how many oranges do you have? (Three)
  6. How many seconds are there in a year? (Twelve: January 2nd, February 2nd, March 2nd…)
  7. If you multiply this number by any other number, the answer will be the same. What is this number? (Zero)
  8. A horse was tied to a rope five meters long and the horse’s food was fifteen meters away from the horse. How did the horse reach the food? (The rope wasn’t tied to anything, so the horse could easily reach the food)
  9. I am an odd number. Take away a letter and I become even. What number am I? (Seven)
  10. A man and his horse went to town. The man went to town on Friday, stayed three days, and came back on Friday. How was this possible? (The horse’s name was Friday)
  11. When things go wrong, what can you always count on? (Your fingers)
  12. A word I know, six letters it contains, remove one letter and twelve remain. What is it? (Dozens)
  13. Mr. and Mrs. Mustard have six daughters and each daughter has one brother. How many people are in the Mustard family? (There are nine Mustards in the family: six girls, one boy, and two parents)
  14. When asked how old she was, Lucy replied “In two years I will be twice as old as I was five years ago.” How old is she? (Lucy is twelve)
  15. There are two in a corner, one in a room, zero in a house, but one in a shelter. What am I? (The letter R)
  16. Two fathers and two sons are in a car, yet there are only three people in the car. How? (They are a grandfather, father, and son)
  17. What is heavier, a ton of sand or a ton of feathers? (They are the same, as both weigh a ton)
  18. What city is 3/7 chicken, ⅔ cat, and 2/4 goat? (Chicago)

Funny Animal Riddles

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  1. What kind of jungle cat is no fun to play games with? (A cheetah)
  2. Why can’t a leopard hide? (Because he’s always spotted)
  3. Where do hippopotamuses keep their money? (In the river bank)
  4. What always sleeps with its shoes on? (A horse)
  5. What animal is the best at baseball? (A bat)
  6. Through a sea of green and islands of brown, leaving a crystal path behind, safe inside a spiral cave, preparing to come out again. What animal am I? (A snail)
  7. If a rooster laid a brown egg and a white egg, what kind of chicks would hatch? (None, roosters don’t lay eggs)
  8. All of Mrs. Smith’s pets are dogs except one, and all her pets are cats except one. How many cats and dogs does she have? (Mrs. Smith has one cat and one dog)
  9. A man builds a house with all four sides facing south. A bear walks past the house. What color is the bear? (White — the house is built directly on the North Pole)
  10. How can you tell the difference between dogs and trees? (By their bark)
  11. What kind of lion never roars? (A dandelion)
  12. I jump when I walk and sit when I stand. What am I? (A kangaroo)
  13. A dog crosses a river without getting wet, and without using a bridge or boat. How? (The river was frozen)
  14. I’m born pink in color, and then change to black and white. I’m easy to feed as my favorite food is bamboo. What am I? (A panda)
  15. I move without wings, between silken strings, I leave as you find my substance behind. What am I? (A spider)
  16. I’m one of the most beautiful birds you’ll find, with two eyes at the front and hundreds behind. What am I? (A peacock)
  17. While on my way to St Ives, I met a man with seven wives. Each wife had seven sacks, each sack had seven cats, and each cat had seven kittens. Kittens, cats, sacks, wives, how many were going to St Ives? (Just one — me. The man and his company were going the other way, coming back from St Ives)

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Tricky Riddles for Big Kids

funny kid riddles

  1. My name makes you think of Roman emperors. What month am I? (August)
  2. How can you make a line longer without even touching the line? (Draw a shorter one next to the original one, therefore making the first one longer)
  3. What begins with an “E” but can have just a single letter in it? (An envelope)
  4. What has thirteen hearts but no brain? (A deck of cards)
  5. My age is four times my daughter’s age. In twenty years, I will be twice as old as her. How old am I now? (I am forty and my daughter is ten)
  6. When you have me, you want to share me immediately. But when you share me, you will not have me anymore. What am I? (A secret)
  7. What can be broken without being touched, thrown, or dropped? (A promise)
  8. Can you write down eight eights so they all add up to one thousand? (888 + 88 + 8 + 8 + 8 = 1,000)
  9. I have many leaves but no branches. What am I? (A book)
  10. Can you name two things, one that can never break but never falls, and the other that falls but never breaks? (Day and night)
  11. This month brings leaves off the trees and elections to pass. Thanksgiving feasts take the spotlight at last? (November)
  12. You see a boat filled with people. It has not sunk, but you don’t see a single person on the boat when you look again. How is this possible? (They were all married)
  13. I weaken all people for hours each day. I show you strange visions while you are away. I take you by night, by day take you back, none suffer to have me but do from my lack. What am I? (Sleep)
  14. I dig out tiny caves and store gold and silver in them. I also build bridges of silver and make crowns of gold. Sooner or later everybody needs my help, but many are afraid to let me help them. What am I? (A dentist)
  15. I spin and turn, but am never dizzy, I’m home to all, both wild and busy. Not a wheel, but round and grand, on me you stand, on sea and land. (The Earth)
  16. What does man love more than life, fear more than death or mortal strife, it’s what the poor have, what the rich require, and what contented men desire. What the miser spends and the spendthrift saves, and all men carry to their graves? (Nothing)
  17. You have me today, but tomorrow you’ll have more, as your time passes, I’m not easy to store. I don’t take up space, but I’m only in one place, I am what you saw, but not what you see. What am I? (Memories)
  18. Six glasses are in a row. The first three are filled with milk and the last three are empty. By moving only one glass, can you arrange them so that the full and the empty glasses alternate? (Pour the contents of the second glass into the fifth glass, and then put it back in its original position)
  19. Two sisters we are, one is dark and one is fair, in twin towers dwelling we’re quite the pair. One from land and one from sea, tell us truly, who are we? (Salt and pepper)

Why Funny Riddles for Kids are a Great Activity

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Funny riddles combine jokes with a challenging puzzle, and kids are sure to love trying to figure them out. Start with an easy riddle, and you may be surprised at just how quickly your kid is ready to move onto a hard-brain buster!

Riddles are great for getting children problem-solving—both using logic and deploying out-of-the-box thinking. They can also be a great way to enjoy some quality family time together: try challenging each other with the trickiest, funniest riddles you know.

Is your favorite riddle included in the list above? If not, we’d love to hear it. Drop us a line in the comments box below!


Why are riddles good for kids?

Riddles can be an effective way to help develop kids’ problem-solving, logical, and critical thinking skills, while funny riddles can introduce children to intellectual humor. Plus, they’re fun!

At what age can children enjoy riddles?

Even very young children can enjoy riddles—simply choose ones that are the right difficulty level.

What is the most well-known riddle?

One of the most well-known riddles in the world is: Out of the eater, something to eat; out of the strong, something sweet. The answer is: bees making a honeycomb inside the carcass of a lion.

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