Kids love riddles. They love shouting out answers, giggling at wrong guesses and maybe even earning a sticker for getting one right. But you have to know them to tell them.
Here’s a list of 11 riddles that will get you and your kids thinking.
1. Dinner ideas?
I’m always on the dinner table, but you don’t get to eat me. What am I?
This riddle will get you all kinds of kid-perspective answers. Let their imaginations go wild along with the laughter.
Answer: Plates and silverware.
2. Another parrot?
What’s bright orange with green on top and sounds like a parrot?
“Sounds like a parrot” is the tricky part of this riddle.
3. Kids need their listening ears for this one.
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 color are the stairs?
The trick is in the details.
Answer: There aren’t any stairs because it’s a one-story house.
4. A sticky situation.
What’s really easy to get into, and hard to get out of?
This one involves a play on words that kids will really find funny and relatable.
5. Easy as soup.
What word contains 26 letters, but only has three syllables?
Give kids a minute or two for them to throw out every long word they know.
Answer: The alphabet.
6. Talk it through.
What can you hear, but not see or touch, even though you control it?
This one requires a different way of thinking about language.
Answer: Your voice.
7. No one gets hurt in the riddle game.
A girl fell of a 20-foot ladder. She wasn’t hurt. Why?
Nothing scary about this riddle, but talk your kid through solving it.
Answer: She fell off the bottom rung.
8. Can you dig for the answer?
What has lots of eyes, but can’t see?
This one will get your kids thinking about eyes and where they might find them.
9. A riddle for bright, sunny days.
I am often following you and copying your every move. Yet you can never touch me or catch me. What am I?
Take this one outside.
Answer: A shadow.
10. Details, details.
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?
Another story riddle that requires logical, but outside-of-the-box thinking.
Answer: Grandpa was bald.
11. Time for problem solving.
What has hands, but can’t clap?
Teach your kids about words having multiple meanings with this one.
Answer: A clock.
The great thing about these riddles is that they’re challenging enough to get kids thinking, but they’re also easy enough for them to understand. Plus, kids start to realize the nuances of language and the importance of listening to all the information provided.
Meaning they can have some fun while learning (gasp!) something.