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The 33 Best Riddles for Kids That Aren’t Too Confusing

Riddles aren't for Batman villains or weirdos — literally, all kids love riddles. Here are a bunch perfect for kids, but hard enough to still be fun.

Julia Barnes for Fatherly

Riddles aren’t just for cave-dwelling Gollums and Batman villains! Riddles are for anyone who wants to kick their brain out of routine thinking habits. And the best riddles are just fun word puzzles that challenge everyone to examine their assumptions while laughing at language itself. Naturally, not every riddle is an easy riddle, but most kids have a natural aptitude for divergent thinking and enthusiasm for play. Riddles are a fun brain exercise that doesn’t feel like homework. So, if you want to engage your kids’ natural problem-solving skills, but you don’t want to throw them into the riddle deep end, here are 33 of the best riddles — ranging from hard riddles to medium riddles, to easy riddles — that your kids can probably solve, along with a little laughter, too.

Fox in the Woods

Riddle: How far can a fox run into the woods?

Solution: Only halfway, otherwise it would be running out of the woods!

Odd Number

Riddle: I am an odd number. Take away a letter and I become even. What number am I?

Solution: Seven.

These Hands Can’t Clap

Riddle: What has hands but doesn’t clap?

Solution: A clock.

Houses Made of…

Riddle: If a red house is made of red bricks, and a yellow house is made of yellow bricks, what is a greenhouse made of?

Solution: Glass, all greenhouses are made of glass.

Break Before Using

Riddle: What has to be broken before you can use it?

Solution: An egg.


Riddle: If two’s company, and three’s a crowd, what are four and five?

Solution: Nine!

Only Going Up

Riddle: What goes up but never comes back down?

Solution: Your age!

The Shorter Word

Riddle: What five-letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it?

Solution: Shorter. (Short + ‘er’)

Begins and Ends With T

Riddle: What begins with T, finishes with T, and has T in it?

Solution: A teapot.

Not Benjamin Button

Riddle: I’m tall when I’m young, and I’m short when I’m old, what am I?

Solution: A candle.

Spelled Wrong

Riddle: What word is spelled wrong in every dictionary?

Solution: Wrong.

The Long Line

Riddle: You draw a line. Without touching it, how do you make it a longer line?

Solution: Draw a short line next to it and now it’s the longer line.

Easy to Break

Riddle: What is so fragile that saying its name breaks it?

Solution: Silence.

One Letter and Starts With ‘E’

Riddle: What begins with an E but only has one letter?

Solution: An envelope.

How the Leopard Changed Spots

Riddle: How can a leopard change its spots?

Solution: By moving from one spot to another.

Easy in, Hard Out

Riddle: What is easy to get into but hard to get out of?

Solution: Trouble.

Dry Without an Umbrella

Riddle: If a brother, his sister, and their dog weren’t under an umbrella, why didn’t they get wet?

Solution: It wasn’t raining.

Snap, Crackle…

Riddle: David’s parents have three sons: Snap, Crackle and…?

Solution: David!

Brother of Daughters

Riddle: Mary has four daughters, and each of her daughters has a brother — how many children does Mary have?

Solution: Five, each daughter has the same brother.


Riddle: You bought me for dinner but never eat me. What am I?

Solution: Cutlery.

Train Fatalities

Riddle: After a train crashed, every single person died. Who survived?

Solution: All of the couples.

Blind With Four Eyes

Riddle: What has four eyes but can’t see?

Solution: Mississippi.

Success Before Work

Riddle: Where does success come before work?

Solution: The dictionary.

Always on the Move in One Spot

Riddle: What travels around the world but stays in one spot?

Solution: A stamp.

The English Alphabet

Riddle: How many letters are there in the English alphabet?

Solution: 18: 3 in ‘the’, 7 in ‘English,’ and 8 in ‘alphabet.’

Twelve in Six Letters

Riddle: A word I know, six letters it contains, remove one letter and 12 remains, what is it?

Solution: Dozens.

Full of Holes, But Still Holds Water

Riddle: What is full of holes but still holds water?

Solution: A sponge.

Impossible to Say ‘Yes’ To

Riddle: What answer can you never answer yes to?

Solution: Are you asleep yet?

You Can Count on Us

Riddle: When things go wrong, what can you always count on?

Solution: Your fingers.

At the Start a Lummox

Riddle: Turn us on our backs and open up our stomachs, and you will be the wisest but at the start a lummox. What are we?

Solution: Books.

Looking Ahead

Riddle: What is always in front of you but can’t be seen?

solution: The future.

All Streets, No People

Riddle: Where can you find cities, towns, shops, and streets but no people?

Solution: A map.

A Zebra By Any Another Name

Riddle: What’s black and white and blue?

Solution: A sad zebra.