10 Fun Mind-Bending Riddles for Kids
Riddles are a fun way to challenge your children and encourage them to think creatively. There are many that range from silly to mind-bending, but they are always fun to try to solve. Sharing riddles can also be an enjoyable part of April Fool’s Day—but because this year many families will be celebrating Easter or Passover on April 1, we’re celebrating April Fool’s Day early! We hope you’ll enjoy sharing this list of our favorite riddles with your family.
Mind-Bending Riddles for Kids
Q: A house has four walls. All of the walls are facing south, and a bear is circling the house. What color is the bear?
A: The house is on the North Pole, so the bear is white.
Q: You draw a line. Without touching it, how do you make the line longer?
A: You draw a shorter line next to it, and it becomes the longer line.
Q: What goes around and around the wood but never goes into the wood?
A: The bark of a tree.
Q: A cloud is my mother, the wind is my father, my son is the cool stream, and my daughter is the fruit of the land. A rainbow is my bed, the earth is my final resting place, and I am the torment of humankind. What am I?
Q: What starts with a p, ends with an e, and has thousands of letters?
A: The post office
Q: How many letters are there in the English alphabet?
A: There are 18: 3 in the, 7 in English, and 8 in alphabet.
Q: Three men were in a boat. It capsized, but only two of the men got their hair wet. Why?
A: One was bald!
Q: If you threw a white stone into the Red Sea, what would it become?
Q: How can you throw a ball as hard as you can only to have it come back to you, even if it doesn’t bounce off anything?
A: Throw the ball straight up in the air.
Q: They come out at night without being called, and they are lost in the day without being stolen. What are they?
Q: What has four legs but can’t walk?
A: A table
Funny Riddles for Kids
Q: Which word in the dictionary is spelled incorrectly?
Q: Why are teddy bears never hungry?
A: Because they are always stuffed.
Q: What do you call a man who does not have all his fingers on one hand?
A: Normal—a person has fingers on both hands!
Q: In which month do monkeys play baseball?
Q: Why didn’t the hot dog star in the movies?
A: The roll was not good enough.
Q: What can be as big as an elephant but weigh nothing?
A: An elephant’s shadow.
Q: Joe’s father had three sons, Snap, Crackle, and ____?
Riddles from Literature
Q: What has roots as nobody sees,
Is taller than trees,
Up, up it goes,
And yet never grows?
A: A mountain
Q: What is being spoken of in the following verse?
Thirty white horses on a red hill,
First they champ,
Then they stamp,
Then they stand still.
Q: What goes on four legs in the morning, on two legs at noon, and on three legs in the evening?
A: A human being, who crawls on four legs as an infant, walks on two legs as an adult, and walks with a cane as an elderly citizen.
Alice in Wonderland:
Q: Why is a raven like a writing desk?
A: Poe wrote on both.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire:
Q: First think of the person who lives in disguise,
Who deals in secrets and tells naught but lies.
Next tell me what’s always the last thing to mend,
The middle of middle and end of the end.
And finally give me the sound often heard
During the search for a hard-to-find word.
Now string them together, and answer me this,
Which creature would you be unwilling to kiss?
A: A spider
We hope you have a great day … but watch out for pranks!
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“Hard Riddles for Kids,” Icebreaker Ideas, https://icebreakerideas.com/riddles-for-kids/#Hard_Riddles_for_Kids.
“Easy Riddles for Kids with Answers,” LaffGaff http://laffgaff.com/easy-riddles-for-kids-with-answers/.