Here are 75 Riddles and Brain Teasers for Kids!

These riddles and brain teasers for kids are perfect for an icebreaker at the beginning of a class, for keeping kids busy on a road trip, or trying to stump each other at a family game night! Plus, solving riddles is good for developing thinking skills, and the riddles will spark good discussion.

We love all kinds of funny jokes for kids! Since we posted 125+ Hilarious Jokes for Kids, we’ve been collecting and saving riddles for kids.

What are riddles and brain teasers? Riddles are a bit different from jokes in that they require the listener to try to figure out a clue that often involves a play or words. They are more clever than funny. Brain teasers involve using logic to solve a problem. Some of the brain teasers in this post involve math! But don’t be afraid – they are fun to figure out.

I decided to put these riddles in printable form also – maybe they’ll buy you a few minutes of peace on a road trip or while waiting at the doctor’s office. Either read them from this post, or scroll to the bottom of the post and print!

This post was originally published in May 2015 and updated March 2024.

  1. Q: What gets wetter the more it dries? A towel.
  2. Q: When you look for something, why is it always in the last place you look? Because when you find it, you stop looking!
  3. Q: A cowboy rode into town on Friday.  He stayed in town for three days and rode out on Friday.  How was that possible? Friday was the name of his horse.
  4. Q: One night, a king and a queen went into a castle.  There was nobody in the castle, and no one came out of the castle.  In the morning, three people came out of the castle.  Who were they? The knight (night), the king, and the queen!
  5. Q: Railroad crossing, watch out of cars.  Can you spell that without any “r’s”? T-H-A-T
  6. Q:  What has a face and two hands, but no arms or legs? A clock.
  7. Q:  What has to be broken before you can use it? An egg.
  8. Q:  Lives in winter, dies in summer, and grows with its roots upward.  What is it? An icicle.
  9. Q:  It starts out tall, but the longer it stands, the shorter it grows.  What is it? A candle.
  10. Q:  What belongs to you but is used more by others? Your name.
  11. Q:  What goes up and never comes down? Your age.
  12. Q:  How can a man go 8 days without sleep? He only sleeps at night.
  13. Q:  I’m full of keys but I can’t open any door.  What am I? A piano.
  14. Q:  What has a thumb and four fingers but is not alive? A glove.
  15. Q:  A man found an old coin and declared that the date on it was 150 B.C.  This could not be true.  Why? Because B.C. is counting backwards from the birth of Christ.  If Christ hadn’t been born yet, there were no dates in B.C. yet!
  16. Q:  Which is heavier, a pound of bricks or a pound of feathers? The same – a pound is a pound!
  17. Q:  I’m light as a feather, yet the strongest man can’t hold me for more than 5 minutes.  What am I? Breath.
  18. Q:  Can you name three consecutive days without using the words Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday? Yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
  19. Q:  Timmy’s mother had three children.  The first was named April, the next was named May.  What was the name of the third child? Timmy of course!
  20. Q:  What kind of coat can only be put on when wet? A coat of paint.
  21. Q:  What occurs once in a minute, twice in a moment, and never in one thousand years? The letter M.
  22. Q:  What has three feet but cannot walk? A yardstick.
  23. Q:  What runs, but never walks, often murmurs – never talks, has a bed but never sleeps, has a mouth but never eats? A river.
  24. Q:  If you are running in a race and you pass the person in second place, what place are you in? Second place.
  25. Q:  What gets sharper the more you use it? Your brain.
  26. Q:  If I have it, I don’t share it.  If I share it, I don’t have it.  What is it? A secret.
  27. Q:  What can you catch but not throw? A cold.
  28. Q:  How many months have 28 days? All 12 months!
  29. Q:  They come out at night without being called, and are lost in the day without being stolen.  What are they? Stars.
  30. Q:  What is full of holes but can still hold water? A sponge.
  31. Q:  Two in front, two in behind, and one in the middle.  How many are there? Three. ( 1 2 ) 3   1 (2 3)  1 (2) 3
  32. Q: What word is spelled wrong in every dictionary? The word “wrong!”
  33. Q: What is easy to get into, but hard to get out of? Trouble!
  34. Q: The more you take away, the bigger this becomes. What is it? A hole!
  35. Q: What word contains 26 letters, but only three syllables? Alphabet!
  36. Q: A girl fell off a long staircase. She wasn’t hurt. Why? She fell off the bottom step.
  37. Q: It follows you and copies your every move. But you can’t touch it or catch it.  What is it? Your shadow.
  38. Q: What building has thousands of stories? The library!
  39. Q: What has a neck but no head? A bottle!
  40. Q: A bat and a ball cost $1.10. The bat costs $1.00 more than the ball. How much does the ball cost? 5 cents.
  41. Q: What invention allows you to look right through a wall? A window!
  42. Q: What are two things you can NEVER eat for breakfast? Lunch and dinner!
  43. Q: What goes up and down but never moves? The temperature!(Alternative answer – a flight of stairs!)
  44. Q: The more you take, the more you leave behind? What are they? Footprints!
  45. Q: I have no eyes, no ears, and legs, and yet I help move the earth. What am I? An earthworm!
  46. Q: If there are three cookies and you take away two, how many do you have? If you take two, then of course you have two!
  47. Q: What do dogs have that no other animal has? Puppies!
  48. Q: A man was walking in the middle of nowhere and it started to rain. He had no umbrella and no hat, but not a single hair on his head got wet. How can this be? The man was bald!
  49. Q: Give me food, and I will live. Give me water, and I will die. What am I? Fire!
  50. Q: First, I threw away the outside and cooked the inside. Then I ate the outside and threw away the inside. What did I eat? Corn on the cob!
  51. Q: What is white when it’s dirty and black when it’s clean?  A chalkboard!
  52. Q: What do eggs, a safe, and a whip all have in common?  They all crack.
  53. Q: I go all around the world, but never leave the corner. What am I?  A postage stamp.
  54. Q: I have cities, but I don’t have houses. I have forests, but I don’t have trees. I have rivers, but I don’t have fish. What am I?  A map.
  55. Q: If someone asks you this question, you can never answer “yes.” What is the question?  “Are you asleep?”
  56. Q: What has a thousand needles but can’t sew?  A porcupine.
  57. Q:  I sometimes run but I cannot walk. What am I?  Your nose.
  58. Q: When I’m ripe, I’m green. When you eat me, I’m red. What am I?  Watermelon.
  59. Q: What can you break without touching it?  A promise.
  60. Q: Where does today come before yesterday?  In the dictionary.
  61. Q: What has many teeth but cannot bite?  A comb.
  62. Q: I am an odd number. Take away a letter and I become even. What number am I?  Seven.
  63. Q: What has a head and a tail but no body?  A coin.
  64. Q: What tastes better than it smells?  Your tongue.
  65. Q: Two fathers and two sons are sitting at the table, yet there are only three people. How is this possible?  One grandfather, one father, and one son.
  66. Q: What five-letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it?  Short.
  67. Q: The person who makes it has no need for it. The person who buys it has no use for it. The person who uses it cannot see it or feel it. What is it?  A coffin.
  68. Q: Before Mt. Everest was discovered, what was the tallest mountain in the world?  Mt. Everest!
  69. Q: What needs to be answered but never asks a question? The phone.
  70. Q: If I said tomorrow, “The day before yesterday was Saturday,” which day is it now?  Sunday.
  71. Q: Your friend says that she can throw a ball so that it flies away from her, changes direction suddenly, and then comes back to her. How is this possible? She throws the ball straight up in the air.
  72. Q: Billy’s pet rabbit eats 1 carrot on Sunday, 2 carrots on Monday, 4 carrots on Tuesday, and so on. How many carrots does he eat in a week? 127.
  73. Q: What kind of beans can you not grow on a farm? Jellybeans!
  74. Q: If your uncle’s sister is not your aunt, then what relation is she to you? Your mother.
  75. Q: What has the head of a cat and the tail of a cat, but is not a cat? A kitten!

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  1. Tove Maren Jun 2, 2015

    these are so much fun! Thanks for sharing our kids will have a blast.

    1. Mercy Sep 5, 2015

      1. Great fun!

      2. Even more fun when dad is out done by 5 yr olds!

      3. Thank you - now we have leverage *evil laugh*

      1. Raviprasad Nov 23, 2017

        these are so useful to ask my friends
        thank you.!!!!

    2. Olivia Feb 13, 2017

      Some of them I love to. It was fun

      1. Manahil Sheikh May 19, 2017

        Yeah there so cool

      2. Ashtyn May 30, 2017


        1. Sadie Jun 25, 2018

          Very good so fun

    3. Alexa Mar 31, 2017

      I'm a kid and I tested my grandma. She was laughing so hard

    4. Franchesca May 15, 2017

      I am a kid and me and my sister loved them please make more !!!!!! They were hilarious thank you so much


      1. Maddii May 31, 2017

        They were , Lol ! ?

      2. Ella Jun 8, 2017

        OK have fun!.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5. liza May 19, 2017

      yes i agrre

      1. Julianna Nov 3, 2017

        Not really they just make you think

    6. Summer Aug 23, 2017

      Same I am a kid and I found them rather interesting so did my little sister

    7. annesley Oct 2, 2017


    8. Aanya Oct 19, 2017

      thanks for your help I got lots of Riddles to ask my friends

    9. jake Jan 16, 2018

      Super fun ;I loved it too

    10. ??Ä?Ÿ_??Ï?Ë? May 18, 2018

      Yeah, were did u find this or did u make them up?

    11. ??Ä?Ÿ_??Ï?Ë? May 18, 2018

      I llooove THIS ??????????????❤️??!!
      I told my teacher and she LOL!

    12. Inspired May 19, 2018

      This is the first ever comment. Go to the bottom for recent comments

    13. cristiana Oct 4, 2018

      I love jokes

    14. Mrs.Rayne Dec 18, 2018


    15. Jévonne Mar 31, 2019

      Thank you. This really entertained my 5 year old daughter during her chemotherapy, it turned her worst last moments of her life into the best x ❤️ thank you

  2. Jeanine Mar 23, 2016

    LOLZ! Thank you for sharing these! Used them this morning w boys I babysit. Perfect Fun while waiting for School Bus!

    1. Viviana May 19, 2017

      This was so fun ??????????????????????????

  3. plopoe Jun 8, 2016

    this is awesome

    1. Franchesca May 15, 2017

      It is a pattern like when you count 123 123 123 that's the patern

  4. Adebosin olufunke Sep 22, 2016

    Wow this is wonderful

  5. Evgeny Jan 12, 2017

    Here is another puzzle: How does the cat read your mind?

  6. Chloe cuthbert Mar 25, 2017

    I loved the ridels because they are funny

  7. Danielle Hedley Apr 3, 2017

    What day of the week does not end in day?

  8. Faisal Apr 3, 2017

    Nice collection of riddles. Please add more. :)

  9. Gina ackerman Apr 11, 2017

    These are so fun to ask people

  10. Franchesca May 15, 2017

    That is so funny I loved it thank you ?

  11. Anonymous May 18, 2017

    This are amazing I had so much fun reading them❤️❤️❤️???

  12. Aislin May 26, 2017

    I love these so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!???????????????????????????????????????

  13. Maddii May 31, 2017

    I love these riddles so much and so does my baby cousin you did so good on these !!!??

  14. kuba Jun 8, 2017


    1. kuba Jun 8, 2017

      lo this ridles were amazing ;)

  15. Elise Dunick Jun 17, 2017

    The riddles are awesome but they are all really hard for my dad and easy for me

  16. makali Jul 14, 2017

    its so funny

  17. Sienna Aug 1, 2017

    I really liked the riddles, and this cite. I told my parents half of the jokes,
    And they loved them!


  18. Ariagna Palancar Sep 14, 2017

    I have a 6 year old daughter and she loves them all

  19. Breanna Oct 17, 2017

    Best riddles EVER!

  20. Riddlesly Oct 19, 2017

    Nice list of riddles here.

  21. Andrew Nov 23, 2017

    My family couldn't figure almost any one of these out

  22. Cole Dec 9, 2017


  23. Laura Jan 7, 2018

    What fun! Thank you ??

  24. Jeff Jan 8, 2018

    These are really good ones I enjoyed listening to them and played a game with myself

  25. Rylie Brooke Jan 9, 2018

    Love love love it ??? they were hilarious !!!

  26. Huma Tameem Khan Jan 11, 2018

    Good riddles!

  27. Huma Tameem Khan Jan 11, 2018

    Amazing riddles??!

  28. Vishu Feb 2, 2018

    Soooooooo funny

  29. Raski Feb 17, 2018

    They are so cool, were else do you find this riddles?

  30. icantsay Feb 20, 2018

    really good! i love it

    1. Jemila Abdulhameed Feb 21, 2018

      i love it, its really challenging

  31. Ndbd Mar 1, 2018


  32. Emily Mar 3, 2018

    In a room there is a king,a queen and a twin. There are no adults in that people in that room. How? Because they are beds, king, queen and twin xD

  33. Cheryl Mar 4, 2018

    Hahaha these where really funny we laughed so much make some more my kids love thes

  34. sharanya Mar 10, 2018

    what goes up but never comes down?

    your age

  35. Lucy Glez Apr 6, 2018

    These are great fun for the whole family, mom, husband and even co-workers have enjoyed them!

  36. Victoriamiera Apr 17, 2018

    I loved the riddles???? I told them to all of my sister's

  37. Inspired May 19, 2018

    Make more ones that no one has heard of. I loved them but make more of some people never heard

  38. RiddlesDB Jul 17, 2018

    Thanks man. There's a lot of riddles here.

  39. Kai Aug 2, 2018

    best riddles ever!!!!!!!!!

  40. K.R.Sureka Oct 2, 2018

    Wonderful riddles I loved it............................................................

  41. Lilac Oct 3, 2018

    Best game ever! At least I got all of them right.

    ?????????? ??? ? ? ? ? ???????????????

  42. Tony Gioia Dec 11, 2018

    i love riddles!

  43. Alice Jan 15, 2019


  44. Royce Schiavoni Jan 28, 2019

    I like your website, it has nice information, Thank you!

    1. Haley Jan 30, 2019

      One riddle could be one that is similar to one you already have.

      What runs, but never walks?
      What has a mouth, but never talks?
      What never sleeps, but has a bed?
      What wears no hat, but has a head?

      Answer: A river

      1. Alara Feb 5, 2021

        I’m going to add that to my list of favourite riddles. That ones really good and tricked my whole family

  45. Ayda Feb 22, 2019

    My Aunte work s at a prison and tell s them the riddles ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  46. Kylee Cheramie Nov 19, 2019

    I love tell these telling them to my friends and I have to tell them the answers because they don’t know the answers.

  47. Victoria Aug 23, 2020

    Really cool,can share this with my friends

  48. Harini Sep 2, 2020

    Wow! This is so good thank you giving this wonderful riddles . Thank you

  49. DanceMover40 Oct 18, 2020

    I love these riddles and brain teasers!

  50. Carter Jan 5, 2021

    What’s the point of the printable it has the answers on it lol

    1. Sarah Jan 9, 2021

      If it didn't have the answers on it, I'm sure I'd get complaints about that!

  51. Marwa Jaafar. Jan 18, 2021

    Whowsa! These are great riddles... perfect for the best evenings and events we have in our family! Thanks for sharing the fun with the world!!!

  52. purma Jan 19, 2021

    amazing riddles

  53. Rainbow girl Feb 5, 2021

    These riddles helped me make friends at my new school. I love them!

  54. Madeline Thomas Apr 1, 2021

    Me and my older sister wnd my parents loved these

  55. Mercy Obadan Aug 18, 2021

    I love all of them

  56. Beth Apr 11, 2022

    These jokes were so funny to test on my family . Keep up the jokes you are amazing 🥳😄

  57. Ruth Dec 5, 2022

    This was so helpful. Thanks for these riddles, my student's class party will be lit.💖


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