Brett and Kate McKay •
January 9, 2020
Last updated: January 10, 2020
The Best Riddles for Kids
Looking for a way to while away the time with your kids while you’re waiting for your food at a restaurant or cruising on a road trip, but don’t want to resort to using a smartphone to entertain them?
Take part in a good old riddle showdown.
Riddles aren’t only fun, but they can help boost your children’s verbal fluency and creative thinking. Riddles typically rely on clever new angles to look at something common, or on words with veiled or multiple meanings. So to answer the riddle, your kid needs to know what the words in the riddle mean and their various applications. For example, when you ask, “What has a head, a foot, and four legs?” your kiddo needs to know that the concept of “legs” applies not only to animals but to beds. If they don’t know that, well, the riddle is a way for you to teach them and expand their perspective and vocab.
Below you’ll find 29 riddles for kids. Some of them are classics (“What’s black and white and read all over?”); some may be new to you. There’s also a nice mixture of easy, medium, and hard riddles, so you’ll find puzzles for all ages and abilities here.