Fun Riddles for Kids
“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” goes the proverbial phrase. It’s true, of course, that everyone needs to engage in hard, mentally stimulating bouts of concentration often found in schoolwork, as well as exercises in imagination in order to play and expand the creativity and appreciation for other things in their mind. Both practices are important for kids’ developing brains. That’s why riddles are such a fun, and worthwhile activity. By combining the need for concentration and critical thinking skills with an imaginative game-setting, riddles allow kids, and adults too, to see the world sharper, and in a variety of ways. Because of this, family jokes and riddles can go along way to avoid the “dull boy” alternative. Have fun with these family riddles with answers.
Here’s a set of easy and fun family riddles to start you off with:
The Tall Age Riddle
Q: I’m tall when I’m young and I’m short when I’m old. What am I?
A. I am a candle.
Name the Daughters
Q: Mary’s father has 5 daughters – Nana, Nene, Nini, Nono. What is the fifth daughters name?
A: If you answered Nunu, you are wrong. It’s Mary!
The Pink House
Q: In a one-story pink house, there was a pink person, a pink cat, a pink fish, a pink computer, a pink chair, a pink table, a pink telephone, a pink shower– everything was pink!
What color were the stairs?
A: There weren’t any stairs, it was a one story house!
The Truck and the Pedestrian
Q: A man was driving his truck. His lights were not on. The moon was not out. Up ahead, a woman was crossing the street. How did he see her?
A: It was a bright and sunny day!
These funny Riddles for Kids were of the tricky ‘gotcha’ variety. Now, let’s check out some riddles for family game night that take attention to detail and logic to solve.
The Wetter Riddle
Q. What gets wetter as it dries?
A. A towel.
The Strong Man Riddle
I’m light as a feather, yet the strongest man can’t hold me for more than 5 minutes. What am I?
The Cat Riddle
Little Johnny’s teacher asks him, “If I gave you two cat, then two more, and then another two more cats; how many cat would you have?
Little Johnny replies, “Seven cats!”
His teacher asks him again, this time slowly, “If I gave you two cats, then two more, and two more cats; how many would you have?”
But once again, Little Johnny replies, “Seven cats!”
She tries a new strategy. She asks Little Johnny, “If I get two cats. And then I get two more,” she mimed that she now held four cats in her hands, “and another two more; how many cats would I have?”
Little Johnny replies, “Six cats!”
“Good job Johnny!” she said. “Now if I give you two cats, then two more and two more cats; how many cats would you have?”
Little Johnny replies, “Seven cats.”
Little Johnny is not wrong. Why is he correct?
A. Little Johnny already has one cat. The six his teacher gives him, added the one he already has, is seven cats.
The Masked Men
A man leaves home on foot one evening, makes three left turns and arrives back home to find two masked men waiting there. Who are they?
A. They are the catcher and the umpire.
Here’s some more difficult ones. If your family can get these, you’re a true riddle family.
The Case of the Stolen $100 Dollar Bill
A man leaves a $100 dollar bill on his desk and leaves work. When he returns the money is gone. He has three suspects: the cook, the cleaning lady, and the mailman. The cook says he put the money under a book on his desk to keep it safe. They check and it is no longer there. The maid says she moved it when she was cleaning to the inside of the book between pages 1 and 2. They open the book and look between page number one and page number two, but again, it is not there. The mailman says he saw it sticking out of the book and in order to keep the money safe, he moved it to between page two and page 3. Once they are done questioning, the culprit is promptly arrested. Who stole the money and how did the man know?
A. The mailman was the culprit. If the man checked between pages number 1 and 2, then page 2 and page 3 are on opposite sides of one page, thus unable to hold the $100 dollar bill.
The Two Barbers Riddle
Riddle: There is a small town on the East Coast that has two barbershops each with a single barber situated on the opposite sides of town. The barbershop in the nice part of town is in great condition. The floors and windows are washed and the air is fresh. The barber is very friendly, always smiling, wears a pair of fancy shined shoes, has a nice head of hair, and always sports a clean dress shirt. The barbershop in the run down part of town is a mess. The entire barbershop is covered with a layer of dirt, and the air smells of trash. The barber is always frowning. The skin is oily, his hair is ragged and there are always visible stains on his shirt.
A very perceptive man comes into town and hears of both barbershops and the man decides to go to the dirty barbershop in the bad part of town. Why did he do this?
A. Since there are only two barbers in town, the clean-cut barber must have his hair cut by the dirty barber, and the dirty barber’s hair must be cut by the clean-cut barber. The clean-cut barber has a nice head of hair, and the dirty barber has a ragged hair cut. The dirty barber, despite his gross establishment, gives the better haircut.
The Three Sisters
Riddle: John has three daughter who are all unmarried. The youngest always lies, the oldest always tell the truth, and the one in the middle either tells the truth or lies. A very rich young man comes to John’s house and says he wishes to marry one of his daughters. Naturally, he wants to marry the oldest or the youngest so will always know if she is lying or telling the truth. John agrees but says he can only ask one of the girls a yes or no question to decide which one he marries. They all look the same age, and he has no way to determine their identities. What one question does he ask one of the daughter at random to figure out which daughter is the youngest or oldest?
A. He should ask, “Is she older than her?” He would ask one of the daughter if one of the other daughters is older than the last daughter.) He always should pick the younger daughter based on what he knows. If he asks the older daughter and she says yes, then the youngest daughter will be known. If he asks the older daughter and she says no, then the youngest daughter is the other one. If he asks the youngest daughter and she says yes, she is lying and he will still pick the oldest. If he asks the youngest and she says no, he will just pick the other like in the first case. If he asks the middle daughter it doesn’t matter because both will be acceptable choices, in that he will marrying a daughter where he can discern the truth.