Riddles and brain teasers are not only fun but they have been known to improve cognitive skills. As your child grows, they acquire new skills that need practice. Brain teasers and riddles offer a bunch of advantages for your little one 

Interesting Riddles and Brain Teasers for Kids

Riddles and brain teasers are not only fun but they have been known to improve cognitive skills. As your child grows, they acquire new skills that need practice. Brain teasers and riddles offer a bunch of advantages for your little one to improve their new set of developing skills like

  • decision making
  • processing speed
  • brain-eye coordination
  • planning and action skills
  • interpreting
  • comprehension and reasoning
  • problem-solving
  • creativity
  • concentration
  • and so many more…

The good thing about riddles and brain teasers is that they give a feeling of achievement when accomplished. Even if you don’t complete it, you still gain some form of learning and brain training. Either way, it’s beneficial to engage your kids with riddles and brain teasers.

Here are some of the interesting riddles and brain teasers that your kids will enjoy:



By definition, a riddle is a phrase, question, or statement that is a little twisted and requires creativity to find out the exact meaning or answer.


Riddle no.1

Where can you find countries, cities, streets, and shops but no people?

Answer: A map

This riddle would encourage out of the box thinking and creative skill. Plus, the answer would provide a small piece of information to the kids to learn what they can find on the map.


Riddle no.2

How many months in a year have 28 days?

Answer: All 12 of them

It is a trick question with the clue right in the question. All months have a minimum of 28 days.


Riddle no.3

You can touch me but I can’t touch you back. I reflect on you when you look at me. What am I?

Answer: A mirror

Your kid will learn a new word “reflect” and will think about how the mirror reflects. This riddle will build curiosity and improve information processing speed.


Riddle no.4

I’m always running but still cold inside. What am I?

Answer: The refrigerator

This riddle provides an opportunity to learn how “running “can be used in other meaning. Like here, running is used in the sense that the refrigerator is working to keep the food cool inside.



Riddle no.5

What has lots of holes in it and still holds water?

Answer: A sponge

A sponge is every household’s common item. Through this riddle, you can also show your kid how the sponge holds the water. Your kid will be amazed and curious to learn something new.



Riddle no.6

Mike’s mother has 3 sons. The first two are names Nickel, dime and the third is ???

Answer: Mike

It’s a tricky riddle to test the concentration and processing speed. The answer is right in the question. You can also make your own small riddles like this one.


Riddle no.7

I run but can’t walk. You can catch me drip and drop. What am I?

Answer: Water

Another riddle where your kid will learn how “run” can be used in different sentences and meanings.



Riddle no. 8

What comes once in a second, twice in a decade but never in a month?

Answer: The letter E

It encourages out of the box thinking. This riddle will also help improve your kid’s vocabulary and spellings.



Riddle no.9

What is common in 11 and 88?

Answer: They both look the same backward and upside down

Your kids might not get the answer to this riddle. But they will be amazed to find out what this riddle means. Show it to them on a piece of paper and they will be using this riddle with other friends and family.



Riddle no.10

What’s orange with green on top and sounds like a parrot?

Answer: Carrot

It is an opportunity to learn what sounds like or rhymes with “parrot”. You can also use some other simpler words later on to explain further what rhyming means like a cat (hat, sat, mat) or night (fight, sight, light), etc.


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Riddle no.11

You can hear and control it but cannot touch it. What is it?

Answer: Your voice

Sound cannot be touched. Similarly, you can control your own pitch like sometimes you shout and sometimes you whisper. You can hear what you are saying but you cannot touch it. It’s a science mini learning riddle.


Riddle no. 12

What has hands but cannot clap?

Answer: A clock

A clock has two hands; one for the hour and the other one for the minutes. This is an easy one. Your kid will feel accomplished after answering this one.



Riddle no. 13

What has legs but can’t walk?

Answer: A table

Similar to the one above, this riddle will depict how you can use “legs” for non-living things like tables.



Riddle no. 14

Which is heavier: A ton of stones or a ton of feathers?

Answer: Neither, both weigh the same.

The unit of measure is the same for both which means no matter how many it takes to make a ton but both will weigh the same at the end.



Riddle no. 15

I have many teeth but I cannot bite. What am I?

Answer: A comb

The large bristles on a comb are also called teeth. It’s a chance to add a new meaning to the vocabulary.



Riddle no. 16

Imagine you are in a room with no doors and windows. The room is starting to fill with water, how will you get out??

Answer: Stop imagining

It’s a silly riddle which your kid might enjoy. It will however trigger the problem-solving skills as your kid will start to think about how to get out of the room.



Riddle no.17

How do oceans say hello to each other?

Answer: They wave

This riddle helps in improving the imaginative thinking process. Your kid will learn that oceans have wave and they will probably relate it to the beaches (where they might have seen waves).



Riddle no.18

During which month people sleep the least?

Answer: February

It the shortest month of all. Even in the leap year, it has 29 days. People have less time all together during this month, which means less time to sleep as well.



Riddle no. 19

What kind of tree you can carry in your hand?

Answer: Palm tree

Your kid will learn the name of a new kind of tree. You can also show a palm tree on your phone or if you have a palm tree in your near about.



Riddle no. 20

What did the wall say to the other wall?

Answer: I’ll meet you at the corner

A funny one. Your kid will probably laugh at this one. But it does provide a learning experience and your kid will also learn a new vocab “corner”.


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Riddle no.21

What goes up and down but cannot move?

Answer: A staircase

This riddle will encourage your kid to think in a creative manner rather than a traditional one. Most children will come up with the answer “escalator” but it does move up and down. So the staircase is the correct answer as it stays stationary.



Riddle no. 22

If there are 5 bananas and you take away 3. How many bananas do you have?

Answer: 3

The clue lies in the riddle. The question is how many do you have when you take 3 out of 5. So, you have 3 bananas.



Riddle no. 23

I am an odd number. But, if you take away one letter I become even. What am I?

Answer: Seven

A silly riddle that will give a good laugh as well as make your kid learn the spelling of seven and the fact that it is an odd number.



Riddle no. 24

If you multiply me with any number, it becomes me. What number am I?

Answer: Zero

Another interesting math fact for your kid to learn and understand. Any number when multiplied by zero becomes zero.



Riddle no.25

Why can’t you give Elsa a balloon?

Answer: Because she will let it go

This riddle is for the Frozen fans. A silly little riddle that is easy to remember and fun to repeat.



Riddle no. 26

If you have it, you can’t share it because if you share it you can’t have it. What is it?

Answer: A secret

Here in this riddle, there is a lesson for the kids to understand that they have to respect a secret when they have one and not to share it with everybody.



Riddle no. 27

Why do birds fly south when it’s winter?

Answer: Because it’s too far to walk

A fact that the birds fly to the south when it’s wintertime to stay warm. This riddle is a fun way to make your kid learn these small yet informative facts.



Riddle no. 28

What’s really easy to get into. But hard to get out of?

Answer: Trouble

A life lesson coated in a riddle. It’s easy to get into trouble, but it’s challenging to get out. So, it’s best to stay away from any kinds of situations which might end up in trouble.



Riddle no. 29

What has words but cannot speak?

Answer: A book

It is so important for children to read books. Whether on Kindle or paper form. Books are a great way to improve and build vocabulary and a deeper understanding of any language.



Riddle no. 30

Where do fishes keep their money?

Answer: In a riverbank

Your kid will learn a new noun “riverbank” in a fun way. This riddle is also a twist on the fact that humans keep their money in the bank. Your kid will learn two facts in one.


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Brain Teasers

Brain teasers are basically problems that are hard to find answers for. They can be puzzles, mazes, math questions, crosswords, brain games, or anything tricky to solve. Brain teasers improve brain functionality and several of the brain functions. 

Kids who practice brain teasers and riddles regularly grow out to be sharper and smarter than the rest of the children.

Here are some of the brain teasers perfect for kids to practice.

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