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20 Simple Riddles Your Kids Will Have a Blast Trying to Solve

One of the best things about being a parent is witnessing your kids’ brains grow — and it’s even better when they’re having fun with it. Give these simple riddles a whirl with your children and let us know how it goes. The answers are at the bottom!

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1. Is an older one-hundred-dollar bill worth more than a newer one?

2. Why are pirates, pirates?

3. I am a tale in children’s minds. I keep their secrets and share them inside. I blur their thoughts into fantasies kept like a canvas of art or a submarine depth. Though an illusion, it occurs every night; I give them a fantasy, I give them a fright. Not good or bad but always nigh, it’s interesting to tell. What am I?

4. What travels around the world but stays in one spot?

5. Mary’s father has four children. Three are named Nana, Nene and Nini. So what is the fourth child’s name?

6. A man was found dead one Sunday morning. His wife immediately called the police. The police questioned the wife and the staff, and received the following alibis. The wife said she was in bed reading a book. The cook claimed she was cooking breakfast. The gardener claimed he was planting seeds. The maid claimed she was getting the mail. The butler claimed he was polishing the silver. The police instantly arrested the killer. Who did it, and how did they know?

7. What gets wetter the more it dries?

8. What do you call a pony with a sore throat?

9. What would happen if pigs could fly?

10. A red house is made with red bricks. A blue house is made with blue bricks. An orange house is made with orange bricks, and a yellow house with yellow bricks. What is the greenhouse made with?

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11. Sally gets in the shower. Surprisingly, her hair isn’t wet when she gets out. How is this possible?

12. When is homework not homework?

13. What’s brown and sticky?

14. I am twice in a week, once in a year, at the beginning of eternity and at the end of time and space. What am I?

15. Why did the tomato turn so red?

16. What can you catch but not throw?

17. An empty bus pulls up to a stop and 10 people get on. At the next stop, five people get off, and twice as many people get on as at the first stop. At the third stop, 25 people get off the bus. How many people are on the bus at this point?

18. Where does a king keep his armies?

19. What grows in winter, dies in summer and grows roots upward?

20. Why do gorillas have big nostrils?

Were your kids able to solve the riddles? What about you?

Answers: 1) Of course it is — an older $100 bill is always worth more than a newer $1, 2) Because they Arrrrrrrr, 3) A dream 4) A stamp, 5) Mary, 6) The maid; there is no mail delivery on Sunday, 7) A towel, 8) A little horse, 9) The price of bacon would go up, 10) Glass, 11) She didn’t turn it on, 12) When it’s turned in to the teacher, 13) A stick, 14) The letter E, 15) Because she saw the salad dressing, 16) A cold, 17) Just one — the bus driver, 18) In his sleevies, 19) An icicle, 20) Because gorillas have big fingers.

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Originally published March 2015. Updated February 2017.

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