80 Riddles For Kids and Middle Schoolers

Did you know that riddles can actually improve a kid’s critical thinking and analytical skills? 

Well, if you don’t, you do now. 

But that’s not all. 

Riddles have also been shown to enhance creativity, boost problem-solving abilities, and even improve reading comprehension and vocabulary in children.

They offer a fun and engaging way for kids and middle schoolers to exercise their brains, encouraging them to think outside the box and explore different perspectives.

So, here are some amazing riddles out there for not just your kid but you as well, to sit back, think and analyze. 

Let’s begin. 

Easy Riddles for Kids

  1. I have a mane but am not a king, I can run fast but not sing.

  2. I’m small and fluffy, with a tail that’s bushy. I like to hop, in gardens I’m often spotted.

  3. I’m not a cat or a kitten, and I love to play with yarn. I can give you milk and say “moo.”

  4. I’m not alive, but I can grow. I don’t have lungs, but I need air.

  5. I have keys but open no locks, I have space but no room, you can enter but can’t go outside.

  6. I’m red but not a berry, round but not a cherry. I go on pizza and salads too.

  7. Round like an apple, deep like a cup, yet all the king’s horses can’t pull me up.

  8. I cover what’s real, hide what is true, but sometimes bring out the courage in you.

  9. I’m always running but never get tired or hot.

  10. I have hands but can’t clap.

  11. I’m full of keys but can’t open a door.

  12. I’m tall when I’m young, and I’m short when I’m old.

  13. I am not a snake, but I can hiss. I can be found in your garden.

  14. I have cities but no houses, forests but no trees, and rivers without water.

  15. I go all around the world but stay in a corner.

  16. I can fly without wings. I cry without eyes. Whenever I go, darkness flies.

  17. I’m light as a feather, but even the world’s strongest man couldn’t hold me for long.

  18. I’m taken from a mine and shut up in a wooden case, from which I am never released, and yet I am used by almost every person.

  19. What has a neck but no head, and two arms but no hands?

  20. I speak without a mouth and hear without ears. I have no body, but I come alive with wind.


  1. A horse.

  2. A rabbit.

  3. A cow.

  4. Fire.

  5. A keyboard.

  6. A tomato.

  7. A well.

  8. Makeup or a mask.

  9. A heart.

  10. A clock.

  11. A piano.

  12. A candle.

  13. A hose.

  14. A map.

  15. A stamp.

  16. Clouds or mist.

  17. Breath.

  18. Pencil lead.

  19. A bottle.

  20. An echo.

Hard Riddles For Kids

  1. The Lighthouse Keeper: A lighthouse keeper who lives on a small island is in charge of making sure the light is on every night. One evening, there were no ships or anything else around the lighthouse. He turned the light off, but why?

  2. The Mysterious Cabin: In the middle of the woods, there’s a cabin. Everyone inside is dead. There are no footprints leading to or from the cabin. How did they die?

  3. The Four Sisters: Four sisters—April, May, June, and July—were playing cards in a room. The lights went out, and a valuable necklace went missing. Each sister gives an alibi: April was reading a book, May was playing chess, June was doing a puzzle, and July was drawing. Who took the necklace?

  4. The Clock Puzzle: A clock chimes six times at 6:00, but takes 30 seconds to chime six times. At noon, how long will it take to chime twelve times?

  5. The Desert Journey: A man is found dead in the desert. He is wearing a backpack. What was in the backpack, and why did he die?

  6. The River Riddle: You are standing by a river with a wolf, a goat, and a cabbage. You must cross the river in a boat that can only carry you and one other. The wolf cannot be left alone with the goat, and the goat cannot be left alone with the cabbage. How do you get everything across?

  7. The Monty Hall Problem: There are three doors. Behind one is a car; behind the others, goats. You pick a door. The host, who knows what’s behind the doors, opens another door, revealing a goat. He offers to let you switch doors. Should you switch?

  8. The Emperor’s Orders: An emperor tells two of his advisors, who hate each other, to race their horses. The one whose horse arrives last will win. They race slowly for days, until one day they ask a wise man for advice and then race off as fast as they can. What did the wise man say?

  9. The Unusual Mountain: You come across a mountain that leads to two villages. In one village, people always tell lies. In the other, they always tell the truth. You meet a villager at the base of the mountain and can ask one question to find out which village they’re from. What question do you ask?

  10. The Infinite Hotel Paradox: A hotel with an infinite number of rooms and all of them are occupied. A new guest arrives. How does the hotel manager accommodate the new guest?

  11. The Forbidden Island: An island has blue people who always tell the truth and red people who always lie. You meet two inhabitants. The first one says, “We are both blue.” The second one says, “I am red.” What color are they?

  12. The Weighty Issue: You have twelve balls identical in size and appearance but one is an odd weight (could be heavier or lighter). You have a balance scale and can only use it three times. How do you determine which ball is odd?

  13. The Secret Society: In a secret society, members use a password to gain entry. An outsider overhears three exchanges. The guard says ‘Twelve,’ the member replies ‘Six.’ The guard says ‘Six,’ the member replies ‘Three.’ The guard says ‘Ten,’ the member replies ‘Five.’ What should the outsider say when the guard says ‘Four’?

  14. The Blind Man’s House: A blind man lives alone in a house. All his lamps are on. There’s a power outage, and all the lights in the neighborhood go out. Why is the blind man the only one who isn’t worried?

  15. The Vanishing Lighthouse: A ship is stranded at sea during a thunderstorm and is looking for a lighthouse. They see one, but suddenly it disappears. Why?

  16. The Echoing Valley: In a valley, there is a castle. Every time someone shouts, the echo returns the number of letters in the word they shouted. What word should you shout to get an echo of five?

  17. The Strange Coin: In a collection of 27 coins, all coins are gold except for one, which is silver. The gold coins weigh 1 gram each, and the silver coin weighs 1.1 grams. You have a balance scale and can only use it twice. How do you find the silver coin?

  18. The Magical Number: Think of a number. Double it. Add six. Half it. Subtract the number you started with. The answer is three. Why?

  19. The Watchtower: A man sits in his office in a 20-story building. Every day he takes the elevator from the 20th floor to the ground floor but only takes the elevator to the 15th floor when going up, then walks the rest of the way. Why?

  20. The Trapped Room: You are in a room with two doors. One leads to certain death and the other to freedom. You don’t know which is which. There are two individuals there. One always lies and the other always tells the truth. You can ask one question to determine which door to take. What do you ask?


  1. The Lighthouse Keeper: The lighthouse keeper turned off the light because it was morning.

  2. The Mysterious Cabin: They died because the cabin was a plane cabin, and the plane crashed.

  3. The Four Sisters: July took the necklace, as there was a power outage and she couldn’t have been drawing.

  4. The Clock Puzzle: It will take 66 seconds. It takes 30 seconds for 5 intervals, so 66 seconds for 11 intervals at noon.

  5. The Desert Journey: The backpack had a parachute. He died from a skydiving accident.

  6. The River Riddle: Take the goat over, return alone, take the wolf over, bring the goat back, take the cabbage over, and finally return to get the goat.

  7. The Monty Hall Problem: Yes, you should switch. There’s a 2/3 chance the car is behind one of the doors you didn’t choose initially.

  8. The Emperor’s Orders: The wise man told them to swap horses, as the one whose horse arrives last will win, making them race their opponent’s horse.

  9. The Unusual Mountain: Ask, “Which village would your neighbor say you’re from?” Then go to the opposite village.

  10. The Infinite Hotel Paradox: The manager moves each guest to the next room number, freeing up room 1.

  11. The Forbidden Island: The first is blue, the second is red. If the first were red, his statement would be a lie.

  12. The Weighty Issue: Divide the balls into three groups of four. Weigh two groups. If they balance, the odd ball is in the third group. If not, it’s in the heavier group. Repeat the process.

  13. The Secret Society: Say ‘Two.’ The guard says a number, and the response is half of that number.

  14. The Blind Man’s House: The blind man isn’t worried because he doesn’t need lights.

  15. The Vanishing Lighthouse: The lighthouse didn’t disappear; the ship was struck by a wave, momentarily obscuring its view.

  16. The Echoing Valley: Shout the word ‘three.’

  17. The Strange Coin: Divide into three groups of 9 coins. Weigh two groups; if they balance, the odd one is in the third group. Repeat with three coins from the odd group.

  18. The Magical Number: This is a math trick. Regardless of the starting number, the final result will always be three.

  19. The Watchtower: The man is too short to reach the button for the 20th floor.

  20. The Trapped Room: Ask either person, “Which door would the other person say leads to freedom?” and choose the opposite door.

“What Am I” Riddles For Kids

  1. I can be cracked, made, told, and played. What am I?

  2. I have cities, but no houses. I have mountains, but no trees. I have water, but no fish. What am I?

  3. I come down but never go up. What am I?

  4. I’m light as a feather, but you can’t hold me for long. What am I?

  5. I have a head and a tail but no body. What am I?

  6. I’m full of holes but I can hold water. What am I?

  7. I go up and down, but I never move. What am I?

  8. I’m white when I’m dirty, and black when I’m clean. What am I?

  9. You find me once in a minute, twice in a moment, but never in a thousand years. What am I?

  10. I have teeth but can’t eat. What am I?

  11. I start with ‘T’, end with ‘T’, and have ‘T’ in me. What am I?

  12. I get wet while drying. What am I?

  13. I have a ring but no finger. What am I?

  14. I have a spine, but I am not a man. I have leaves, but I am not a tree. What am I?

  15. I can fly without wings, I cry without eyes. Whenever I go, darkness flies. What am I?

  16. I’m orange, I wear a green hat, and I sound like a parrot. What am I?

  17. I’m tall when I’m young and short when I’m old. What am I?

  18. I start with an ‘E’, end with an ‘E’, and have a letter in me. What am I?

  19. I run around the yard without moving. What am I?

  20. I’m not a jeweler, but I can make a ring. What am I?


  1. A joke.

  2. A map.

  3. Rain.

  4. Your breath.

  5. A coin.

  6. A sponge.

  7. A staircase.

  8. A chalkboard.

  9. The letter ‘M’.

  10. A comb.

  11. A teapot.

  12. A towel.

  13. A telephone.

  14. A book.

  15. Cloud or smoke.

  16. A carrot.

  17. A candle.

  18. An envelope.

  19. A fence.

  20. A telephone.

Funny Riddles for Kids

  1. I am an artist who paints without a brush or paint. My canvas is everywhere, but my art vanishes in a blink. What am I?

  2. I sleep through the day and I’m loud at night, yet I never wake up. What am I?

  3. I have hands but I can’t clap. I eat time for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but I never get full. What am I?

  4. I follow the sun but never get close. I’m a plant but I don’t like to be planted on. What am I?

  5. I start the night, end the morning, and I’m in the middle of the day. What am I?

  6. I have lots of stories to tell, but I can’t talk. I open up, but I’m not a door. What am I?

  7. I can’t speak, but I always answer. I reflect, but I’m not a thought. What am I?

  8. I have a tail and four legs, but I never run or walk. What am I?

  9. I’m hard and cold, and I skip a beat. I jump in water, but I don’t get wet. What am I?

  10. I’m a cat who never meows. I have keys but no locks. What am I?

  11. I wear a yellow suit and I’m always undercover. When I leave, I split. What am I?

  12. I’m an animal you’ll never forget, but I can’t remember where I put my things. What am I?

  13. I have no feet, but I wear a belt. What am I?

  14. I cook without a kitchen, and my food is never eaten. What am I?

  15. I play tag with leaves and whisper secrets in your ear, but you can’t catch me. What am I?

  16. I make noise when you’re not around, but I never know who I’m talking to. What am I?

  17. I freeze moments, but I’m not cold. I shoot, but I don’t have a gun. What am I?

  18. I run all day but never walk. I have hands but no feet. What am I?

  19. I’m here today and gone tomorrow. I disappear without a magic word. What am I?

  20. I’m full of stories but I don’t make a sound. I open up, but I’m not a door. What am I?


  1. A shadow.

  2. A snoring person.

  3. A clock.

  4. A sunflower.

  5. The letter ‘N’.

  6. A book.

  7. A mirror.

  8. A hot dog.

  9. A skipping stone.

  10. A piano (keyboard).

  11. A banana.

  12. An elephant (with items on it).

  13. A belt.

  14. The sun.

  15. The wind.

  16. A doorbell.

  17. A camera.

  18. A wall clock.

  19. Today (the day itself).

  20. A library book.
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