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Riddles for Children

Riddles for children often explore knowledge that is restricted to what they have learned up until that point in their life.


Sometimes these riddles can be categorized by grade level or age in order to seem relevant to what the children understand.

History of Riddles

Riddles are believed to have originated in Greek when mentors and those eminent high-ranking officials spread out questions that were meant to stimulate thought. Most of the riddles involved the Sun and Moon and the Rainbow and Wind. One piece of folklore exists about the Greek poet Homer. Someone asked him a riddle and because he couldn't solve it, he died of humiliation.

In the Middle Ages, riddles were used to pass along information deemed sensitive, like war plans between allies or assassination attempts on Kings or Princes.

Where to Find Riddles for Children

At the website, Brownie Locks, you can scroll through hundreds of classic riddles that you may have heard a long time ago. This site is a good place to start if you are gathering a core set of riddles for children. Some of the riddles included on this site:

  • What do you call a duck that gets straight A's in school? A wise quacker.
  • What was the worm doing in the cornfield? Going in one ear and out the other.
  • What goes up but never comes down? Your age.

Sporting a nice collection of animal riddles, AZ Kids Net is mainly a collection from users. Here are a few examples on this page:

  • What do you call a fish without an eye? A FSH.
  • What do lazy dogs do for fun? Chase parked cars.
  • How could a cowboy ride into town on Friday, stay two days, and ride out on Friday? His horse is named Friday.

At Just Riddles and More, you can build your collection even more. The answers to the riddles are hidden in a drop down menu that automatically opens when you click on the box. Below are three of the riddles you'll read:

  • What do you call a funny book about eggs? A yolk book.
  • Why was the belt arrested? For holding up the pants.
  • Where is the best place to see a man-eating fish? A seafood restaurant.

A nice selection of categorized riddles exists at Best Family Advice. They aren't easily searched, but as you scroll down, you see categories like Animals, Silly, and Food. Continue to scroll down the main section and you find user submitted jokes that you can rate.

At the website of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, you can view riddles and other brainteasers and puzzles. Some of the riddles you'll find here are:

  • What flies but has no wings? Time.
  • Where does a fish keep their money? In a riverbank.
  • What turns everything around but does not move? A mirror.

Can I Make My Own?

Anyone can make a riddle. All it takes is some brainstorming around a topic. First, what kind of riddle do you want to create? As you brainstorm, can you think of any puns you can associate with the topic? Riddles typically use puns or some kind of reverse thought. You might think the answer is one thing, but it turns out to be the total opposite.

Study riddles and maybe you can create an additional riddle out of an existing one by changing the topic of the riddle or determining if there is another answer. For example, with the last riddle of the final website mentioned above (What turns everything around but does not move), you can change it a little.

What runs but does not move? A refrigerator.

Riddles for children employ fun elements like animals or food in the questions or problem and have a double meaning in the answer—you just need to make sure that your audience is capable of understanding the riddles.