What starts with a Q, ends with an A, and has lots of “um’s” in the middle? A riddle! Moms know how much kids love good riddles and jokes. There’s something fun about stumping each other or being the one person to solve the puzzle. What moms also know is that while there’s lots of laughter and silliness on the surface, underneath, a good riddle requires kids to use logic and problem-solving. Very sneaky, Mom!
Here are 10 good riddles to keep your kids laughing and create tons of family fun. Do your kids think they’re junior versions of Sherlock Holmes? When they solve them all, they can move on to the bonus riddles! Print them for your next long car ride or family game night. Riddles are a great alternative to screen time and when the kids get to read the riddles, and stump mom or dad, they’ll feel extra smart. (And don’t miss our Knock Knock Jokes printable!)
Q: A doctor and a boy were fishing. The boy was the doctor’s son, but the doctor was not the boy’s father. Who was the doctor? A: His mother
Q: A man started to town with a fox, a goose, and a sack of corn. He came to a stream which he had to cross in a tiny boat. He could only take one across at a time. He could not leave the fox alone with the goose or the goose alone with the corn. How did he get them all safely over the stream? A: He took the goose over first and came back. Then, he took the fox across and brought the goose back. Next, he took the corn over. He came back alone and took the goose.
Q: Almost everyone needs it, asks for it, and gives it, but almost nobody takes it. What is it? A: Advice
Q: A man was driving a black truck. His lights were not on. The moon was not out. A lady was crossing the street. How did the man see her? A: It was a bright, sunny day.
Q: How many animals did Moses take on the ark? A: Moses didn’t take anything on the ark. Noah did!
Q: If six children and two dogs were under an umbrella, how come none of them got wet? A: Because it wasn’t raining.
Q: What always comes into a house through the keyhole? A: A key
Q: What belongs to you but is used more by others? A: Your name
Q: What gets wetter and wetter the more it dries? A: A towel
Q: What comes once in a minute, twice in a moment, but never in a thousand years? A: The letter M
Time for a bonus! Here are more good riddles!
Q: I travel all around the world but always stay in the corner. What am I? A: A stamp
Q: A man and a dog were going down the street. The man rode, yet walked. What was the dog’s name? A: Yet
Q: What kind of coat is always wet when you put it on? A: A coat of paint
Q: What has 13 hearts but no other organs? A: A deck of playing cards
Q: How many times can you subtract the number two from the number fifty? A: Once. After that you’re subtracting it from 48.
Q: How many bananas can you eat if your stomach is empty? A: Just one—after that, it’s not empty anymore.
Q: You can’t keep this until you have given it. A: Your promise
Q: Your mother’s brother’s only brother-in-law is asleep on your couch. Who is asleep on your couch? A: Your father
Q: What question can you never answer yes to? A: Are you asleep?
Q: How far can a fox run into a grove? A: Only halfway—then he’s running out of it!
Q: I have no doors but I have keys, I have no rooms but I have space, you can enter but you can’t leave! What am I? A: A keyboard
Have a good riddle to share? Leave it in the comments below!