“What am I” riddles are perfect for kids of all ages. They think they’re just having fun, but we know these riddles are challenging their little brains to think differently. “What am I” riddles cause us to view objects in an entirely new light. And like all riddles, they help us find unique, creative solutions we might never have imagined before.
Try these out with your kids over dinner one evening or use them on your next game night. You could even write one down and put it in their lunch box with a note. If they can give you the answer at the end of the school day, they get a prize! What a fun tradition to start with your kids that has lasting benefits. You never know, they might get so good that they start writing their own “What am I” riddles!
Q: I am so delicate that just saying my name will cause me to break. What am I?
Q: Take one out and scratch my head, I am now black but once was red. What am I?
A: A match
Q: Until I am measured, I am not known. Yet you miss me when I have flown. What am I?
Q: I have a big mouth and I am also quite loud! I am NOT a gossip but I do get involved with everyone’s dirty business. What am I?
A: A vacuum cleaner
Q: No matter how little or how much you use me, you change me every month. What am I?
A: A calendar
Q: I am a box that holds keys without locks, yet they can unlock your soul. What am I?
A: A piano
Q: My voice is tender, my waist is slender, and I’m often invited to play. Yet wherever I go I must take my bow or else I have nothing to say. What am I?
A: A violin
Q: Lovely and round, I shine with pale light; grown in the darkness, I’m a lady’s delight. What am I?
A: A pearl
Q: First I am dried, then I am wet. The longer I swim, the more taste you get. What am I?
Q: They fill me up and you empty me, almost every day; if you raise my arm, I work the opposite way. What am I?
A: A mailbox
Q: I move up and down all day but I never actually move. What am I?
A: The temperature
Q: I am a ball that can be rolled but never bounced or thrown. What am I?
A: An eyeball
Q: I begin and end with E but I only contain one letter. What am I?
A: An envelope
Q: Turn me on my side and I am everything. Cut me in half and I am nothing. What am I?
A: The number 8
Q: I can be driven, but I don’t have wheels. I can be sliced, but I stay whole. What am I?
A: A golf ball
Q: I come in different shapes and sizes. Parts of me are curved, other parts are straight. You can put me anywhere you like, but there is only one right place for me. What am I?
A: A puzzle piece
Q: I taste better than I smell. What am I?
A: A tongue
Q: I have branches, but no fruit, trunk, or leaves. What am I?
A: A bank
Q: People make me, save me, change me, raise me. What am I?
Q: I’m always in front of you but can’t be seen. What am I?
A: The future
Q: Fill me up with hot or cold. Put anything in me and I will make sure I’ll hold. What am I?
A: A cup
Q: I come down, but I never go up. What am I?
Do you have some “What am I” riddles to share? Try to stump us in the comments!