Heaps of Riddles for Brisbane Kids to use in their School Talks


A Riddle is a posed question requiring the listener to use their ingenuity to figure out what the answer may be. It can often be so obvious that it becomes difficult. Riddles are often discussed as part of the English Curriculum helping to create “confident communicators, imaginative thinkers and informed citizens” (ref. http://www.qsa.qld.edu.au/)

What makes a good riddle for kids?

The key to a good riddle is for the riddle to roll of the tongue and to be enjoyable for the riddler. Often the funnier the riddler finds the riddle, the better the riddle is retold! Some of the riddles below are true riddles and some are more like jokes!

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  1. You answer me, although I never ask you questions. What am I? A telephone
  2. What is black and white and read all over? A Newspaper
  3. What if you take more away from it gets biggers? A Hole
  4. What can you catch but not throw? A cold
  5. I run, yet I have no legs. What am I? A nose
  6. Why do elephants wear pink tennis shoes? Because white ones gets dirty too fast.
  7. How can you tell a happy motorcyclist? By the number of bugs in his teeth
  8. Now what do you do when you see a green light? I go.
  9. Why did the teacher wear sunglasses? Because her students were bright!
  10. Where did the music teacher leave her keys? In the piano!
  11. Why didn’t the sun go to college? Because it already had a million degrees!
  12. What did you learn in school today? Not enough, I have to go back tomorrow!
  13. Why did the kid study in the airplane? He wanted a higher education!
  14. What animal cheats at exams? The cheetah!
  15. What building has the most stories? The library!
  16. What is a pirate’s favourite subject? Arrrrrrt!
  17. What is snake’s favourite subject? Hiss-tory!
  18. 40.  Why does it take pirates so long to learn the alphabet? Because they spend years at C!
  19. What is a math teacher’s favourite dessert? Pi!
  20. What has a bark but no bite? A Tree
  21. 42.  What is an owl’s favourite subject? Owl-gebra!
  22. Why is 2+2=5 like your left foot? It’s not right.
  23. What did the student say after the teacher said, “Order students, order?” “Can I have fries and a burger?”
  24. What did the calculator say to the other calculator? “You can count on me!”
  25. Why was the broom late for school? He over swept.
  26. Why was the math book unhappy? Because he had too many problems!
  27. What object is king of the classroom? The ruler! ‘
  28. What’s the difference between a teacher and a train? The teacher says throw out that gum and a train says chew, chew!
  29. What’s the worst thing that can happen to a geography teacher? Getting lost.
  30. Remove the outside, cook the inside, eat the outside, and throw away the inside. Corn
  31. What goes around the world and stays in a corner? A stamp
  32. What gets wetter the more it dries? Towel
  33. I have holes on the top and bottom. I have holes on my left and on my right. And I have holes in the middle, yet I still hold water. What am I? A sponge
  34. I look at you, you look at me, I raise my right, you raise your left. What is this object? A mirror
  35. I went into the woods and got it, I sat down to seek it, and I brought it home with me because I couldn’t find it. Splinter
  36. What can fill a room but takes up no space? Light
  37. No sooner spoken than broken. What is it? Silence
  38. Why don’t lobsters share? They’re shellfish.
  39. A barrel of water weighs 20 pounds. What must you add to it to make it weigh 12 pounds? Holes
  40. He has married many women but has never married. Who is he? A priest
  41. If a rooster laid a brown egg and a white egg, what kind of chicks would hatch? None. Roosters don’t lay eggs.
  42. If you have it, you want to share it. If you share it, you don’t have it. What is it? A secret
  43. You can’t keep this until you have given it. A promise
  44. Take off my skin, I won’t cry, but you will. What am I? An onion
  45. What do you fill with empty hands? Gloves
  46. What do you serve that you can’t eat? A tennis ball
  47. What do you throw out when you want to use it but take in when you don’t want to use it? An anchor
  48. What goes up and never comes down? Your age
  49. What has to be broken before it can be used? An egg
  50. What kind of coat can be put on only when wet? A coat of paint
  51. What question can you never answer “yes” to? “Are you asleep?”
  52. Which is correct to say, “The yolk of the egg are white?” or “The yolk of the egg is white?” Neither, the yolks are yellow.
  53. What starts with the letter “t”, is filled with “t” and ends in “t”? A teapot!


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