Most kids are quite inquisitive in their learning years. Trick questions for kids can help them develop a fun yet intellectual hobby. It also helps them think out of the box, improves their problem-solving abilities, and keeps them engaged for a long time. Additionally, you get to spend some quality time with them that can strengthen your bond with your little one.
Katey, a blogger and teacher, shares her experience as a middle school teacher when students eagerly looked forward to participating in intriguing riddles. She shares, “When I was a middle school teacher, I used to have a classroom rule that if there were thunderstorms during class on a Friday, we would scrap the lesson plan for that class and instead do riddles. Every Friday, my kids would scan the sky anxiously, looking for thunderclouds. On the Fridays that it actually stormed, they were so excited they could hardly sit still (i)!”
We’ve compiled a list of some fun trick questions for kids to help them enhance their creative and critical thinking skills. Do not reveal the answers immediately; instead, encourage them to think and guess.
200 Trick Questions For Kids
1. I am full of holes, but I can hold water. Who am I?
2. What has many keys but can’t open a door?
3. What is always coming but never arrives?
4. I love to dance and twist and prance, I shake my tail, as away I sail, wingless I fly into the sky. What am I?
5. Take away my first letter and I remain the same. Take away my last letter and I remain unchanged. Remove all my letters and I’m still me. What am I?
6. He has one and a person has two, a citizen has three and a human being has four, a personality has five, and an inhabitant of the earth has six. What am I?
7. When is 1500 plus 20 and 1600 minus 40 the same thing?
8. A man notices that his pant pockets are empty. But there is still something to it. What could it be?
9. What is it the more you take, the larger it becomes?
10. What cant be used until it is broken?
11. What is the end to which we all like to come?
12. A blue house has blue bricks; a yellow house has yellow bricks. What is a green house made of?
13. 5 5 5 5 5 – Add a symbol somewhere in this row of fives to make an equation equaling 500.
14. What type of dress can never be worn?
15. What has one eye but cannot see?
16. If I have it, I don’t share it. If I share it, I don’t have it. What is it?
17. There are five sisters in the room. Ann is reading a book, Margaret is cooking, Kate is playing chess, Marie is doing laundry. What is the 5th sister doing?
Playing chess with Kate.
18. I’m where yesterday follows today, and tomorrow is in the middle. What am I?
19. You will always find me in the past. I can be created in the present, But the future can never taint me. What am I?
20. What is a Tornado’s favorite game?
21. What gets wet while drying?
22. What is a seven letter word that contains thousands of letters?
23. What is so delicate that even mentioning it breaks it?
24. What are the two things that we can’t eat before breakfast?
Lunch and dinner
25. What can be broken but never held?
26. What is it that lives if it is fed and dies if you give it a drink?
27. What word is spelled incorrectly in every single dictionary?
28. What never asks a question but gets answered all the time?
29. What can one catch that is not thrown?
30. What goes up but never ever comes down?
31. What starts with “e” and ends with “e” but only has one letter in it?
32. If a plane crashes on the border between the United States and Canada, where do they bury the survivors?
Survivors are never buried
33. If it takes eight men ten hours to build a wall, how long would it take four men?
Nothing. The wall is already built
34. How can you go 25 days without sleep?
Sleep in the night.
35. If you have a bowl with six apples and you take away four, how many do you have?
The four you took
36. How do you make the number one disappear?
Add a ‘G,’ and it’s gone!
37. What’s greater than God and more evil than the devil? Rich people want it, and poor people have it. And if you eat it, you’ll die?
38. It can be cracked, it can be made, it can be told, it can be played. What is it?
39. A cowboy rode into town on Friday. He stayed in town for three days and rode out on Friday. How is that possible?
His horse is named Friday
40. If a green man lives in a greenhouse, a purple man lives in a purple house, a blue man lives in a blue house, a yellow man lives in a yellow house, a black man lives in a black house. Who lives in a White House?
41. I am an odd number. Take away one letter and I become even. What number am I?
42. If you sit a cup on the table facing south while you are on the north side of the table, on which side is the cup’s handle?
43. Why is the math book sad?
Because it has problems
44. I have a thousand wheels, but I do not move. Call me what I am, call me a lot.
45. Some are quick to take it. Others must be coaxed. Those who choose to take it gain and lose the most.
46. What belongs to you but gets used by everyone else more than you?
47. What English word retains the same pronunciation, even after you take away four of its five letters?
48. People buy me to eat, but never eat me. What am I?
49. What always goes to bed with its shoes on?
50. Lovely and round, I shine with pale light, Grown in the darkness, a lady’s delight.
51. I can be as thin as a picture frame, but my insides have many things you can see.
52. What occurs once in a minute, twice in a moment, and never in one thousand years?
The letter M
53. What two words, when combined, hold the most letters?
54. If a monkey, a squirrel, and a bird are racing to the top of a coconut tree, who will get the banana first?
Coconut trees don’t grow bananas.
55. I have teeth but can’t eat. What am I?
56. If ten birds are sitting in a tree and a hunter shoots one, how many birds are left in the tree?
None. All birds fly away
57. I have seven letters and am something you eat. My only anagram can help your pain. If you remove my first two letters, I wear things down. Removing my first three letters is an adjective and removing my first four letters leaves a measure of time. What am I?
58. What has four wheels and flies?
A garbage truck
59. What bird can lift the most weight?
60. What goes up as soon as the rain comes down?
61. The more you take, the more you leave behind. What am I?
62. If a rooster lays an egg on top of the barn roof, which way will it roll?
Roosters do not lay eggs
63. How can you lift an elephant with one hand?
You cannot because the elephant does not have hands.
64. What travels the world while stuck in one spot?
65. How can you drop a raw egg onto a concrete floor and not crack it?
Concrete floors are hard to crack
66. What’s as big as an elephant but weighs absolutely nothing?
67. What word starts with IS, ends with AND, and has LA in the middle?
68. What moves faster: heat or cold?
Heat because you can always catch a cold.
69. Forwards I’m heavy, but backward, I’m not. What am I?
70. Beth’s mother has three daughters. One is called Lara, and the other one is Sara. What is the name of the third daughter?
71. If you were running a race and passed the person in second place, what place would you be in now?
72. What kind of tree can you carry in your hand?
A palm tree
73. What jumps when it walks and sits when it stands?
74. A father’s child, a mother’s child, yet no one’s son?
75. What type of son does no parent want?
76. I am an insect, and the first half of my name reveals another insect. Some famous musicians had a name similar to mine. What am I?
77. The one who makes it sells it. The one who buys it doesn’t use it. The one who’s using it doesn’t know he’s using it. What is it?
78. What kind of umbrella do most people carry on a rainy day?
A wet one
79. You throw me out when you need me; you bring me back when you’re done. What am I?
80. What happens if you throw a white hat into the Black Sea?
The hat gets wet
81. To give me to someone I don’t belong to is cowardly, but to take me is noble. I can be a game, but nobody wins. What am I?
82. I have an end but no beginning, a home but no family, a space without a room. I never speak but there is no word I cannot make. What am I?
83. If I smile, it also smiles. If I cry, it also cries. If I shout, it does nothing. What is it?
84. He has married many women but has never been married. Who is he?
85. With pointed fangs, I sit and wait, with piercing force, I serve out fate. Grabbing bloodless victims, proclaiming my might; physically joining with a single bite. What am I?
86. What tastes better than it smells?
87. I am something many people don’t enjoy having as a friend, including you. But I am called upon anytime someone is injured. I have five letters, and when my last letter is put before my first letter, I become a country. What am I?
88. What is it that after you take away the whole, some still remains?
89. 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?
90. I’m in cooper but not in a dog. I’m in percent but not in money. What am I?
91. Shoot at me a thousand times, and I may still survive; one scratch from you and me will find your prospects take a dive. What am I?
An eight ball
92. The restraining hand. It keeps us from doing horrible things, and it is hard to live with. What is it?
93. First I am one, then I seem none, in death, I birth a new life. What’s raised exceeds me, for, on bent knees, I add to a world that’s rife. What am I?
94. Tires a horse, worries a man. Tell me this riddle if you can.
95. What runs around the yard without moving?
96. What happens when you throw a blue rock into the yellow sea?
97. Four feet, jagged teeth. Fleet of movement, water, and land. I have no mood; to me you’re food as I drag you under.
98. Where is 11+2=1?
99. I’m that which is seen only in darkness. Swiftest of all, and near as old as time; Day’s distant brother; fire and faintness, I light without shadow – can you solve this rhyme?
100. What can’t you see that is always before you?
101. What is gold when old and silver when new, hard to find but easy to lose, cost a lot, but it’s free?
102. In my life, I die twice, once wrapped in silk, once covered in dust.
103. Which popular cheese is made backward?
104. How can you physically stand behind your friend as he physically stands behind you?
Back to back
105. Poorly behaved children often find themselves sitting in these.
106. I cover what is real and hide what is true. But sometimes, I bring out the courage in you. What am I?
107. Which bow can’t be tied?
108. A house with two occupants, sometimes one, rarely three. Break the walls, eat the borders, then throw me away. What am I?
109. I have three hundred cattle, with a single nose cord.
110. I am the beginning of sorrow and the end of sickness. You can not express happiness without me, yet I am amid crosses. I am always in risk, yet never in danger. You may find me in the sun, but I am never out of the darkness.
The letter S
111. A natural state, I’m sought by all. Go with me, and you shall fall. You do me when you spend, and you use me when you eat to no end. What am I?
112. I am rather large and usually majestic. I am every hue of the rainbow. I can eat you, I may heat you. You only wish you could see me. What am I?
113. Slowly stretching my arms, I rise and move towards warmth. Bursting in colors, my sisters and I. What are we?
114. Although I’m far from the point, I’m not a mistake. I fix yours. What am I?
115. What ship has no captain but two mates?
116. Hands she has but does not hold, teeth she has but does not bite, feet she has but they are cold, eyes she has but without sight. Who is she?
117. We are emeralds and diamonds, lost by the moon, found by the sun, and picked up soon.
118. I cannot be felt, seen, or touched; tet I can be found in everybody. My existence is always in debate, yet there is a style of music named after me.
119. What is bought by the yard is worn by the foot?
120. He’s small, but he can climb a tower.
121. Ten men’s strength, ten men’s length, ten men can’t break it, yet a young boy walks off with it. What am I?
What jumps when it walks and sits when it stands?
123. I am nothing but holes tied to holes, yet I am strong as iron.
124. I work hard almost every day, not much time to dance and play. If I could reach what I desire, all like me would now retire. What am I?
125. Blow for blow, they matched each other. Neither would fall to the other. In the eyes of the crowd, they were this.
126. What kind of street does a ghost like?
127. A deep well full of knives.
128. You can have it, and be at it, nut it never lasts forever.
129. I have lasted many years and still feel young. I have endured depressions, recessions, and even millenniums. I’m richer than the richest of men. You can visit me, but not my owners. I’ve been shown on TV, and I can take and give you what is yours, but only if you ask me to. So tell me who or what I am?
130. Which word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it?
131. Mrs. Brown has five daughters. Each of these daughters has a brother. How many children does Mrs. Brown have?
132. You can only have it once you have given it.
133. Many have heard me, but nobody has seen me, and I will not speak back until spoken to. What am I?
134. Although my cow is dead, I still beat her. What a racket she makes!
135. I went to the woods and got it when I got it. I didn’t want it, looked for it, couldn’t find it, so I took it home.
136. What always ends everything?
137. What falls but never breaks and breaks but never falls?
Night and day
138. I’m so simple I only point, yet I guide people all over the world. What am I?
139. Armless, legless, I crawl around when I’m young. Then the time for changing sleep will come. I will awake like a newborn, flying beast,’ till then on the remains of the dead I feast.
140. I sit in parliament. You’ll only see me at night. What am I?
141. What word of five letters has one left when two are removed?
142. My step is slow, the snow’s my breath. I give the ground a grinding. My marching makes an end of me slain by the sun or drowned in the sea.
143. I am one of many, you forget I’m here, but I’m just below without me, you’d surely topple. Go ahead, what am I?
144. I go in dry and come out wet; the longer I’m in, the stronger I get. What am I?
145. What’s the difference between a well-dressed man on a bicycle and a poorly-dressed man on a tricycle?
146. I am born in fear, raised in the truth, and I come to my own in deed. When comes a time that I’m called forth, I come to serve the cause of need.
147. What is all over a house?
148. Which two numbers come out the same whether you multiply or add them together?
2 x 2 = 4, 2 + 2 = 4
149. I saw a man in white; he looked quite a sight. He was not old, but he stood in the cold. And when he felt the sun, he started to run. Who could he be? Please answer me.
150. My first is in the wield, sever bones and marrow. My second is in the blade, forged in cold steel. My third is in arbalest, and also in arrows. My fourth is in power, plunged through a shield. My fifth is in honor, and also in vows. My last will put an end to it all.
151. Not born, but from a Mother’s body drawn, I hang until half of me is gone. I sleep in a cave until I grow old, then valued for my hardened gold. What am I?
152. The captain took a bath without his belly getting wet.
153. What kind of room doesn’t have physical walls?
A chat room
154. I have no life, but I can die, what am I?
155. April showers bring May flowers. What do May flowers bring?
156. Break it and it is better, immediately set, and harder to break again.
157. If you have me, you want to tell me. If you tell me, you don’t have me.
158. Born of sorrow, grows with age, you need a lot to be a sage. What is it?
159. There are two meanings to me. With one, I may need to be broken. With the other, I hold on. My favorite characteristic is my charming dimple. What am I?
160. You can easily touch me but not see me. You can throw me out, but not away. What am I?
161. If you live in an 11-floor house and everything is green, the home, blender, toilet, elevator, ribbon, couch, computer, plates, food! You get to the 6th floor, and there are no more stairs. How did you get to the 11th floor?
The green elevator
162. To unravel me, you need a key. No key that was made by locksmith’s hand, but a key that only I will understand. What am I?
A cipher key
163. I have branches, but no fruit, trunk, or leaves. What am I?
164. Two in a corner, one in a room, zero in a house, but one in a shelter. What is it?
165. The more of this there is, the less you see. What is it?
166. What is black when it’s clean and white when it’s dirty?
167. I’m light as a feather, yet the strongest person can’t hold me for five minutes. What am I?
168. I’m found in socks, scarves, and mittens; and often in the paws of playful kittens. What am I?
169. What has lots of eyes but can’t see?
170. What has hands but can’t clap?
171. What has legs but doesn’t walk?
172. What kind of band never plays music?
A rubber band
173. What has words but never speaks?
174. What has a thumb and four fingers but is not a hand?
175. What has a head and a tail but no body?
176. What building has the most stories?
177. What has 13 hearts but no other organs?
Pack of cards
178. I am the beginning of everything, the end of everywhere. I’m the beginning of eternity, the end of time and space. What am I?
The letter “E”
179. It stalks the countryside with ears that can’t hear. What is it?
180. What kind of coat is best put on wet?
A coat of paint
181. If two’s company, and three’s a crowd, what are four and five?
182. What three numbers, none of which is zero, give the same result whether they’re added or multiplied?
One, two, and three
183. Three doctors said that Bill was their brother. Bill says he has no brothers. How many brothers does Bill actually have?
None. He has three sisters.
184. Two fathers and two sons are in a car, yet there are only three people in the car. How?
They are a grandfather, father, and son.
185. The day before yesterday, I was 21, and next year I will be 24. When is my birthday?
December 31; today is January 1.
186. A man describes his daughters, saying, “They are all blonde, but two; all brunette but two; and all redheaded but two.” How many daughters does he have?
Three: A blonde, a brunette, and a redhead
187. If there are three apples and you take away two, how many apples do you have?
You have two apples
188. A word I know, six letters it contains, remove one letter and 12 remains. What is it?
189. You see me once in June, twice in November, and not at all in May. What am I?
190. What four-letter word can be written forward, backward, or upside down and can still be read from left to right?
191. What is 3/7 chicken, 2/3 cat and 2/4 goat?
192. I am a three-letter word; add two and fewer there will be. What word am I?
193. I am a word that begins with the letter “I.” If you add the letter “a” to me, I become a new word with a different meaning, but that sounds exactly the same. What word am I?
194. What word in the English language does the following: The first two letters signify a male, the first three letters signify a female, the first four letters signify a great, while the entire world signifies a great woman. What is the word?
195. What can run but never walks, has a mouth but never talks, has a head but never weeps, has a bed but never sleeps?
196. What can fill a room but takes up no space?
197. People make me, save me, change me, raise me. What am I?
198. What goes through cities and fields but never moves?
199. I have lakes with no water, mountains with no stone, and cities with no buildings. What am I?
200. What does man love more than life, hate more than death or mortal strife that which contented men desire; the poor have, the rich require; the miser spends, the spendthrift saves, and all men carry to their graves?
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How can teachers use trick questions to challenge their students to think outside the box?
Teachers can use trick questions to initiate open ended discussions in the class and promote a positive learning environment. This method also aids in developing critical thinking skills in children. Riddles, rebus puzzles, and quizzes are effective mind games educators can use to introduce your child to trick questions.
2. What are the benefits of using trick questions to help children learn?
Trick questions are beneficial for students as they help them recall prior knowledge, explore the subject matter and initiate peer discussions.
3. What are some tips for creating effective trick questions for children?
While coming up with trick questions for children, it is important to keep their age group in mind, ensure the questions are not confusing and incorporate wordplay and puns into the questions.
4. What types of trick questions are effective for teaching kids?
Common types of trick questions for children include riddles, conundrums, word games, brain teasers, and visual and logic problems and puzzles.
5. Which age group is best suitable to learn trick questions?
The suitability of trick questions for learning depends on the individual learner and the specific educational goals. The suitable age group for learning trick questions may depend on the questions’ complexity and the learners’ abilities. Younger children, who are in early elementary school (ages 5-8), may enjoy simple trick questions that challenge their imagination and problem-solving skills, while older children (ages 9-12) may be ready for complex trick questions involving logic and reasoning skills.
Mind benders such as riddles and quiz games keep kids occupied for a long time while improving their brain functions by encouraging them to think, reason, question, and learn. These tricky questions for kids are also an excellent way to pass the time at birthday parties and family gatherings to make the event more exciting. You may also use these mental challenges to create fun quiz games that will help you spend fun and learning time with your kids. So get ready to ask these thought-provoking questions to your children and give their brains a good workout. Before you know it, they’ll start collecting their own riddles and quiz questions to share with the family.
Infographic: Trick Questions For Children
Long car rides or a dull winter afternoon, trick questions can make any moment exciting for children as they try to think of the answer to these unusual riddles. So if you want to make a fun learning experience for them, dive in for some of the most head-scratching questions.
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i. Having fun at home.