We encourage our kids to go outside and stay physically active, but what about their brains?
Sure, our children read, study, and spend hours learning in the classroom, but brainteasers offer kids a new and exciting challenge, allowing them to expand their knowledge and solve complex problems for fun instead of a grade.
These fun and perplexing puzzles boost brain activity, improve memory and concentration, and provide a much-needed respite from difficult geometry problems and endless lists of spelling words.
Along with challenging the brain, brainteasers can also clue children in on how their minds work. They require our kids to hone their creativity by thinking outside the box to come up with solutions.
Now that you know the benefits of brainteasers, let’s have some fun! Encourage your kids to solve the following riddles.
Brainteasing Tip: These brainteasers are perfect for family dinners, games nights, road trips, or one-on-one time with your kiddo(s).
Brainteaser #1: Who is bigger: Dr. Bigger, his wife Mrs. Bigger, or their baby boy?
Answer: Their baby boy, because he’s a little bigger.
Brainteaser #2: What gets wetter as it dries?
Answer: A towel.
Brainteaser #3: There is one word in the dictionary that’s written incorrectly. What is it?
Answer: The word ‘incorrectly.’
Brainteaser #4: What is yours but is used more by others?
Answer: Your name.
Brainteaser #5: Name three consecutive days without naming Wednesday, Friday, or Sunday.
Answer: Yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
Brainteaser #6: How could you go 8 days with no sleep?
Answer: You only sleep at night.
Brainteaser #7: What has leaves as well as a heart?
Brainteaser #8: What do you have to break before you can use it?
Answer: An egg.
Brainteaser #9: What is easy to catch but impossible to throw?
Answer: A cold.
Brainteaser #10: I need light to exist, but direct light makes me disappear. What am I?
Answer: A shadow.
Brainteaser #11: Parker’s mom had four kids. She named the first kid Monday, the second kid Tuesday, and the third kid Wednesday. What did she name her fourth kid?
Answer: Parker, of course!
Brainteaser #12: The following numbers have a pattern: 8, 5, 4, 9, 1, 7, 6, 3, 2. What is the pattern?
Answer: The numbers are in alphabetical order.
Brainteaser #13: What always ends everything?
Answer: The letter ‘g.’
Brainteaser #14: A butcher’s height is six feet two inches and his shoe size is 9.5. What does he weigh?
Brainteaser #15: A farmhand places three haystacks in a field and two haystacks in another field. How many haystacks would she have if she combined them in one field?
Answer: The farmhand would have one big haystack if she combined them all.
Brainteaser #16: What is effortless to lift but incredibly difficult to throw?
Answer: A feather.
Brainteaser #17: A Frenchman despises the Eiffel Tower. Why does he eat his meals on the first floor of the Tower each day?
Answer: The Frenchman can’t see the Eiffel Tower while he’s inside the Tower.
Brainteaser #18: The mayor of a town has a brother named Clive, but Clive claims he doesn’t have any brothers. How is this possible?
Answer: The mayor of the town is a woman.
Brainteaser #19: What can’t fit into the largest pot on Earth?
Answer: Its lid.
Brainteaser #20: While Luke was walking home from work, it started to rain. The forecast hadn’t called for rain, so Luke didn’t take along a hat or umbrella for protection. When he arrived home, Luke’s clothes were drenched, but not a single hair on his head was wet. How?
Answer: Luke is bald.
Brainteaser #21: I have the ability to fill an entire room, but I don’t take up any space. What am I?
Brainteaser 22: What should you call a person who has no nose or body?
Answer: No body nose!
Brainteaser 23: A man robs a store and comes out completely changed, but he continues to rob other stores. What type of store was the first store he robbed?
Answer: A clothing store. The man changed his clothes.
Brainteaser 24: What lives only in the winter, dies in the spring, and grows with its roots facing up?
Answer: An icicle.
Brainteaser 25: A cowgirl rode into a town on Friday. She stayed in the town for three days, then rode out of the town on Friday. How?
Answer: Friday was the name of the cowgirl’s horse.
Brainteaser 26: What tree do you carry in your hand?
Answer: A palm.
Brainteaser 27: Ted has 16 cards. He gives all but six cards away. How many cards are left?
Answer: Six cards.
Brainteaser 28: What is harder to catch the faster you run?
Answer: Your breath.
Brainteaser 29: I have many keys, but I can’t open any doors. What am I?
Answer: A piano.
Brainteaser 30: What has a head and a tail but doesn’t have a body?
Answer: A coin.
Brainteaser 31: What has an eye but still cannot see?
Answer: A needle.
Brainteaser 32: What goes up and up, but never, ever comes down?
Answer: Your age.
Brainteaser 33: When you have me, you want to share me, but when you share me, you no longer have me. What am I?
Answer: A secret.
Brainteaser 34: Which months have 28 days?
Answer: All of them!
Brainteaser 35: Forward I’m heavy, but backwards I’m not. What am I?
Answer: A ton.
Brainteaser 36: If you remove my skin, I promise not to cry. Sadly, I will probably make you cry. What am I?
Answer: An onion.
Brainteaser 37: Imagine you are in a cold, dark room. How do you get out?
Answer: It’s simple… Stop imagining!
Brainteaser 38: What is at the end of every rainbow?
Answer: The letter ‘w.’
Brainteaser 39: Ben fell down a 3-story staircase, but he didn’t get hurt. How?
Answer: Ben fell off the bottom step.
Brainteaser 40: What is always on its way but never actually arrives.
Brainteasing Tip: Mix it up! Along with brainteasers, keep your mind sharp with other brain puzzles, including:
- Crossword puzzles
- Sudoku puzzles
- Rebus puzzles
We hope you and your kids enjoy these brainteasers!
Looking for more fun activities to do with your children? Check out these Cool Science Experiments You Can Do with Your Kids at Home [link].
We’ll leave you with one last riddle…
Brainteaser 41: Which two letters in the alphabet say goodbye?