With coronavirus and a nationwide quarantine still in effect, keeping your kids entertained day after day is growing to become quite the challenge.
But luckily, this big list of printable brain teasers for kids is here to help. These brain teasers for kids (with answers included—don’t worry!) will provide your child—and you!—with hours of educational entertainment. While you’re at it, be sure to check out the best riddles for kids.
From math brain teasers for kids that test their algebra skills to confusing questions that will engage their critical thinking skills, these brain teasers games for kids are guaranteed to give them a mental workout.
So the next time quarantine boredom threatens to strike, quiz your child’s knowledge and see how many of these 125 brain teasers for kids they can answer correctly!
125 Brain Teasers for Kids (with Answers!)
1. People make me, save me, change me, raise me. What am I?
2. What has a face and two hands but no arms or legs?
3. Why are ghosts bad at lying?
Because you can see right through them.
4. What five-letter word gets shorter when you add two letters to it?
5. With pointed fangs I sit and wait; with piercing force I crunch out fate; grabbing victims, proclaiming might; physically joining with a single bite. What am I?
6. A word I know, six letters it contains, remove one letter and 12 remains, what is it?
7. I am always hungry and will die if not fed, but if you water me, I’ll die. What am I?
8. How many letters are there in the English alphabet?
18. 3 in ‘the’, 7 in ‘English,’ and 8 in ‘alphabet.’
9. What breaks yet never falls, and what falls yet never breaks?
Morning and night
10. Turn us on our backs and open up our stomachs, and you will be the wisest but at the start a lummox. What are we?
11. What type of cheese is made backward?
12. What is always in front of you but can’t be seen?
13. The more you take, the more you leave behind. What are they?
14. What’s black, white, and blue?
A sad zebra
15. I turn once, what is out will not get in. I turn again, what is in will not get out. What am I?
16. What is the end of everything?
The letter “g”
17. I am a word of letters three; add two and fewer there will be. What word am I?
18. What has to be broken before you can use it?
19. Which jungle animal is hiding “inside” these letters – L P H N?
20. A mouse wants to get in better shape. She’s going to start by climbing the stairs. Starting on the fourth floor, she climbs up five stories, down seven stories, up six stories, down three stories, and up four stories again. What floor is she on?
The ninth floor
21. Can you add one mathematical symbol in between 55555 to equal 500?
22. What letters are easily found in every single day of the week?
23. What’s left when you take an ant out of a plantain?
24. Jason turned left, right, spun around 360°, stood on his head, and then walked backward before taking a picture of the sunset. What direction was he pointing?
25. Paul the Polar Bear had a birthday party, with each guest bringing five fish. A nasty little penguin stole two fish but there were still 198 fish left. How many people came to the party?
26. If tomorrow I said “the day before yesterday was Saturday”, which day is today?
27. Frankie the Frog had an accident and broke one of his legs. He went to the hospital on Monday, November 1 and left on November 30. What day of the week is it?
28. Rico the Rabbit eats 1 carrot on Sunday, 2 carrots on Monday, 4 carrots on Tuesday, and so on. How many carrots does he eat every week?
29. Fill me up with hot or cold. Put anything in me and I will make sure I’ll hold. What am I?
30. I come down, but I never go up. What am I?
31. I have hands, but I cannot clap. What am I?
32. I am full of holes, but I can still hold a lot of water. What am I?
33. Where are Chinese gooseberries from?
34. What came first, the chicken or the egg?
The egg. Dinosaurs laid eggs long before there were chickens!
35. Before Mount Everest was discovered, what was the highest mountain in the world?
36. What happened in 1961 and will not happen again until 6009?
The year will again be the same upside down
37. Can you make the letters in NEW DOOR one word?
38.If the red house is on the right side and if the blue house is on the left side where’s the white house?
In Washington DC
39. What has a head and a tail but no body?
40. There was a pink one-story house in a cozy neighborhood. Everything in it was pink – the walls, the carpets, the furniture, even the cat! What color were the stairs?
There were no stairs. It’s a one-story house!
41. What is Rupert the Bear’s middle name?
42. If there are three apples & you took away two, how many do you have?
43. What’s the longest word in the English language?
Smiles. Because there’s a mile between the beginning and the end
44. Ten copycats were sitting in a boat. One jumped out. How many were left?
None. They were copycats so they all jumped out!
45. In baseball, how many outs are there in an inning?
Six. Each team has 3
46. How far can a puppy run into the woods?
Halfway. When they get there, they’re on their way out!
47. What gets wetter & wetter the more it dries?
48. What the exact middle of America?
The letter “r”
49. What word when written in capital letters is the same backward, frontward and upside down?
50. What two words, when combined hold the most letters?
51. A cowboy rode to an inn on Wednesday. He stayed two nights and left on Wednesday. How could that be?
His horse was named Wednesday
52. What has a mouth but doesn’t eat? A bank with no money? A bed but doesn’t sleep and waves but no hands?
53. Jeff’s dad has three sons: Snap, Crackle, and ___?
54. A man went outside in the pouring rain with no protection, but not a single hair on his head got wet. How come?
The man was bald
55. What never gets any wetter, no matter how much it rains?
56. You’re a bus driver. At the first stop, 4 people get on. At the second stop, 8 people get on, at the third stop 2 people get off and, at the forth stop everyone got off. The question is what color are the bus driver’s eyes?
Whatever color eyes you have!
57. If there’s a frog, dead in the center of a lily pad which is right in the middle of the pond, which side would it jump to?
Neither, the frog is dead
58. Twelve pears hanging high, twelve men passing by, each took a pear and left eleven hanging there. How can eleven pears be left?
“Each” was a man’s name
59. If a plane crashed on the border of England and Scotland, where would they bury the survivors?
You don’t bury survivors
60. Agatha’s mother has five different daughters. One’s name is Danielle, one’s name is Brittany, one’s name is Samantha, another is named Rebecca. What’s the name of the fifth daughter?
61. Do you know the name of the invention that lets you look instantly right through any wall you want?
62. Can you think of something that’s as light as a feather but even the world’s strongest human couldn’t hold it for any longer than a minute?
63. I am filled with keys but have no locks. I have space but there are no extra rooms. Sure, you can enter but there is absolutely no exit. What am I?
64. If you see an electric train headed east at 70 an hour but there is a wind blowing in from the west at 80 miles an hour, which way is the smoke from the train going to blow?
An electric train doesn’t have smoke
65. Can you think of something that goes all around the woods but never actually goes into the wood at all?
66. Do you know what goes up and down every minute of every day but never actually moves?
67. What is something you can serve but shouldn’t ever eat?
68. What is something people bite to eat but then never actually eat in the first place?
Silverware and plates
69. Do you know where you can find cities and countries, towns and shops, roads and lakes, but absolutely no people whatsoever?
70. If everything goes wrong, completely sideways, what is something you can always count on?
Your fingers and toes
71. There’s a question that you can never answer yes to. Do you know what it is?
Are you asleep yet?
72. Can you think of something that travels all over the planet but always stays in the exact same spot?
73. Draw a line on a piece of paper. Without touching that line, how can you make it longer?
Draw a short line right next to it.
74. I am an odd number, but if you take away just a single letter I become even. Can you guess my number?
75. A city bus sets out for the morning with no passengers on board. At the first stop, two people get on, at the next stop five more. One after that, seven people get on and three people get off. At the following stop, five people get on and six people get off. The last stop has three people getting on and one people getting off. How many stops were made?
76. Put together Tom and his father and they weigh 280 pounds. Tom’s dad weighs three times as much as he does. How much does Tom weigh?
77. What two numbers make a one-digit number when you multiply them but a two-digit number when you add them together?
One and nine
78. How many double-digit numbers are there?
79. Billy tells his sister Sarah that he is twice as old and twice as smart as her right now. Sarah says that in five years should be twice as old as she is now and that Billy won’t be. How old will they be in five years?
Billy will be 15 and Sarah will be 10
80. If you were born in an odd-numbered year will you celebrate your 50th birthday in an odd or even year?
81. Mother’s Day is always the second Sunday in the month of May. When is the earliest day it could be?
82. Four friends are racing. Lisa finishes four hours ahead of Tony, with Pete finishing eight hours ahead of Max. Max needed six more hours to finish than Lisa. What order do they cross the finish line in?
Pete, Lisa, Tony, Max
83. If only these letters were written down – J FM AM J JAS OND – what would they mean?
The first letter of every month in a year
84. 16 players enter into a basketball shootout tournament. How many games have to happen before a winner is announced?
85. If you rolled a single die just once, would you be least likely to roll an odd number, number larger than three, or a number smaller than three?
A number smaller than three
86. What object doesn’t belong in this list – trumpet, flute, violin, harmonica, tuba?
87. Mrs. Adams tells her neighbor that her son turns 16 today and that next birthday he’ll be 20. How can that be?
He was born on February 29, a leap year
88. What does this secret message say? Tha twasn treall ys oh ardaf terall
That wasn’t really so hard after all
89. A baker carries a bag of flour that weighs 15 pounds. He takes half of the flour out, but finds the bag weighs 9 pounds. How heavy is the empty bag?
90. Amy is 14 and her mother is 38. How many years ago was her mother exactly 3 times as old as Amy?
2 years ago
91. If days on Mars are as long as two weeks on Earth, how long is an hour?
14 Earth hours
92. Cara leaves New York at eight in the morning, driving 35 mph. Nancy starts driving to New York at a speed of 50 mph. When they meet a which one will be furthest away from New York?
When they meet, they will be the same distance away from New York
93. A teacher says that there are fewer than 30 students but more than 20 in a classroom. The children can be divided into groups of two, three, four, six, and eight with no leftovers. How many students are there?
94. If you counted up all of the ears in the country and then divided that number by two, what would you know for sure?
How many living creatures lived in the country.
95. Max and Ross find of lettuce with 20 individual leaves. Because Max found the lettuce first he gets an extra leaf than his friend. How many leaves does Max get?
10 1/2 leaves
96. Which two numbers come out the same whether you multiply or add them together?
97. If every month had exactly 30 days instead of some with 29, some with 30, and some with 31 would each year be longer or shorter?
Shorter (360 days).
98. Mr. Walsh is exactly 5 times as old as his dog Patches. In five years, Mr. Walsh will only be three times as old as Patches. How old will he be in five years?
99. Seven brothers were born two years apart. The youngest brother is seven. How old is the oldest brother?
100. Every year on Mars is double the length of a year on earth, how old would you be if you lived on Mars?
Double your age
101. What’s the biggest number you can make with the numbers three, five, and seven?
102. What uneven numbers are between 10 and 16?
103. Which multiples of four are found between 10 and 19?
12 and 16
104. A new movie comes out with the first people showing up an hour before showtime. The audience doubles every 10 minutes, and after 60 minutes the theater is full. When was the theater half full?
10 minutes before show time
105. Maggie lives on a street with 10 houses. The houses are numbered 1 to 10. If Maggie adds up all the house numbers that are lower than hers, the total is three times her actual house number. What number is Maggie’s house?
House number 7
106. Was the smallest amount of coins you can use to get exactly $0.65
Two quarters, dime, and a nickel.
107. What are three things that are only sold in pairs?
Gloves, shoes, socks
108. Lisa is William’s niece, but she isn’t Emily’s niece – even though Emily is William’s sister and William isn’t married. How is that possible?
Lisa is Emily’s daughter
109. A cookie jar has 10 chocolate chip cookies and 10 peanut butter cookies. How many cookies would you have to take out to get two of each kind?
110. Laura says that she can throw a ball so that it flies away from her, will change direction suddenly, and then come right back to her all by itself. Is that even possible?
Yes, if she throws it straight in the air!
111. Liz orders six bowls of ice cream with three scoops in each. Ben wants as many scoops as her, but in just two dishes. How many scoops are in each of his dishes?
Nine in each
112. If five alligators can eat five fish in three minutes, how long will 18 alligators need to eat 18 fish?
113. How long did the Hundred Years War last?
114. Which country makes Panama hats?
115. What color is the black box on a commercial airplane?
116. In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution?
117. What is a camel’s hair brush made of?
118. The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal?
119. What was King George VI’s first name?
120. What color is a purple finch?
121. I am a ball that can be rolled but never bounced or thrown. What am I?
122. You can catch me, but you can’t throw me. What am I?
123. The more you take away from me, the larger I become. What am I?
124. The Jones family started driving south for their summer vacation, going through five different states along the way. The Bradfords are driving in the opposite direction and only went through three states. What direction are they driving in?
125. Mr. and Mrs. Fredrickson are eating ice cream. Mrs. Fredrickson says that if her husband gives her one scoop of his ice cream she’ll have twice as many scoops as him. Mr. Fredrickson says that if she gives him one of her scoops available have the same amount. How many scoops do they each have?
Mrs. Fredrickson has seven scoops and Mr. Fredrickson has five.