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Group Riddle Games for Kids

Updated on November 26, 2019
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While no kids of her own, Amy has had much experience with kids and has worked with children in retail, camps, and after school activities.

Keep a large group of kids occupied with no supplies!

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1. Camping Game

The camping game is the first of the riddle games. This is one of the easiest ones and can be played with younger kids that know how to spell their names.

How to play:

  1. Gather the kids in a circle or around a table.
  2. Start by saying "We're going camping, what is everyone going to bring?"
  3. Kids will then go around the circle asking if they can bring things to camping.

    The secret to this game is that you can only bring something that starts with the same letter of your first name. For example: "Amy" could bring "Apples" camping. Bobby can bring "Blankets," and Taylor can bring a "Tent."

Play until everyone has figured out the rule but don't spoil the secret for others!

Variations of this game could be that words can only start with the first letter of their last name or anything else you can think of!

2. Around the World

Around the World is a little trickier and is a good next level for your group. This requires a group of kids that can read and spell.

How to play:

  1. Gather the kids in a circle or around a table.
  2. Start by saying "We're going Around the World. Where are we going?"
  3. Kids will then go around the circle suggesting destinations.

    The secret to this game is that you are going "A-R-O-U-N-D-T-H-E-W-O-R-L-D"

    To go "Around the World" you would start with a destination that starts with "A" followed by "R" then "O" and so on. So an example round could be:

    You: "We're going to America."
    Kid 1: "Then we'll go to Russia!"
    Kid 2: "Afterwards we can go to Ontario!"
    Kid 3: "Then we can go to Paris!"
    You: "Nope! We can't go to Paris!

Play until everyone has figured out the rule but don't spoil the secret for others!

3. Green Glass Room

The Green Glass Room requires kids to be able to read. Similar to Around the World.

How to play:

  1. Gather the kids in a circle or around a table.
  2. Start by saying "Some things belong in the Green Glass Room and some things do not. What do you want to bring into the Green Glass Room?"
  3. Start by saying "I can bring X, but not Y."
  4. Kids will then go around the circle asking if they can bring things in the room in this format.

    The secret to this game is that you can only bring things that have double letters like Green Glass Room.

    An example could be: "I can bring food, but not shoes.
    "Food" has double letters "oo" but "shoes" does not.

Play until everyone has figured out the rule but don't spoil the secret for others!

You can make this trickier by using words that associate with each other.

  • "I can bring puppies, but not dogs."
  • "I can bring cheese, but not milk."
  • "I can bring coffee, but not tea."


4. The Umbrella Game

The Umbrella game is another easy game for younger kids that cannot read yet (but still fun for the older ones).

How to play:

  1. Gather the kids in a circle or around a table.
  2. Start by saying "I have a magic umbrella, certain things fit under it and some don't what do you want to bring under my umbrella?"
  3. Kids will then go around the circle asking if things fit under the umbrella.

    The secret to this game is in the name. The UM-brella game. You must say "um" before your answer for it to fit! So an example round:

    Kid 1: "A dog." Nope!
    Kid 2: "Um, a cat?" Yes!
    Kid 3: "A pancake?" Nope!
    Kid 4: "Um, a pancake?" Yes!

Play until everyone has figured out the rule but don't spoil the secret for others!

You can decide if other sounds like "uhh, ah, hmm" count as well.

5. Black Magic

Black Magic doesn't require reading but it does require another person that knows how the game works. The goal of the game is to have everyone figure out how you and another person have a "telepathic connection" by using "Black Magic."

How to play:

  1. Gather the kids in a room.
  2. Start by selecting the other person that knows the game. They are the guesser.
  3. The more of a show the better. Say "We're going to make a psychic connection!" Stare at each other and then send the guesser out of the room where they cannot see or hear everyone else.
  4. Have the kids help you select an item in the room for the person to guess.
  5. Now call the guesser back in.
  6. The giver will ask questions about the secret item and the guesser will answer with yes or no.

    The secret to this game is that after a few questions the giver will point to a black object. Then, the next object will be the selected clue. An example round would be:

    Giver (pointing): "Is it that lamp?" No.
    Giver: "Is it that shoe?" No.
    Giver: "Is it that dog?" No.
    Giver (pointing at a black object): "Is it that chair?" No.
    Giver: "Is it that mug?" Yes!

Play until everyone has figured out the rule but don't spoil the secret for others!

Once other people figure out the rule, they can take turns as the clue guesser and giver.

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