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Brain Teasers for Kids

Updated on October 8, 2014

Use Brain Teasers to Teach While Kids Have Fun

Brain teasers for kids offer hours of fun, whether you're a kid or not. While kids work on brain teasers they are also learning things like logic, rational thinking, and reasoning. But you don't have to tell them that.

Brain teasers can be used in classrooms, at home for those "I'm bored" days, or at parties as a competition to see which person or team can solve the puzzle first.

The following types of brain teasers are included in this article:

- Mazes

- Riddles

- Word brain teasers

- Pattern puzzles

- Word puzzles like crossword puzzles, word search, and logic puzzles

Do you like solving brain teasers? Image Credit: kudo-kun

Riddles Teach Kid to Use Their Heads While Having Fun!

Sometimes riddles are very tricky, but oftentimes when we listen carefully to the wording of the riddle, the answer can be easy. The answers to these riddles are provided below. No peeking!

Source: The Teachers Corner.

  1. In a year there are 12 months. Seven months have 31 days. How many months have 28 days?
  2. You're a cyclist in a cross-country race. Just before the crossing finish line you overtake the person in second place! What place did you finish in?
  3. In baseball, how many outs are there in one inning?
  4. I have two U.S. coins that total 55 cents. One of them is not a nickel. What are the two coins?
  5. Your sock drawer contains 24 white socks and 30 black socks. The lights in your room are off, so you cannot see the color of the socks. How many socks must you grab to ensure to have at least one matching pair?
  6. What words are pronounced differently by merely capitalizing the first letter?
  7. What can run but never walks, has a mouth but never speaks, has a head but never weeps, and has a bed but never sleeps?
  8. Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

An 1883 phrenology chart. Phrenology diagram. From People's Cyclopedia of Universal Knowledge (1883).
An 1883 phrenology chart. Phrenology diagram. From People's Cyclopedia of Universal Knowledge (1883). | Source

Answers to Riddles

Here are the answers to the riddles show above, just in case your thinking cap is missing.

  1. They all do.
  2. Second Place. If you pass the person in second, you take second place, and they become third.
  3. Six. Three outs for each team.
  4. A fifty-cent piece, and a nickel. I said 'one is not a nickel', but the other one is!
  5. Three. In the worst case, the first two socks you take out will consist of one black sock and one white sock. The next sock you take out is guaranteed to match one or the other.
  6. There are several, and there could be more: 1. job, Job 2. herb, Herb 3. polish, Polish
  7. A river!
  8. The egg. Dinosaurs laid eggs far before there were chickens!

Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective - These Books Get Kids Thinking Logically and to Pay Attention

Help the older children and tweens in your life develop their brains. One way is through reading good, age-appropriate books. Encyclopedia Brown makes problem solving fun! I loved reading these books and now my grandchildren do, too!

Riddle No. 1

What is so fragile

that when you say its name

you break it?

(See answer at the end of this article.)

Brain Teaser Books - Encourage children to think with these fun, entertaining books.

Reading about different scenarios can help kids learn about new things while solving riddles and puzzles. The clues are often hidden carefully in the story and make it all entertaining, not boring or too hard.

Visit the links to print the brain teasers

and puzzles provided here.

Links for Lots More Brain Teasers and Riddles - Check these Web Sites for even more puzzles and riddles

These Web sites offer hundreds of brain teasers that will keep kids entertained (and learning) for days, maybe weeks or months!

Short Brain Teasers - Pull Up a Kid and Ask Away!

Gather the family around and ask these brain teasers. See who can answer them first.

Source: The Teachers Corner

  1. How can you make seven even?
  2. A clerk in the butcher shop is 5'10" tall. What does he weigh?
  3. What has an eye but cannot see?
  4. What has hands but cannot wave?
  5. Tear my skin, I won't cry but you will. What am I?

    (Don't peek! The answers are immediately below.)

Short Brain Teasers Answers

Here are the answers to the five brain teasers shown above.

  1. Take away the "s."
  2. Meat.
  3. A needle.
  4. A clock.
  5. An onion.

Riddle No. 2

The man who made it, sold it.

The man who bought it, never used it.

The man who used it, never knew it.

What is it?

(See answer at the end of this article.)

BLOKUS -- Exercise Your Brain - Learn Spatial Relationships

My grandkids introduced me to Blokus. They are so much better at this game than me, which of course means I need to play it more! But it's really fun (and hard).

Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys - No Juvenile Delinquents Here, Just Juvenile Detectives

I loved reading the Nancy Drew book series as a kid. They are still as popular today. And for boys, there's The Hardy Boys.

Do you have a favorite kind of brain teaser?

Oh my brain!
Oh my brain! | Source

What's your favorite type of brain teaser?

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Answers to Riddles from Above in This Article

How many did you get right? Some of these are harder than you'd think!

  1. What is so fragile that when you say it's name you break it?

    ANSWER: Silence

  2. The man who made it, sold it.

    The man who bought it, never used it.

    The man who used it, never knew it.

    What is it?

    ANSWER: A coffin.

  3. Question

    Heart of Darkness,

    Coat of Grain,

    Was once alive,

    Now feels no pain,

    Never walks, but

    Leaves a Trail.

    Circle head and pointed tail.

    Grows shorter as the day goes on-

    Its waistline is a hexagon.

    What am I?

    ANSWER: A pencil

Learn While Having Fun

Five Senses Worksheets
Our five senses are vital to living and enjoying ourselves. Use these five senses worksheets to teach children about sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch.

Flag Worksheets
Each country in the world and each state in the United States has its own flag, so use flag worksheets to introduce students to... .

Printable Maps for Kids
Bring the world to your child with printable maps for kids. Maps can be found in many forms: wall maps, maps in an atlas, globes, road maps or street maps

Animal Worksheets
Since most kids love animals, use these fun critters to your advantage. Animal worksheets with images of animals and names of animals make learning fun.

Dot to Dot Worksheets
Dot to dot worksheets are fun for kids of all ages. Using easy dot to dot sheets is a great way to reinforce numbers and counting for young children.

Printable Sewing Cards
With these printable sewing cards, also called lacing cards or lace-up cards, your little ones can sew too. You know how kids are: monkey see, monkey do.

Coloring Pages of Dresses
Playing dress up is often a young girl's first introduction to fashion. Take it a step further, and print some fashion coloring pages and color.

Cut Out Paper Dolls
Children love using their imaginations, and pretend play with cut out paper dolls gives them the chance to make up their own stories using paper dolls.

Spot the Differences
We've all seen those find the differences worksheets where two pictures are shown.

Food Coloring Pages -- Healthy Eating
These food coloring pages will help children learn about healthy eating while having fun. With the new food plate... .

Plant Worksheets
Plant worksheets are a great way to teach children about the life cycle of plants and more.

Printable Word Searches
Printable word searches can be used for fun or as educational aids. Word search puzzles are great to reinforce spelling of words that children are learning.

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      anjamac 3 years ago

      Excellent lens...plenty of puzzles to explore!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      this is really good. can u answer my one question

      there is one word if u spell it write it is wrong if u spell it wrong it is correct?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      How lucky are the people who find this lens, especially those with children.

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      This lens has just reminded me that I am in need of some serious brain stretching... I've allowed myself to get too dull. Great stuff!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I enjoy the challenge, though i'm not that good. Fun lens! :)

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      ConvenientCalendar 4 years ago

      Very fun!

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      JackNimble 4 years ago

      super cool. I wonder if I can get my five ear ods to like simpler brain teasers.

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      Rhonda Albom 4 years ago from New Zealand

      These are really fun. I love puzzles and brain teasers.blessed.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @ismeedee: What a great idea. My grandkids would love that. I should start thinking about some riddles now for this year's Easter egg hunt!

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      ismeedee 4 years ago

      yes, they are fun! I make up riddles for my children every year for their Easter egg hunt. Makes it far more interesting to have to solve the riddles to get to the treasures!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      once you start answering brain teasers you can't stop

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      Artistu1991 4 years ago

      Nice..good work

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      Michael Oksa 4 years ago

      A nice blend of classic brain teasers and newer ones. Great lens! :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i love brain teasers!

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      norma-holt 4 years ago

      Great teasers here. Blessed and have a wonderful holiday season and extra special 2013. Hugs

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      Darcie French 4 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Kids have no reason to be bored with your awesome free printables and brain teasers galore!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i love these brain teaser and riddles they are very great and fun

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      BlackSunflowerB 5 years ago

      Great lens! You should make more lenses like this one!

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      BlackSunflowerB 5 years ago

      Great lens! You should make more lenses like this one!

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      Birthday Wishes 5 years ago from Here

      I love them! They are a good way to test yourself.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I enjoyed this very much. I wish we have more of these.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      This is fun even for adults. Can't wait to test my kids on some of these.

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      bossypants 5 years ago from America's Dairyland

      Nice selection! I got stumped a few times!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Anything that tickles and teases the brain! :)

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      Loads of fun to read this article, Peggy. I remembered some (note: some!) of the brainteasers shown but was caught confused by a few.

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      mamabrat lm 5 years ago

      love these and I am so sharing with my kiddos

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      Karen 5 years ago from U.S.

      Our family in general all like brain teasers and puzzles. I spend some of my "free time" doing logic puzzles -- ahh, a nice escape from my other duties :-) This was a fun page to ponder over!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I remember these brain teasers from my youth. They're as great today as they were then. *blessed*

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      Love them

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      bigjoe2121 5 years ago

      My son loves the mazes.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm sitting right behind Steve in the second grade....what fun and wonderful learning tools and what we learn while having fun, we remember. This is just cool!

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      Is this question another brain teaser? Right now I'm going back to second grade. Thanks for the fun. I think I've gotten old enough so that I need a refresher course on these.

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      TwistedWiseman 5 years ago

      Always been a fan :)

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      markadamdouglass 5 years ago

      I am much more into mechanical puzzles. I am very kinaesthetic

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      Monica Lobenstein 5 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      Yes, these were fun (even though I didn't get several of them).

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      Gayle Dowell 5 years ago from Kansas

      Great ones!

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      Another wonderful fun lens. Blessed!

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      curious0927 5 years ago

      Love them, and since I work with kids, this lens is a GEM for me. Thanks for the freebies! Bookmarked, liked, and blessed! You amaze me. I wish I had more time for making my own lenses. But, I'm learning a lot by cruising yours!

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      Zut Moon 5 years ago

      Now that's a dumb question ... I am Zut Moon ... of course I like brain teasers ... LOL

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      Susan300 6 years ago

      Yes!! This lens was great fun. :)

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      gottaloveit2 6 years ago

      Yes, and I like you and this lens even more! Great lens.

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      EMangl 6 years ago

      sure i do - and my daughter begins to like riddles and such more and more, i'm really glad that she does not watch tv now all time (we don't live together)

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      A very fun - and fine page about brain teasers!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      in fact i enjoy brain teasers i wish 2 view more riddles

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      MelissaRodgz 6 years ago

      This was so fun

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      gottaloveit2 6 years ago

      Great idea for a lens. Just wiled away a bit of time waiting for the doctor to come update Mom's status.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @Virginia Allain: I could use a logic class. I love these puzzles but am not always very good at them!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @Pam Irie: Same here, Pam!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @Nancy Hardin: Oh, I'm the same way. I need to read these more often and make myself figure them out!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I got a few of these, but just as many I missed. I had to strain the brain! Great lens, but sure did rattle me!

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      Pam Irie 6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I usually feel like smacking myself upside the head when I give up and read the answers. :)

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      Whew, you stumped me a number of times here. I took a logic class in college and they had some puzzlers for us to work out. I liked figuring them out.