Children love knock-knock jokes, such as "Knock, knock. Who's there? Ice cream. Ice cream who? Ice cream if you don't let me in!" They also enjoy riddles and puns that let them show friends and grown-ups that they can see the humor in a variety of situations.
A few riddles to work a child's mind include: "I'm tall when I'm young. I'm short when I'm old. What am I?" and "Poor people have it. Rich people need it. If you eat it, you will die. What is it?" The answer to the first riddle is "a candle," and the answer to the second riddle is "nothing."
A few popular riddles for adults include, "Is an older $100 bill worth more than a newer one?" The answer is, "Yes. A $100 bill is worth more than a $1 bill." Another example is, "When is homework not homework?" The answer is, "When it's turned in to the teacher."
Riddles for children should challenge their thinking without being too frustrating, such as the following: "What has a face and hands but no arms or legs?" The answer is a clock, which has a "face" with numbers and "hands" that indicate time.
The following are riddles intended for kids: What gets wetter and wetter the more it dries? What goes up and down the stairs without moving? What has a face and two hands, but no arms or legs? The answers to these riddles are as follows: a towel, a rug and a clock.
Online collections and bookstores are the best places to find challenging riddles. Good Riddles Now, Riddlers and Brain Den maintain online collections of riddles with answers. Most major bookstores, such as Barnes & Noble, have collections devoted to riddles, brainteasers and word puzzles for all a
Hard riddles for kids can be found through an online search, including this simple one: What starts with "P," ends with "E" and has thousands of letters in it? The answer: A post office.
GoodRiddlesNow.com, BrownieLocks.com and Funology.com all have extensive libraries of riddles and jokes intended for children. In fact, these websites are aimed at a young audience and even have rules against allowing obscenities and other inappropriate content.
A clever riddle begins with the question, "If you were running a race and you passed the person in second place, what place would you be in now?" The answer is second place. A clever joke is, "It's hard to explain things to kleptomaniacs because they always take things literally."
Riddles are essentially word puzzles that use metaphors to describe something very specific. Riddles can also be jokes that are plays on words. These usually take the form of question and answer, for example, "Why was the picture sent to jail?" The answer is that it was framed.