Riddles

  • Write 6,5,4,3,2,1 on the board
  • As you read each clue to the riddles out, teams can guess what the answer is. If they are correct after one guess they score 6 points, after two guesses 5 points, etc.
  • If a team gives the incorrect answer they cannot have another guess for that round.

Good riddles to use


I am not a bird, but I can fly.
I eat insects and fruit.
I’m dark.
I sleep upside down.
(bat)

I’m yellow and round.
I’m the same size as an apple.
You can’t eat me.
You hit me with a racquet.
(tennis ball)

Every country has one.
I have different colours.
I need wind to fly.
The British one is red, white and blue.
(flag)

I’m something you do every day.
I’m also an Olympic sport.
You use your legs to do this.
It’s slower than running.
(walking)

I’m a sport.
I’m usually done by men.
You need to be powerful and quick.
Muhammad Ali is the most famous man who has played this sport.
You wear shorts and gloves.
(boxing)

I’m brown on the outside.
I’m white on the inside.
I’m hard and you can eat or drink me.
I’m hairy.
I grow in hot countries.
(coconut)

I’m usually made of paper,
but in Australia I’m plastic.
I come in lots of colours.
I have pictures and numbers on me.
You use me to buy things.
(bank-note)

I’m a special day.
People buy each other presents on this day.
I’m romantic.
I’m on February 14th.
(Valentine’s Day)

I’m something English people eat for breakfast.
I’m hot.
You can put butter and jam on me.
I’m cooked bread.
(toast)

I’m a beautiful animal.
I’m found in Africa.
I have the first and last letters of the alphabet in my name.
I’m like a horse.
I’m striped.
(zebra)

I'm bright, that's why people use me
I hate the wind
I only last for a while, then I'm all used up
I am used on romantic dates
I can burn you
I'm made of wax
(candle)

Students could prepare more of their own riddles for homework to be used in subsequent games.

Clever riddle


What is;
- greater than God?
- more evil than the devil?

And what do;
- the poor have?
- the rich need?
And when you eat it you die?

Answer: Nothing!