Whether you’re teaching ESL kids, teenagers, or adults, riddles are incredibly fun to teach and are great for warmers / ice-breakers.
Riddles encourage students to use critical thinking and their knowledge of the English language to solve the problems.
However, it can be difficult to find good riddles which are easy enough for English language learners. That’s why we put together this list of 10 easy riddles for kids and beginner ESL students.
Check out the bottom of the page to download these easy riddles as a PowerPoint (PPT) presentation and for other related ESL materials.
10 Easy Riddles For Kids and Beginner ESL Students
A woman and 9 friends are under ONE umbrella. But nobody gets wet. Why?
What are the next two letters in this?
J, F, M, A, M, J, _ , _
How many months have 28 days?
Look at the picture above. What does it say?
What are the next letters in this and why?
W, A, T, N, L, I, T, _ , _
You enter a dark room. There is a candle and a lantern. You only have ONE match. Which one do you light first?
An electric train is travelling east to west at a speed of 100kph.
The wind is blowing west to east at a speed of 80kph.
Which direction does the smoke blow?
What is the next number?
25, 24, 22, 19, 15, …
What does this say?
HIGH HIGH HIGH HIGH HIGH
As a man was going to the zoo, he met a man that he knew.
This man had seven wives. Every wife had seven sacks. Every sack had sevencats, and every cat had sevenkittens.
How many people, animals, and things are going to the zoo?
10 Easy Riddles: The Answers
- Because it wasn’t raining.
- J, A (The letters are the first letters of the months – January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August )
- All months have 28 days (some have more than 28).
- Hurry Up
- A, W (The answer is in the question – What are the next letters in this and why?)
- Light the match first.
- There is no smoke. It’s an electric train.
- High Five
- One (The other man, wives, sacks, cats, and kittens are not going to the zoo – As a man was going to the zoo…)
Easy Riddles PPT
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These easy riddles can also be found in our riddles quiz activity video.