Riddles, Puzzles and Brainteasers for Kids

Keep your kids' minds active even when their bodies are not. Puzzle books are a great hands-on, screen-free activity to make kids think while they are having fun.

Riddles, Jokes and Brainteasers

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Even kids who can't yet read can enjoy some of these books. There is something here for the pre-schooler to the pre-teen and beyond.

Clip Clue Puzzles

Clip Clue Puzzles

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Hold on to your office supplies! Kids ages 8 and up will be pilfered paper clips to solve these puzzles. They read the clues, then arrange a clip chain that satisfies all the clues. But if it keeps them entertained it’s worth it, right?

The Everything Kids Riddles & Brain Teasers Book: Hours of Challenging Fun

The Everything Kids Riddles & Brain Teasers Book: Hours of Challenging Fun

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This book is geared toward kids ages 9-12 but kids a bit older or younger may enjoy it too. Kids will laugh and think at the same time. It's a two-fer!

Life: The Ultimate Picture Puzzle: Can You Spot the Differences?

Ultimate Picture Puzzle

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Even very young children can do the picture puzzles in this series. This particular book has some tougher puzzles for  experienced puzzlers.

Fun With Mazes Wipe-Off Book

Fun With Mazes Wipe-Off Book

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Wipe-off mazes are great. Not only do kids forget that they’ve solved this maze before and then re-solve it, but it means when the kids really do have them memorized, you can pass them down to younger siblings. Plus kids can make a mistake but then clear it off with no problem. These mazes are geared toward preschool age.

Reader's Digest Book of Puzzles & Brain Teasers

Reader's Digest Book of Puzzles & Brain Teasers

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Difficulty level in these riddles, mysteries, and verbal conundrums, range from 1 to 3. In kids’ ages that is probably tweens and up.These will build analytical, creative, and practical thinking.

Kids' Kookiest Riddles

Kids' Kookiest Riddles

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Ever kid loves riddles — the sillier the better. This one will keep them busy. Some samples from the publisher:

"What do you get if you cross a pig and a centipede? Bacon and legs."

"Who did Dracula marry? The girl necks door." 

One Minute Mysteries: 65 Short Mysteries You Solve With Science!

One Minute Mysteries: 65 Short Mysteries You Solve With Science!

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One-minute mysteries keep kids reading for a whole bunch of minutes! And these have the added bonus of reinforcing science skills. These cover earth, space, life, physical, chemical, and general science. 

I Spy Books

I Spy Books

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While there are many highly entertaining visual puzzle books, the I Spy books set the standard.

A parent may need to read the riddle, which lays out which hidden-in-plain sight objects to find. But there are so many items in the intricate photo illustrations that children can make up new riddles or enjoy a little freelance sleuthing. Children of all ages love these books. Both series have books geared specifically to preschoolers, though children in that age range may also enjoy the regular series.

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