Holiday Riddles with Answers
They say “Laughter is the best medicine” (although I don’t know who “they” are, and they obviously haven’t tried my mom’s cheesy potatoes) and around the holidays, when things are hectic, it’s a necessity. Holidays are stressful for everyone, and jokes and riddles (especially riddles with answers, so you’re not left trying to guess) are great mood lighteners.
Riddles for kids, or riddles in general, can produce a plethora of responses: deep belly laughs – a guffaw, if you will; eyerolls that only cranky teenagers can truly perfect; a polite “please get me out of here” or “bless your heart” smile; or a full on “I can’t believe they thought that was funny” groan.
Riddles in the Classroom
Aside from creating laughs, snorts, and sighs, riddles are also good for classroom use. Think about what happens in your head when someone asks you a riddle. Do you stand there and wait for the answer, or do your neurons immediately fire up and throw a bunch of answers around your noggin’ like 20 sugared up 5-year olds in a bounce house? You want to answer it quickly and correctly to show the riddle asker that you’re Smarty McRiddlePants and they will need to do better than that to fool you. Take that, Little Timmy.
Our students’ brains do the same thing, with things going on in there all at once. They hear the question, process the words, picture the scenario, try to find meaning, dig for the right vocabulary, and order their thoughts for an answer in order to beat Suzy Queenbee by five milliseconds. Take that, Suzy.
Using riddles in the ESL classroom is a benefit, too, as it helps students learn why the punchline is funny, or possibly terrible, in a second language. They also help reinforce homonyms, puns, idioms, wordplay, and rhyming. It also helps them understand the difference between figurative and literal meanings.
Let’s try a few funny holiday riddles with answers for kids!
- What kind of party does a snowman throw?
A. A Snow Ball
- Q. What kind of plant wears socks?
- What is a mountain’s favorite song?
A. “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”
- What is a chicken’s favorite holiday drink?
- What did Santa need when he sprained his ankle?
A. A candy cane
- What is wrong with the letters: “abcdefghijkmnopqrstuvwxyz?”
A. There’s Noel
- Q. Why didn’t the turkey want to eat Christmas dinner?
A. Because he was stuffed
- Q. Who is Frosty’s favorite superhero?
- What is a pirate’s favorite reindeer?
- Q. What are vegetables’ least favorite dessert?
- Who is a runner’s favorite reindeer?
- Q. What do you call Santa on the beach?
A. Sandy Claus
- Q. What did Santa name his new kitten?
A. Mr. Claws
- Which reindeer likes to fly into space?
- What is it called when a Christmas tree has a sore throat?
- What nationality is Santa Claus?
A. North Polish
- What do snowman call snowflakes?
A. Stem cells
- What is Santa’s favorite 80’s metal rock band?
- What does December have that all of the other months don’t have?
A. The letter “D”
- What kind of belt does Santa wear?
A. A snow belt
- Where does a snowman keep his money?
A. In the snowbank
Give them what they need to know
When doing riddles in the classroom, it’s important that your students have the background knowledge to understand them. A student that has never seen snow before won’t understand many of the punchlines of winter jokes. When teaching, it’s imperative to develop a rapport with the students so that you can really get to know them.
It’s also important to remember that many students need to see the printed words to understand the question rather than just hearing it read aloud. Giving students holiday riddles with answers allows them to see the puns, spelling, and word changes for them to better understand the joke.
Riddles are a great enrichment or extension exercise in the classroom. Allow students to be creative by writing their own riddles. Kids love to tell jokes, because at that moment they have power – knowledge of an answer you may not guess and power to make you laugh. A child created riddle may not make sense, but unless you’re a Scrooge and can resist that giant beaming smile and eyes as shiny as Alpha Centauri, give them a nice deep belly laugh, then have them explain it after.
Carrie Wible, an Ohio native, has been a teacher since she was a 14-year old giving music lessons to children at a local music store. She went on to receive a Bachelor’s of Music from Kent State University but soon felt the call to become a classroom educator. She went back to school and received her professional teaching license in grades 1-8, followed by a Master’s in Teaching and Learning with Technology. She has been a teacher for 16 years in private, public, charter, and online schools. She has taught everything from core subjects to band, art, and computer classes, and had been with ALO7 since June 2017. She received her TESOL endorsement and is currently the district ESL tutor for the local public schools.
Carrie is the mother of three boys – a 21-year-old and 8-year-old twins. She also writes educational articles, arranges music, and solos for the local community band in her spare time.