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Ridiculous Riddles for Christmas

Why was Santa Claus sad? I received an early Christmas gift! The norovirus! Lulu came down with it earlier this week, and I’ve become the next casualty in our household. It’s unpleasant, to say the least, but fortunately doesn’t linger for more than a couple of days.

Anyway, until my brain shut down last night, the kids and I were crafting some “ridiculous riddles” for Christmas. Below are a few that you and your children might enjoy, too. (Note: Since Lulu and Roy are still true believers in Santa Claus, I didn’t share the first riddle with them. They’d probably find it more traumatic than amusing.)

If you’re unfamiliar with my ridiculous riddles, you might view those posts first or click open the box below for more information on the serious merits of this silly strategy.

What are Ridiculous Riddles and how can I use them?

Children love riddles. And for parents, riddles can be a fun and versatile way to promote language development.

I began making up my own “ridiculous riddles” a few years ago and I’ve used them in these ways:

  • To nurture speaking and listening skills. For me, riddles are especially handy at mealtimes. Plus, after hearing my riddles, Lulu and Roy are often eager to exercise their imagination and make up riddles of their own.
  • To increase exposure to reading material. Riddles can be used as captive reading material in the home (see Why You Must Put a Whiteboard in the Bathroom) or as lunchtime notes when away at school. (Just pose the question and let them ponder the answer until you meet.)
  • To encourage creativity and writing. In addition to using them orally, riddles are a great way to practice writing. Parent and child invent a few riddles for each other and then swap papers to guess the answers. (The guesses need to be written as well.)

Each “Ridiculous Riddles” post features a few silly riddles that I made up for my kids. Feel free to try them with your own children in the ways I’ve described, and give a go at creating new riddles, too. I think you’ll find that “ridiculous riddles” can be an entertaining and effective addition to your bag of tricks!

Make a guess before clicking the “plus sign” to reveal the answer!

Why was Santa Claus sad?
He found out he wasn’t real.
What did the naughty little boy get from Santa?
A good spanking.
What did the snowman say when he was melting?
Don’t be silly, snowmen can’t talk. They can only scream.
What are the prettiest decorations to put on a Christmas tree?
Peacocks.
Why is there a star at the top of a Christmas tree?
Because it looks better than a rectangle.

You’ll find my growing collection of “ridiculous riddles” right here.

P.S. Get my list of funny tongue twisters for kids!

How about you? Can you think of another “ridiculous riddle” for Christmas?
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2 Responses

  1. Your Christmas riddles were my favorite! So funny! I love it! I think my son wouldn’t understand riddles yet, but I would give this a try too when he turned 3, I think! I hope I could craft funny riddles just like you!

    1. Raira, thanks! I’m happy to hear you liked my riddles! And I hope your son will like them, too, when he’s older!

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