Sheila is the author of the Fiona the Theater Mouse series of children's books, as well as Treasure in a Mountain Cave. She is also a poet.
New Year's Riddles for You and Your Kids
A little levity and laughter to lighten the mood is a great way to start a new year. This is one of several of my fun joke articles that you can share with the kids in your life. My other joke articles include Christmas riddles, Valentine's Day riddles, and others. If you have some rip-roaring winter riddles to add to the ones listed here, feel free to include them in the comment section at the end.
Orange you glad you've found this article? Come along with me for another round of silliness. The riddles in this article have either come from my memory or have been inspired by ancient copies of Highlights for Children that I have stacked in my basement.
Which Answer Is Correct?
Those of you who have visited my Christmas Riddles for Kids article may have noticed that there are always two answers to my riddles. This is just to make them a little more fun and sort of like a game. If you choose to answer the silly question, you can choose the answer that you like the best and then compare your preference to how others have voted.
If you can think of an answer I haven't given, feel free to add your own in the comments section, but please—clean answers only! After all, this article is meant to be shared with children. Remember: I have the option of deleting your comment if it's off-colour.
But which answer is the correct one? In this world, there are not always simple answers to Life's great conundrums. Both answers make sense in a way. Yet one of the two answers is correct in the sense that it is the answer that has been passed down in the great world of riddlehood. The other answer I just made up. You can choose which answer you like the best. Answer the question (if you choose to) in the quirky way that suits you. Unlike in real life, "correct" answers don't make or break you.
So then, have some fun with me as you peruse these riddles. Be sure to leave me a comment at the end to let me know how you did or if you want to add your own two cents worth.
Get Kids Thinking With Riddles and Jokes
Have you ever made up riddles and jokes with the young ones in your life? Not only do kids have fun telling jokes over and over, but they can also learn something by stretching their minds when making up their own jokes.
Creating riddles requires a different type of thinking than straightforward logic. You need to think of all the different meanings of a word. A table has legs, for example, and a wall and a ceiling come together in a corner, while you may have a corner store in your neighborhood and a good strong pair of legs!
When you are seven or eight years old, and you have never acknowledged these common uses of such simple words as legs or corners before, putting the two meanings together in a riddle can seem awfully funny. We oh-so-sophisticated adults may tire of the jokes with two simple meanings, but kids may not.
How does this process of creating riddles help a child's thinking skills? Well, in searching for words with several meanings or homophones that sound the same but are spelled differently, a child is trying hard to think "outside the box." He is also extending his vocabulary and becoming aware of how words are used in different contexts, which may help in decoding skills while reading.
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Perhaps this is part of the reason kids at this age seem to delight in riddle and joke books. Who knew they were learning something in the process?
Did You Have Fun?
Well, now that I've shown my silly side, did you have any doubts after seeing my profile photo? I hope you'll leave a message to let me know whether or not I've made you smile. After all, life can be filled with many stresses and woes, and taking the time for a laugh or a giggle is important to our mental health.
I have been known to release my stress in laughter at the most unlikely times (childbirth? bone marrow biopsy?) Life can be tough but laughing at oneself and with others is one of the gifts we have been given to cope with some of the big and little moments of stress.
Have a laugh a day. Share a happy moment with another. Don't laugh at others but with them. Once in a while, it's okay to laugh at oneself, though. It helps keep us humble.
© 2011 Sheilamarie
Which winter riddle above is your favorite? (Or add a joke of your own!)
Sheilamarie (author) from British Columbia on January 01, 2020:
Thanks, Elizabeth! We all need a good laugh now and then.
ELizabeth on January 01, 2020:
I love these guys I recommend this for everyone
jan on November 27, 2019:
Bread bakers break bread bread bakers baked. :)
zzalexi on January 06, 2017:
What d'ya call a bunny with fleas? [Bugs Bunny] is a hoot. Will share your site w/my att'y who's got a 3-yr-old daughter who should smile & laugh hundreds of time each day. Thanx heaps. You've put sunshine into my 2017 New Year.
Sheilamarie (author) from British Columbia on January 18, 2014:
@Lynn Klobuchar: I'm glad you liked them, LynnKK!
Lynn Klobuchar on January 17, 2014:
Sheilamarie (author) from British Columbia on January 05, 2014:
@TreasuresBrenda: You're welcome, Brenda! I totally agree.
Treasures By Brenda from Canada on January 05, 2014:
Laughter makes good medicine! Thanks for sharing.
Sheilamarie (author) from British Columbia on January 01, 2014:
@Heidi Vincent: Thank you, FreshStart7! Happy New Year to you, too!
Heidi Vincent from GRENADA on December 31, 2013:
The worrying prune. I wish you a happy and prosperous New Year, sheilamarie!
Sheilamarie (author) from British Columbia on February 10, 2013:
@Fox Music: You are welcome, FoxMusic.
Fox Music on February 10, 2013:
Thanks for sharing this fun lens "Fun Riddles for the New Year"
Sheilamarie (author) from British Columbia on January 17, 2013:
@anonymous: I'm glad I caused you to chuckle.
anonymous on January 17, 2013:
Too much fun! :)
Sheilamarie (author) from British Columbia on January 11, 2013:
@anonymous: Thanks, davespeed! I'm glad you enjoyed it.
anonymous on January 08, 2013:
A feathered riddle. Fun lens!
Sheilamarie (author) from British Columbia on January 07, 2013:
@LouisaDembul: I hope you don't catch cold.
Sheilamarie (author) from British Columbia on January 07, 2013:
@ElizabethJeanAl: Thanks, ElizabethJeanAllen.
ElizabethJeanAl on January 06, 2013:
LouisaDembul on December 25, 2012:
i liked the one about catching cold...
Wedding Mom on May 10, 2012:
I love the riddle about which moves faster, heat or cold.
kcuddy on January 18, 2012:
Matt helped me answer the musical one while studying for physics exam!
anonymous on January 18, 2012:
Love the photo of the orange smile!!!!!
Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on January 15, 2012:
I think my favorite is the Snowman getting in the car and says "Don't turn on the heater".
hlkljgk from Western Mass on January 03, 2012:
fun lens. thanks for the smile. :)