Winter Riddles for the New Year

Updated on September 10, 2019
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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.

Winter Riddles for Kids
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Winter 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.


Winter Riddles Are Always Good for a Laugh

But Which Answer Is the "Correct" Answer?

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 yourself. 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.

Laugh at the Snow!
Laugh at the Snow! | Source

Cool Riddle: January Joke

Why did Tommy put the January calendar in the refrigerator?

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Freezing Question (Even Cooler than the Last One)

How do you make antifreeze?

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Funny, Funny!
Funny, Funny!

Put on Your Running Shoes for This Joke! To Your Health!

What moves faster, heat or cold?

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Musical Riddle (Caution: This One's Slippery!)

How is music like an icy sidewalk?

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For the Birds: A Feathered Riddle

Why Do Birds Fly South for the Winter?

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Making Up Riddles and Jokes Can Be Fun

Get Kids Thinking!

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, they can also learn something by stretching their minds when making up their own jokes.

Creating riddles requires a different type of thinking than straight forward 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.

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?

Winter Wonderland: A Snowman Riddle

What did the father snowman say to his son when they got into the car?

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Snowman Trip
Snowman Trip

Pole-ish Jokes: Getting Political

Where do polar bears vote?

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Enlightening Joke: Good Advice Riddle

What did the happy lamp say to the grumpy lamp?

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A Plum Good Riddle: Fruity Perhaps

What happens when a plum becomes a worry wart?

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Sensual or Censual? Fun With the Senses

What are the six senses?

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Did You Have Fun?

Well, now that I've shown my silly side, did you have any doubt 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!)

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      2 years ago

      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.

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      5 years ago from British Columbia

      @Lynn Klobuchar: I'm glad you liked them, LynnKK!

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      Lynn Klobuchar 

      5 years ago

      Good ones!

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      5 years ago from British Columbia

      @TreasuresBrenda: You're welcome, Brenda! I totally agree.

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      5 years ago from Canada

      Laughter makes good medicine! Thanks for sharing.

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      5 years ago from British Columbia

      @Heidi Vincent: Thank you, FreshStart7! Happy New Year to you, too!

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      Heidi Vincent 

      5 years ago from GRENADA

      The worrying prune. I wish you a happy and prosperous New Year, sheilamarie!

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      6 years ago from British Columbia

      @Fox Music: You are welcome, FoxMusic.

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      Fox Music 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this fun lens "Fun Riddles for the New Year"

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      6 years ago from British Columbia

      @anonymous: I'm glad I caused you to chuckle.

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      6 years ago

      Too much fun! :)

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      6 years ago

      A feathered riddle. Fun lens!

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      6 years ago from British Columbia

      @LouisaDembul: I hope you don't catch cold.

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      6 years ago from British Columbia

      @ElizabethJeanAl: Thanks, ElizabethJeanAllen.

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      6 years ago

      Fun lens

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      6 years ago

      i liked the one about catching cold...

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      Wedding Mom 

      7 years ago

      I love the riddle about which moves faster, heat or cold.

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      7 years ago

      Matt helped me answer the musical one while studying for physics exam!

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      7 years ago

      Love the photo of the orange smile!!!!!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I think my favorite is the Snowman getting in the car and says "Don't turn on the heater".

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      7 years ago from Western Mass

      fun lens. thanks for the smile. :)


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