37 Silly Jokes for Kids: Riddles, Tongue Twisters, Knock-Knock Jokes, More

Whether you're at home or on a trip, funny kids jokes make the time pass a little more easily.
Boy laughing at funny jokes for kids (Photo: @amyhilbrand via Twenty20)
Photo: @amyhilbrand via Twenty20

Kids jokes make nearly any situation just a little bit better. Are you waiting out a layover with a grumpy toddler? Little kid jokes get kids laughing using simple language and concepts. Distracting elementary-aged kids from boredom during a long family road trip or some downtime in the RV? Riddles will keep brains whirring and tempers even. Even the punniest of knock knock jokes are good for the brain and the spirit.

And whether you’re telling them (or hearing them) on the road or at home, funny kids jokes make the time pass with a little more levity.

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Kids Jokes: Why We Love Them

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Repeating funny jokes is great storytelling practice for kids (Photo: @m_pharand via Twenty20)

Jokes require a relatively complex set of skills that’s great to encourage in kids. In order to be a successful teller of jokes, you first hear or read a joke and decide whether it’s funny or not. Then you have to remember it for long enough to tell someone else, and understand the structure of humor enough to be able to nail the delivery.

You then tell the joke (sometimes again and again), which is great short storytelling practice and helps kids make interpersonal connections.

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Where to Find Great Kids Jokes

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Telling jokes helps kids make interpersonal connections (Photo: @rmclarke via Twenty20)

The three great resources for finding funny jokes for kids are the internet, joke books, and talking to other kids. Some schools and after school care programs even have what’s called Joke Fridays, a time for kids to tell and trade jokes; these can be a treasure trove of jokes for children.

Here are some of our favorite jokes for kids, broken down into little kid jokes, general funny jokes for kids, riddle jokes for kids, and knock knock jokes for kids. We’ve included some of our favorite joke books for kids, too.

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Little Kid Jokes

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Joke telling requires social skills that are important to encourage in kids (Photo: @galinagk via Twenty20)

Little kid jokes need to be a little simpler and rely less on big words or the ability to spell. But, ideally, they should still be, you know, funny. Here’s a selection of little kid jokes sure to tickle your family’s funny bone.

  1. Why was six afraid of seven? Because 7, 8, 9.
  2. What is brown and sticky? A stick.
  3. What’s a ghost’s favorite dessert? I scream.
  4. What does one volcano say to the other? I lava you.
  5. What’s orange and sounds like a parrot? A carrot.
  6. What did the egg say to the funny baker? You crack me up.
  7. What did the mom cow say to the baby cow? It’s pasture bedtime.

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Funny Jokes for Kids

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The best jokes for kids can be amusing for adults, too (Photo: @dandottaviano via Twenty20)

Sometimes the best jokes are silly jokes; other times, they’re jokes that delight kids just a bit with an alternate meaning or a surprise ending. Here are some funny jokes for kids to add to your family repertoire so you’ll always have a laugh at the ready.

  1. What do you call a droid that takes the long route? R-2 Detour
  2. If a seagull flies over the sea, what flies over a bay? A bagel
  3. What kind of tree fits in your hand? A palm tree
  4. What building in New York has the most stories? The library
  5. What’s worse than finding a worm in your apple? Only finding half a worm.
  6. What did the banana say to the teacher? Nothing, bananas can’t talk.
  7. What do you call a boomerang that won’t come back? A stick
  8. What do you call a dog magician? Abra-cadabra-dor
  9. What dinosaur has the best vocabulary? The thesaurus
  10. Why couldn’t the astronaut book a hotel on the moon? Because it was full.
  11. What do you call a fish without an eye? A fsh (fish without an ‘i’)
  12. What does every birthday end with? The letter Y
  13. Why are fish so smart? Because they live in schools.
  14. What did the science book say to the math book? Wow, you’ve got problems.
  15. Why wouldn’t the shrimp share its treasure? Because it was a little shellfish.
  16. What kind of room doesn’t have doors? A mushroom
  17. What’s the best place in the school to grow flowers? Kindergarten
  18. How does a tree get on the internet? It logs in.
  19. Why is Kylo Ren so lonely? He’s Ben Solo too long.

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Riddle Jokes for Kids

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Silly jokes help kids pass the time on a road trip (Photo: @TonyTheTigersSon via Twenty20)

Riddles offer a slightly sophisticated twist on the classic kid joke, often relying on double meaning of words and lateral thinking. They’re great for elementary-aged kids as well as tweens and teens, and punchlines often deliver that “oooooh!” moment rather than a classic belly laugh.

  1. What has four wheels and flies? A garbage truck
  2. What can you catch, but never throw? A cold
  3. What’s bigger when it’s upside down? A 6
  4. What gets wetter the more it dries? A towel
  5. What stays in the corner but can travel the world? A stamp

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Knock Knock Jokes for Kids

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The internet is a good source of jokes for kids (Photo: @kayonokami via Twenty20)

Knock knock jokes offer kids the rare chance to have the upper hand in a conversational exchange with grown-ups. They may not be the ultimate in funny, but these lesser-known knock knock jokes will at least save you from that twentieth round of “knock knock, who’s there, banana …”

Knock knock.
Who’s there?
Owls go.
Owls go who?
That’s right!


Knock knock.
Who’s there?
Ida who?
No, I’m pretty sure it’s pronounced Ida-ho.


Knock knock
Who’s there?
Spell who?
OK, W-H-O …


Knock knock
Who’s there?
Hike who?
I didn’t know you liked Japanese poetry!


Knock knock
Who’s there?
Europe who?
No, you’re a poo!


Knock knock
Who’s there?
Interrupting sloth.
Interrupting sloth who?
(wait 20 seconds)
Sloooooooth …

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Christine Sarkis
A traveling parent and longtime travel writer and editor, Christine Sarkis is the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of FamilyVacationist. She is the former Executive Editor for TripAdvisor travel magazine SmarterTravel.com, she has spent nearly two decades finding and sharing the best places to go with an audience of enthusiastic travelers. Her stories have appeared on USA Today, Conde Nast Traveler, Huffington Post, and Business Insider. Her expert advice has been quoted in dozens of print and online publications including The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, and People magazine. She has also shared travel tips on television and radio shows including Good Morning America, Marketplace, Here & Now, Life Kit, and California Now. Her stories have been published in the anthologies Spain from a Backpack and The Best Women's Travel Writing 2008, and she is working on a travel memoir. Christine and her husband first met in Paris, and travel remains a big part of their shared experience. With their two kids in tow, they have piloted a barge down canals in France, befriended llamas in Peru, tended olive trees in Italy, and gone snorkeling with sea turtles in Hawaii. The family lives in California and loves traveling around the state. Their California favorites include Yosemite National Park, Point Reyes National Seashore, and the West Shore of Lake Tahoe.