Star Riddles

For the last few weeks, we’ve been publishing several different riddles with a space theme. We’re concluding that series for now with a set which all have the answer ‘star’.

This set also marks the start of a new series which will be all about different shapes.

The first three of these are rhyming riddles, while the fourth is a one-liner.

The fifth and final one of these is a What Am I riddle. To use that one, read the first line to your children and have them take a guess at what they think the answer would be.

As that first clue is that it’s something bright but which isn’t clever, they might guess that it’s a bonfire, a flashlight or a TV screen.

If they don’t guess that the answer is a star, read them the clue on the second line and have them take another guess. Keep doing this until they either guess the correct answer or they run out of clues.

Star Riddles For Kids

Star Riddles For Kids

During the festive season
This might top a Christmas tree
It’s also used to describe
A famous celebrity

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These are giant balls of gas
Many light years away
Most are only seen at night
Although one’s seen in the day

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There are millions of these things
Which are seen in the sky at night
The closest one to planet Earth
Is called the sun which shines so bright

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I am a shape you see atop a Christmas tree

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What Am I?

I’m bright but I’m not clever
I burn but I’m not a bonfire
I sound like I’m a celebrity but I’m not famous
I twinkle but I’m not an eye
I can be seen at night but I’m not the moon

Moon Riddles

Our series of space riddles for kids continues today with seven which all have the moon as their answer.

These can therefore also be used with our other solar system and astronomy themes.

The first six of these are rhyming riddles, while the seventh asks the question What Am I?

To use the What Am I riddle, read the clue on the first line to your children and ask them to guess the answer.

As the clue is that it’s something spherical that isn’t a soccer ball, they might guess that it’s a tennis ball, a Christmas decoration or an orange.

If they don’t guess that it’s the moon, read them the clue on the second line and ask them to guess again. Keep going until they either work out that the answer is the moon or they run out of clues.

7 Moon Riddles For Kids

Moon Riddles For Kids

This is a place that’s not on earth
Where only astronauts have been sent
It can be full, it can be half
And sometimes it can be a crescent

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I am something in the sky
That seems to shine at night
However, I’m not a star
I am Earth’s satellite

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There is a far away place
That has both light and dark sides
Its gravitational pull
Has an effect on Earth’s tides

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Saying Buzz Aldrin was first
To step foot here would be wrong
Because “one small step for man”
Was taken by Neil Armstrong

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This has hardly any atmosphere
Which means that there is no rain
It’s a place that orbits round the Earth
Which we can see wax and wane

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Some planets have many of these
But for our planet there is only one
It causes a solar eclipse
When it gets between the Earth and the sun

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What Am I?

I’m spherical but I’m not a soccer ball
I can be full even though I haven’t eaten anything
I have craters but I’m not a volcano
I have a dark side but I’m not Darth Vader
I can be seen at night but I’m not a star
I affect tides but I’m not the wind

Saturn Riddles

We’re continuing our series of riddles with a space theme today with four that have the answer Saturn.

These ideas can also be used with several of our other riddle themes such as planets and the solar system.

The first three of these are rhyming riddles, while the fourth one asks your children What Am I?

To use that final idea, read the first line to your children and have them guess what they think the answer is.

As it’s something that’s full of gas but which isn’t a car, they might guess that it’s a helium balloon, the atmosphere or someone who’s just eaten a lot of spicy food!

If they don’t guess that it’s Saturn, read them the clue on the second line and have them guess again. Keep doing this until they guess that the answer is Saturn or they run out of clues.

Saturn Riddles For Kids

Saturn Riddles For Kids

This is the second largest planet
And has over 50 moons in its orbit
The reason it’s recognizable
Is because of all the rings surrounding it

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When looking at all of the planets
This is the second largest one
It has rings made of ice, dust and rocks
And is the sixth one from the sun

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This is a very large planet
The second largest by mass
It’s surrounded by many rings
And it is made up of gas

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What Am I?

I’m full of gas but I’m not a car
I have many rings but I’m not a jewelry store
I’m a Roman god but I’m not Janus
I’m a large planet but I’m not Jupiter

Sun Riddles

Our series of space riddles continues today with five that all have the sun as their answer.

These ideas can therefore also be used with our solar system and weather riddles.

The first four of these rhyme, with the word ‘sun’ completing the rhyme of the fourth riddle.

The fifth of these asks your kids What Am I? To use this one, read the clue on the first line to your children and ask them to guess what they think the answer is.

As that first clue is that it’s something that provides light which isn’t a candle, they might guess that it’s a light bulb, a fire, car headlights or something else.

If they don’t guess that the answer is the sun, read them the clue on the second line and ask them to guess again. Keep going until they either guess correctly or they run out of clues.

Sun Riddles For Kids

Sun Riddles For Kids

This can be seen up in the sky
But it is not a kite
It is a giant ball of gas
Which gives you heat and light

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If you look up during the day
Then you will see this lit
Because it is Earth’s closest star
Around which we orbit

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This is something in the sky
Which has a gaseous form
All the rays which it shines down
Are what help to keep us warm

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You see it rise in the morning
And set when the day is done
It provides us with light and heat
It’s a star that’s called the _ _ _

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What Am I?

I provide light but I’m not a candle
I’m hot but I’m not a bonfire
I have rays but I’m not an aquarium
I’m a star but I’m not a celebrity
I rise in the morning but I’m not someone getting out of bed

Mercury Riddles

We’re continuing our series of space riddles today with four that have the answer Mercury.

These could also be used with many of our themed riddles, such as planet, solar system, metal and chemistry.

The first three of these rhyme, with the word Mercury completing the rhyme of the third one.

The fourth riddle then asks your children What Am I? To use that, read the clue on the first line to your kids and have them take a guess at the answer.

As the clue lets them know that it has the atomic symbol Hg, there’s a good chance that they won’t work out that Mercury is the answer (unless they know their periodic table!)

If they don’t guess the correct answer, read them the clue on the second line and have them guess again. Keep doing this until they either work out that the answer is Mercury or they run out of clues.

4 Mercury Riddles For Kids

Mercury Riddles For Kids

When the temperature gets higher
It makes this liquid metal rise
It is also a planet’s name
Which is the one smallest in size

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I’m found in some thermometers
As I move up when I get hot
I’m also the smallest planet
And so Jupiter I am not

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80 is my atomic number
And I have the symbol Hg
I’m the planet closest to the sun
Which means my name is _ _ _ _ _ _ _

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What Am I?

I have the atomic symbol Hg but I’m not hydrogen
I’m a metal but I’m not gold
I’m a liquid but I’m not solder
I’m a Roman god but I’m not Apollo
I’m a planet but I’m not Mars