Whether you have a science buff or a Harry Potter fanatic, look no further than this list of trivia questions and answers for kids of all ages that will be fun for little minds to ponder.

By Christin Perry
June 10, 2020
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Looking to turn a boring afternoon into a battle of the brains? Or maybe you're just in desperate need for something to talk about during dinner? Trivia questions about seemingly little facts are a great way to get both kids and adults giggling even if they don't know the answers—yet!

"Trivia for kids is not just a fun game," says Allie Finkel, licensed clinical social worker and co-owner of Kind Minds Therapy in New York City. "It's also a great way to test their knowledge about various topics, teach them information about the world, and serves as a way to engage them."

Worried your child may be too young to grasp the idea of trivia? Don't be. "Any time you are asking a number of questions and kids have to give the answer, you are doing trivia," Finkel explains, no matter what the topic. So even if they're a long way from being able to watch Jeopardy, they will pick up the concept quickly.

Ready to start your own round of trivia? We picked 50 trivia questions for kids in five popular categories so you can start asking questions based on your child's age and interests.

Science Trivia

How many teeth does an adult human have? Answer: 32 — webmd.com

What is the largest known living land animal? Answer: African Bush Elephant — onekindplanet.org

What are animals that eat both meat and plants called? Answer: Omnivores — sciencing.com

How many elements are in the periodic table? Answer: 118 — icebreakerideas.com

What is the world's largest ocean? Answer: Pacific Ocean — oceanservice.noaa.gov

Which planet has the most gravity? Answer: Jupiter — sciencing.com

What is the largest internal organ in the human body? Answer: The liver — healthline.com

How many breaths does the average human take in a day? Answer: 23,000 — blog.epa.gov

What was the first planet to be discovered using the telescope? Answer: Uranus — sciencemuseum.org.uk

What is the chemical symbol for table salt? Answer: NaCl — triviaquestionsnow.com

Animal Trivia

Which amphibian never sleeps? Answer: Bullfrog — rd.com

What is the fastest flying bird in the world? Answer: Peregrine falcon — rd.com

Which animal's fingerprints look exactly like human fingerprints? Answer: Koala — rd.com

How many noses does a slug have? — Answer: 4 — rd.com

What mammal has the longest lifespan on earth? Answer: Bowhead Whale; the oldest known bowhead whale was at least 211 years old! — mnn.com

Where does the most venomous spider live? Answer: Australia; Sydney funnel-web spider (Atrax robustus) — guinnessworldrecords.com

What is a group of lions called? Answer: A pride — sciencekids.co.nz

How many wings does a bee have? Answer: 4 wings total, two sets! — sciencekids.co.nz

How many bones does a shark have? Answer: 0 — nature.com

How fast can a roadrunner run? Answer: 20 MPH — 10000birds.com

History Trivia

Where did the Olympic games originate? Answer: Greece — history.com

Who was the first Black president of the United States? Answer: Barack Obama — kidskonnect.com

Which was the first country to use paper money? Answer: China — thoughtco.com

Who wrote a famous diary while hiding from Nazis in Amsterdam? Answer: Anne Frank — history.com

In which year did the Titanic sink? Answer: 1912 — history.com

Where was Martin Luther King, Jr. born? Answer: Atlanta, Georgia — kids.nationalgeographic.com

What holiday celebrates the end of slavery in the U.S.? Answer: Juneteenth on June 19 — pbs.org

Who was the first Black player in Major League Baseball? Answer: Jackie Robinson — history.com

What animal is considered to be the symbol of America? Answer: Bald Eagle — livescience.com

How many colonies were there originally? Answer: 13 — history.com

Disney Trivia

Who sings the song "Shiny" from Moana? Answer: Tamatoa — disney.fandom.com

What is the princess' name in Princess and the Frog? Answer: Tiana — disney.fandom.com

What type of fish is Nemo? Answer: A clownfish — disney.fandom.com

What kind of animal is Abu in Aladdin? Answer: A monkey — disney.fandom.com

Who was the first Disney princess? Answer: Snow White — oldest.org

What are the names of Cinderella's evil stepsisters? Answer: Anastasia and Drizella — disney.fandom.com

What animal does Merida's mom turn into in Brave? Answer: A bear — disney.fandom.com

Which Disney princess is inspired by a real person? Answer: Pocahontas — disneyexaminer.com

What is the name of the teacup in Beauty and the Beast? Answer: Chip Potts — disney.fandom.com

What is the name of Mulan's dragon? Answer: Mushu — disney.fandom.com

Harry Potter Trivia

How many brothers did Ron Weasley have? Answer: 5 — hypable.com

What are the three types of wizard coins in order of value? Answer: Galleon (gold), Sickle (silver), and Knut (bronze) — harrypotter.fandom.com

What is the name of Harry Potter's pet owl? Answer: Hedwig — harrypotter.fandom.com

From what platform do students catch the Hogwarts Express? Answer: 9 3/4 — harrypotter.fandom.com

When is Harry Potter's birthday? Answer: July 31 — harrypotter.fandom.com

What did Dumbledore use to light up the Street lights in Privet Drive? Answer: A Deluminator — harrypotter.fandom.com

What is the name of the bright green snake hidden in the Chamber of Secrets? Answer: A Basilisk — harrypotter.fandom.com

What is Lord Voldemort's real name? Answer: Tom Marvolo Riddle — harrypotter.fandom.com

Who brought Harry to Hogwart's? Answer: Hagrid — harrypotter.fandom.com

How old was Harry Potter when he got his lightening bolt scar? Answer: 15 months old — harrypotter.fandom.com

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