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 —

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

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

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

What is the world's largest ocean? Answer: Pacific Ocean —

Which planet has the most gravity? Answer: Jupiter —

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

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

What was the first planet to be discovered using the telescope? Answer: Uranus —

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

Animal Trivia

Which amphibian never sleeps? Answer: Bullfrog —

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

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

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

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

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

What is a group of lions called? Answer: A pride —

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

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

How fast can a roadrunner run? Answer: 20 MPH —

History Trivia

Where did the Olympic games originate? Answer: Greece —

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How many colonies were there originally? Answer: 13 —

Disney Trivia

Who sings the song "Shiny" from Moana? Answer: Tamatoa —

What is the princess' name in Princess and the Frog? Answer: Tiana —

What type of fish is Nemo? Answer: A clownfish —

What kind of animal is Abu in Aladdin? Answer: A monkey —

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

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

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

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

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

What is the name of Mulan's dragon? Answer: Mushu —

Harry Potter Trivia

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

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

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

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

When is Harry Potter's birthday? Answer: July 31 —

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

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

What is Lord Voldemort's real name? Answer: Tom Marvolo Riddle —

Who brought Harry to Hogwart's? Answer: Hagrid —

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


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