The Toddler Riddle

girl-504315_1280Do you know Einstein’s Riddle? A logic puzzle often, and probably wrongly, attributed to Albert Einstein, it has many variations. It is claimed that only 2% of the population will be able to solve it and get the correct answer. Some tellings of it also claim that the speed with which you can work it out can demonstrate your IQ. It is considered to be a very difficult logic puzzle. It isn’t. Einstein’s Riddle is no match for the Toddler Riddle.

As with Einstein’s puzzle, there are a series of facts and clues to this toddler logic puzzle, which you should use to try to solve the question at the end. Unfortunately, ability to solve the Toddler Riddle does not indicate genius, merely that you have toddlers…and have probably gone mad.


1. There are five toddlers.

2. Each toddler is in a different mood today.

3. Each toddler will only eat one thing. None of the toddlers will eat the same thing as any of the other toddlers.

4. No toddler likes anything they liked yesterday.


1. Toddler One only wears an Elsa costume.

2. Toddler Two only wears pyjamas.

3. Toddler Three only wears an Elsa costume with pyjamas. And one glove.

4. Toddler Four’s favourite sport is baby javelin, in which contestants see how far they can throw a baby sibling.

5. Toddler Five’s favourite sport is cat riding, which is mildly more dangerous than rodeo.

6. The toddler who pours all of her water on the floor has a pet carrot.

7. The toddler who is wearing one welly likes broccoli. But only on Tuesdays.

8. The toddler who will only sleep with 22 books in her bed won’t wear her coat. Unless there is a heatwave.

9. The toddler who likes to jump off the sofa has a bump on her head. These are connected.

10. The toddler who is obsessed with Peppa Pig…no, wait: all of the toddlers are obsessed with Peppa Pig.

11. The toddler who only eats bread has an envelope. It’s his favourite toy.

12. The toddler who is carefully arranging coasters into a straight line is not listening to anything Mummy is saying (and nor are the rest of the toddlers).

13. The toddler who is screaming doesn’t know why.

14. The toddler who has crayoned on the sofa is blaming a stuffed dinosaur.

15. The toddler whose favourite food is spaghetti bolognese is staging a sit in to protest his dinner of spaghetti bolognese, which he hates.


The question is: Why is custard?

What do you mean, it’s taken you three years and you couldn’t solve toddler logic?! (The answer, of course, is ‘because it is’.)



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  1. Kimmie says:

    Hahahahahahahaha. Laughing so hard I choked on a wine-gum. Now trying to stop giggling, and choking long enough to read aloud to hubs. … This could take a while. Fabulous!

  2. wendy says:

    Haha soo funny! Laughed the whole way through this, if I had 5 toddlers I would probably go insane. I am finding myself saying ‘because it is’ a lot lately!

    Thank you for linking this up to #KCACOLS. Hope to see you again next Sunday x

  3. Mrs Tubbs says:

    So funny! And which mummy has just said this is what’s for tea, there is nothing else so you can just eat it so there. The thought of 5 toddlers makes my blood run cold …

  4. ShoeboxofM says:

    Toddler logic is impenetrable and unstoppable. Dinner was declared disgusting yesterday before he even knew what it was. Baths are now his favourite thing ever but the day before he screamed as if murdered when his toes touched the water.

    I did have a glimmer of pride though after dressing my daughter in Doc McStuffins pyjamas (with lamb knees) she informed my wife that she didn’t want to be lamb knees. She wanted to be Batman.


  5. N says:

    Oh my, this definitely made my day! Hilarious post which also happens to be true ? Solving the toddler riddle is impossible because the answer changes with time of day, the weather and the availability of M&Ms ?

  6. Lucy says:

    Laughed so hard at this that my husband is now annoyed with me for not being able to explain what’s funny. also, do you really have five toddlers? Brave woman if so. #Marvmondays

  7. Robyn says:

    Mmm custard! What was the question again? One toddler and his logic is tricky enough for me, I must confess I never seriously entertained solving this riddle once I realised there were FIVE toddlers, I jus read it for the laugh 😉 And laugh I did!

  8. Love this! Haha, why is custard. Great question! I did waste half an hour solving the original riddle though so I’m obviously not a genius and am better suited to the Toddler logic 🙂 #brillblogposts

  9. MMT says:

    Silly Mummy you are somewhat of a closet Einstein me thinks?

    I love this post because it’s as balmy as a toddler, as nuts as a mummy and as funny as a fish. That last bit was toddler logic too.

    Thanks for making us all laugh again and again over at #coolmumclub

  10. Jo says:

    Hahahahaha, love this post. My girls are past the toddler years & I’m currently living in the world of 4 year old logic but this brought back soooooo many memories. P.s not wearing a coat unless there is a heatwave is still living strong!!

  11. Ha ha this is brilliant!! Monkey is 3.5 and often asks question after question especially in the car and sometimes we do resort to the ‘because it is’ after all there is only so many questions we can answer and after a 3 hour drive to Devon last weekend we had hit out limit! Bless him, although we do normally encourage it – honest! :). Thank you for joining us at #BloggerClubUK hope to see you again next week x

  12. Alice says:

    Magnificent work! When Jet persists in asking “Why?” I say to him “Why do you think, Jet?”
    I dread to think what any of the five toddlers would say in answer to that! But it would probably involve a duck somewhere along the line…
    x Alice

  13. Alice says:

    I have just read this out loud to Chris. Jet overheard, and has this to add… “If you make custard, it will take millions of billions of years!”
    So there’s your answer!

  14. This is hilarious! And I’m unable to answer the Toddler Riddle. I think once you have kids you lose part of your brain, the reasoning side. Toddler’s get you spinning. They ask you a question and you find yourself answering as if they really wanted to know the answer. LOL “WHY” takes on a new meaning. It really doesn’t mean “WHY” it’s just something said to confuse adults. And these vicious small ones say it over and over, and it drives parents mad. Mad, I say. LOL So, why is custard? I have no idea. I think this is where “Because I say so…” was invented, discombobulated adults!

  15. Lee Gaitan says:

    This is one of my all-time favorites (no, I don’t need a “u” in that word)! It’s just inspired, pure genius. I actually have tears running down my cheeks from laughing and the dog is cocking his head curiously at me. As for the custard issue, why indeed?

  16. Liz Deacle says:

    Ha!Ha!Ha! When I read this I actually wished mine were toddlers again!! Weird isn’t it…it doesn’t get much better when they reach 16! 😉

  17. Tubbs says:

    Anyone who tries to play rodeo with our cat deserves whatever they get frankly. Deadly 60 doesn’t even come close. And he doesn’t want to wear the Elsa costume and be wheeled about in a pram like a baby either. Not even for Dreamies.

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