Riddle for kids: Measurement

Riddle for kids: Measurement

Have you ever had your kids in the kitchen? Watching them measure ingredients into a bowl can be amusing at times. "Half of this, a quarter of that and a full cup of … don't spill it!" This riddle will test their measuring knowledge and give them a giggle, too.

What you need:

You won't need anything at all to tell the riddle.

But if you choose to act out your riddle you will need:

  • 2L jug of water 
  • 3 cup (750ml) measuring jug 
  • 5 cup (1.2L) measuring jug


Number of players:



You have a jug full of water from which you have to remove exactly one cup. You only have a three-cup measuring container and a five-cup measuring container. How will you remove exactly one cup?


Fill the three-cup container with water and then pour all three cups of water into the five-cup container. Fill the three cup container with water again, and then use it to fill the five-cup container the rest of the way. The five cup container will only take 2 more cups and the water left in the three-cup container will be only one cup.


  • Gather the materials and test this one out. You can even leave the riddle out with no visible solution to puzzle the kids.

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