Are you looking for fun family games to pass those long winter nights? Do you need a printable road trip game for (eventual) travel?
Why not get your children’s competitive juices flowing with some family-friendly trivia questions? Pull up or print out these 60 questions and see if you can stump your children, or if they can stump you.
1. Q: What do we call the special letters A, E, I, O, and U?
2. Q: What’s the name of the building where people can borrow books, or hear stories?
A: The library. (Ask your children, “What’s your favorite part about the library?”)
3. Q: How many letters are in the alphabet?
4. Q: Can you sing the alphabet?
A: (Let your children sing the ABC song here.)
5. Q: Letters that aren’t vowels are called what?
6. Q: A word or sentence that reads the same backward or forward (like: “Madam, I’m Adam”) is called what?
A: A Palindrome.
7. Q: I’m a kitten. I make this sound when I’m mad: ____.
A: A Hiss. Cats can meow, hiss, purr, and yowl. Sometimes they make chattering sounds when they see prey.
8. Q: What’s the only land mammal that can’t jump?
A: The elephant. They’re just too big.
9. Q: What’s the only mammal that can fly?
A: Bats. Other mammals can glide, and humans can fly in machines, but only bats fly on their own.
11. Q: I’m an owl. I’m nocturnal. That means I’m most active at: Night or day?
A: Night. Animals that are most active in the day are called diurnal.
12. Q: A duck-billed platypus is a mammal, but it’s different from other mammals because of how it has its babies. Why is it so unique?
A: It lays eggs.
13. Q: What do you call a mammal whose babies grow up in their mommy’s pouch?
A: A marsupial.
14. Q: What are rhinoceros horns made out of?
A: Hair (Sometimes called keratin).
15. Q: What fish lives in both fresh water and salt water, and returns to the river they were born in to lay their eggs again?
16. Q: What’s the largest animal to have ever lived?
A: The blue whale. They can be more than 100 feet long.
17. Q: True or false: Sharks have been around since before the dinosaurs?
A: True. Sharks have been on earth for more than 400 million years!
18. Q: What is the only species of bird that can fly backward?
A: A hummingbird.
19. Q: True or false: Gorillas are so big, strong, and tough, so they must be fierce meat-eaters.
A: False. Gorillas are gentle and are mostly vegetarians (though sometimes they eat bugs).
20. Q: True or false: Only male walruses have tusks.
A: False. Both male and female walruses have long tusks.
21. Q: What mammal can live to be 200 years old?
A: The bowhead whale.
22. Q: What animal has fingerprints nearly identical to humans?
A: The Koala. Sometimes koala fingerprints have confused police at crime scenes.
Earth and Geography Trivia
23. Q: What is the capital of the United States of America?
A: Washington, D.C.
24. Q: Is earth the only planet with life?
A: So far, it’s the only one we know has life. But scientists suspect some other planets may have life on them—so we’re looking!
25. Q: What continent has the south pole?
26. Q: What’s the name of earth’s tallest mountain?
A: Mount Everest, which is in Tibet. It is 29,035 feet tall. That’s about as high as jet airplanes fly. To people in Tibet, it’s always been known as Chomolungma.
27. Q: What country has the most people living in it?
A: China is home to more than 1.39 billion people.
28. Q: What continent are the Andes Mountains on?
A: South America (bonus question: find South America on a map).
29. Q: What country is also an entire continent?
30. Q: How much of the earth is covered in water?
A: 70% of earth is covered with oceans. It’s mostly water.
31. Q: Where are the most species found on earth: The rainforest, the sea, or the savanna?
A: The sea. Most species are found near underwater coral reefs.
32. Q: How many people are on earth today?
A: Around 7.8 billion people live on earth today.
33. Q: What’s the lowest place on earth?
A: The Dead Sea, in Jordan and Israel. It’s more than 1,350 feet below sea level.
The Ocean Trivia
34. Q: A group of fish is called what?
A: A school.
35. Q: A group of dolphins is called what?
A: A pod.
36. Q: Can you drink ocean water?
A: No. Even though most of earth is covered in oceans, drinking the water can make people sick.
37. Q: What country is the world’s biggest coral reef near?
A: The Great Barrier Reef is off the coast of Australia.
38. Q: What are the names of the five oceans on earth?
A: The five oceans are: Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean, Arctic Ocean, and Southern (or Antarctic) Ocean.
39. Q: What’s the deepest part of the ocean named?
A: The Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench is more than 35,827 feet deep. That’s almost 7 miles under water!
Science and Space Trivia
40. Q: What’s bigger, the sun or the moon?
A: The sun. They only look the same size to us on earth because the sun is so much farther away.
41. Q: What color is the planet Mars?
43. Q: What planet is closest to the sun?
44. Q: Does the moon make its own light?
A: No. Moonlight is actually reflected sunlight off the moon’s surface.
45. Q: What planet is farthest from the sun?
A: Neptune. (If someone said Pluto, they would have been right until 2006, when scientists decided Pluto wasn’t actually a planet).
46. Q: What was the first human-made thing to orbit the earth?
A: A small satellite called Sputnik was blasted into earth orbit in 1957. It lasted stayed in orbit for several months.
47 Q: November 2, 2000, was the last time all humans were together on earth. Since then, someone has always been living above the earth on what orbiting home?
A: The International Space Station. People have been living in it continuously since late 2000.
48. Q: Who was the first person to step foot on the moon?
A: Neil Armstrong, an American Apollo 11 astronaut, was the first person to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969. His fellow astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin joined him moments later.
49. Q: What’s the Milky Way?
A: The Milky Way is our home galaxy (big group of stars). In some places far from city lights, you can see the Milky Way at night. It looks like a band of clouds across the sky.
50. Q: Who was the first president of the United States?
A: George Washington.
51. Q: In 1903, the Wright Brothers were the first people to do what?
A: The Wright Brothers were the first people to fly an airplane.
52. Q: How many stripes are on the American Flag?
53. Q: What did the Titanic hit that made it sink?
A: An iceberg.
54. Q: What people built the Great Pyramids?
A: The Egyptians.
55. Q: Alexander Graham Bell invented what?
A: The telephone.
56. Q: What country’s flag has an eagle holding a snake on it?
57. Q: What is the name of the Black woman who refused to give up her bus seat, leading to the Civil Rights movement in America?
A: Rosa Parks.
58. Q: Where did the first Olympic Games of the modern era take place?
59. Q: Alfred Nobel started the Nobel Peace Prize. What explosive invention did he create before that?
A: Nobel invented dynamite.
60. Q: Abraham Lincoln was not only a great president, he was a champion athlete in what sport?
A: Wrestling. Lincoln had a 299-1 record in wrestling and is the only president in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
61. Q: Who was the first Black man to play professional baseball?
A: Jackie Robinson, in 1947.
Make Your Own Trivia Questions About Your Family
Now, get to know each other better. Have each family member think of interesting things about themselves for trivia questions. Take turns sharing questions and having family members guess the answers.