180 great children's quiz questions (and the answers)

180 great children's quiz questions and answers
The perfect activity to keep the kids entertained during lockdown Credit: Rex Features 

Looking for something to keep the kids entertained? Try our children's quiz. With 180 questions on everything from the Chronicles of Narnia to a certain chap who cross the Alps with elephants, there's plenty here to challenge the whole family

Art and Literature

Part One

The bear in jungle book 

1 Who had an encounter with the three bears?

2 What is the name of Winnie the Pooh’s donkey friend?

Who was created by Gepetto the woodcarver?

4 Who is the bear in The Jungle Book?

5 What kind of creature was defeated by the Three Billy Goats Gruff?

Who painted the Mona Lisa?

7 Who leads a gang of outlaws in Sherwood Forest?

8 Who stole Christmas in a Dr Seuss book?

9 Who were all the King’s horses and men unable to put together again?

10 Who is the druid in the Asterix books?

11 Sculptures of which animals lie at the base of Nelson’s column?

12 What is the name of the Lion in The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe?

13 What is the name of the wizard at the court of King Arthur?

14 Who has written the prize-winning book The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish?

15 What is the name of the recreated theatre from Shakespeare’s time in London?


1) Goldilocks 2) Eeyore 3) Pinocchio 4) Baloo 5) A Troll 6) Leonardo da Vinci 7) Robin Hood 8) The Grinch 9) Humpty Dumpty 10) Getafix 11) Lions 12) Aslan 13) Merlin 14) Neil Gaiman 15) The Globe

Part Two

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets  Credit: 2002 Warner Bros. Harry Potter Publishing Rights JK Rowling 

1 Who picked a peck of pickled pepper?

In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, what is Charlie’s surname?

3 Which artist painted a number of pictures of sunflowers?

4 What is the name of Peter Pan’s piratical enemy?

5 What kind of animal is Beatrix Potter’s Mrs Tiggy-Winkle?

6 In a nursery rhyme, how much are the bells of St Martin’s owed?

7 What was the name of Harry Potter’s pet owl?

8 Who is the son of Widow Twankey and brother of Wishee Washee?

9 Who created Tracy Beaker?

10 What is the artistic technique of gluing a number of items together to form a new work called?

11 Which character in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland muttered “Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be late”?

12 Who has a dog called Snowy and is friends with Captain Haddock?

13 In which fairy tale does Gerda rescue her friend Kai from the title character?

14 Helped by his slave Morgiana, who foiled the 40 thieves?

15 What is the name of Eoin Colfer’s teenage criminal mastermind?


1) Peter Piper 2) Bucket 3) Vincent van Gogh 4) Captain (James) Hook 5) A hedgehog 6) Five farthings 7) Hedwig 8) Aladdin 9) Jacqueline Wilson 10) Collage 11) The White Rabbit 12) Tintin 13) The Snow Queen 14) Ali Baba 15) Artemis Fowl


Part One

Winston Churchill 

Who was prime minister of the UK for most of the Second World War?

2 Which structures were built in medieval times as a mixture of residence and defensive building?

3 Who was caught red-handed trying to blow up parliament in 1605?

4 What did Romans use a hypocaust for?

5 What is the London home of the prime minister?

6 Which liner sank on her maiden voyage in 1912?

Who was the Deputy Prime Minister in 2010?

What did Spain send to attack Britain in 1588?

9 In which country in ancient times was mummification carried out on important people when they died?

10 Which city did the ancient Greeks by legend besiege for 10 years?

11 How many wives did Henry VIII have?

12 Which people travelled in longships and raided Britain from Scandinavia in early medieval times?

13 Which king received an arrow in his eye at the Battle of Hastings?

14 An act of 1864 outlawed children doing what job, for which they were often employed as they were smaller than adults and it was thought they could do a better job as a result?

15 What notable event affected London in September 1666?


1) Winston Churchill 2) Castles 3) Guy Fawkes 4) Heating their villas 5) 10 Downing Street 6) RMS Titanic 7) Nick Clegg 8) The Spanish Armada 9) Egypt 10) Troy 11) Six (Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard and Catherine Parr) 12) Vikings 13) Harold II 14) Chimney Sweep 15) The Great Fire

Part Two

U.S President Barack Obama waves as he boards Air Force One  Credit: Xinhua / Barcroft Images /Xinhua / Barcroft Images 

Which ship sank off Portsmouth in 1545 but was retrieved from the seabed in 1982?

What title was given to the rulers of Ancient Egypt?

3 Spitfires and Hurricanes helped win which battle in 1940?

4 What overall term is given to the people who fought each other and animals as entertainment in Ancient Rome?

5 Which member of the Royal Family holds the title Duke of York?

6 What colour are the benches in the House of Commons?

7 What material was used to make a famous bridge in Shropshire in 1779, a town now being named after it?

8 What was signed by King John at Runnymede in 1215?

Which businessman founded Virgin Records and Virgin Airlines?

10 Who took elephants across the Alps?

11 Air Force One is a plane used by the holder of what position?

12 What famous structure was built on Salisbury Plain in the third millennium BC?

13 Who was the “Lady with the Lamp” during the Crimean War?

14 With which queen is the phrase “We are not amused” connected?

15 What was celebrated for only the second time in British royal history by the current Queen in 2012?


1) Mary Rose 2) Pharaoh 3) The Battle of Britain 4) Gladiators 5) Prince Andrew 6) Green 7) Iron (as in Ironbridge) 8) Magna Carta 9) Sir Richard Branson 10) Hannibal 11) President of the United States of America 12) Stonehenge 13) Florence Nightingale 14) Queen Victoria 15) Her Diamond Jubilee


Part One

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Sheriff Woody Pride and Buzz Lightyear are major characters in which series of films?

2 Who were the winners of 2010's Britain’s Got Talent?

3 What sort of animal is Basil Brush?

4 What is the name of Donald Duck’s girlfriend?

In which town do the Flintstones live?

What came over the hill and blew “whoo whoo”?

7 Which television programme shares its name with a naval flag?

8 How are Oritsé, JB, Marvin and Aston known collectively?

9 Which organisation is based on Tracy Island?

10 What is the name of the nanny played by Emma Thompson in two films?

11 Which resident of Jellystone Park is “smarter than the average bear”?

12 Leona Lewis and Alexandra Burke are former winners of which competition?

13 What is the name of Shrek’s wife?

14 Which television series is set in the town of Pontypandy?

15 What is the name of the hero in The Lion King?


1) Toy Story 2) Spellbound 3) A fox 4) Daisy 5) Bedrock 6) The runaway train 7) Blue Peter 8) JLS 9) International rescue (in Thunderbirds) 10) Nanny McPhee 11) Yogi Bear 12) The X Factor 13) Princess Fiona 14) Fireman Sam 15) Simba

Part Two

Doctor Who (Matt Smith) and Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) Credit: BBC /BBC

1 Wolverine is the leader of which band of superheroes?

2 Who fell in love with a robot called EVE?

3 What is the name of the vehicle in which Scooby Doo and his friends travel?

What is the name of the dog in Shaun the Sheep?

Which breed of dogs were menaced by Cruella de Vil?

6 Which stringed instrument is bigger than a violin but smaller than a cello?

7 What is the name of the character played by Karen Gillan in Doctor Who?

8 What was the name of the Kung Fu Panda in the film of that name?

9 Which television presenter hosts Blast Lab and Total Wipeout?

10 Which film and musical are about a miner’s son who wishes to become a ballet dancer?

11 Which film had a 2009 follow-up described as “The Squeakquel”?

12 What is the name of the train in In the Night Garden?

13 What does the French song Frère Jacques mean in English?

14 What is the name of the current Blue Peter tortoise?

15 Which resident of Jellystone Park is “smarter than the average bear”?


1) The X-Men 2) WALL-E 3) The Mystery Machine 4) Bitzer 5) Dalmatians 6) Viola 7) Amy Pond 8) Po 9) Richard Hammond 10) Billy Elliot 11) Alvin and the Chipmunks 12) Ninky Nonk 13) Brother John 14) Shelley 15) Yogi Bear


Part One

The Solar System  Credit: ESA-C. Carreau /PA

1 From what tree do acorns come?

2 What is the largest planet in the solar system?

3 What colour are dandelions?

4 How many ounces are there in a pound?

5 What term in mathematics refers to the number obtained when two or more numbers are multiplied?

6 How many sides does a hexagon have?

What has the scientific formula H2O?

8 Which is the only vowel not on the top row of a computer keyboard?

9 The African and Asian are the two main forms of which mammal, with their ear size being an easy way to tell which is which?

10 What is the innermost colour of a rainbow?

11 Which planet is known as “The Red Planet”?

12 Feline means relating to what sort of animal?

13 Comice, Conference and Williams are varieties of which fruit?

14 What are the young of frogs and toads called?

15 In computing, what is Mb short for?


1) The Oak 2) Jupiter 3) Yellow 4) 16 5) The Product 6) 6 7) Water 8) A 9) Elephant 10) Violet 11) Mars 12) Cat 13) Pear 14) Tadpoles 15) Megabyte

Part Two

White Cliffs of Dover Credit: Christopher Pledger /Christopher Pledger 

The cob and pen are the male and female of which aquatic bird?

2 What is the more familiar name for the disease rubella?

What colour are emeralds?

In photography, what sort of lens enables a speedy transition from long shots to close-ups?

5 Which animals live in lodges and are notable for gnawing trees?

6 Which star can be used to work out where due North is?

7 What name is given to the collection of 22 bones found in the head?

8 Which tree has a variety called “Weeping”?

9 Which jet-black bird has lived in the Tower of London for centuries?

10 Which stone, a form of calcium carbonate, are the White Cliffs of Dover made of?

11 Cocker, Springer and King Charles are varieties of which breed of dog?

12 Which leaves can be used to soothe the pain from stinging nettles?

13 What turns red in the presence of acid and blue in the presence of alkali?

14 The name for which group of prehistoric animals comes from the Greek for “terrible lizard”?

15 What is the term for when the moon passes between the earth and the sun, blocking out light from the latter?


1) The swan 2) German measles 3) Green 4) A zoom lens 5) Beavers 6) The Pole Star (Polaris) 7) The skull 8) The willow 9)The raven 10) Chalk 11) Spaniel 12) Dock leaves 13) Litmus paper 14) Dinosaur 15) A solar eclipse


Part One

Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish Credit: Bryn Lennon /Getty Images 

1 What is the name of the football stadium where England play home matches and the FA and League Cup Finals are also played?

2 Crawl, backstroke and butterfly are different methods in which sport?

Which game is played in autumn using the fruit of the horse chestnut tree?

What is the object hit by the players in ice hockey called?

5 With five victories to date, what team had won the Fifa World Cup the most times?

6 Which British rower won gold medals at five consecutive Olympic games?

Which sport takes place in a velodrome?

Which famous horse race is run at Aintree on a Saturday in spring?

From what country does Lego come?

10 What term in tenpin bowling describes having knocked all the pins down after your second bowl?

11 What is the name of Manchester United’s home ground?

12 How many holes are there on a standard golf course?

13 With which Formula 1 team did Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button drive in 2010?

14 With which video game controller is a Nunchuk used as an add-on?

15 Which chess piece can only move diagonally?


1) Wembley 2) Swimming 3) Conkers 4) A Puck 5) Brazil 6) Sir Steve Redgrave 7) Cycling 8) The Grand National 9) Denmark 10) A Spare 11) Old Trafford 12) 18 13) McLaren (Vodafone McLaren Mercedes in full) 14) A Wiimote 15) The Bishop

Part Two

Andy Murray  Credit: BPI/REX/Shutterstock 

1 What is the name of the Australian throwing stick that can return to its thrower?

Which breakfast cereal is advertised with the slogan “Snap, crackle and pop”?

In netball, for what does WA stand?

4 How many pieces does a player have in Ludo?

5 What term is used in tennis for 40-40?

What sort of animal is the video game character Sonic?

7 Tick-tack-toe is an alternative name for which game?

How many players are there in a rugby union team (not including substitutes)?

What colour belt are martial arts experts entitled to wear?

10 Ping-pong is an alternative name for which sport?

11 What term is used in cricket for the two men on the field who decide on whether batsmen are out, and signal for extras and boundaries?

12 What is the most expensive property on a standard British monopoly board?

13 How many players are there in a baseball team?

14 What colour jersey is won by the leader in the Tour de France?

15 In which sport might you do a slam dunk?


1) Boomerang 2) Rice Krispies 3) Wing Attack 4) Four 5) Deuce 6) A hedgehog 7) Noughts and Crosses 8) 15 9) Black 10) Table Tennis 11) Umpires 12) Mayfair 13) Nine 14) Yellow 15) Basketball


Part One

Loch Ness Monster  Credit: Guy Levy / Channel Five / PA/PA

1 At more than 6.5 million square miles, what is the largest country in the world?

2 And which has the largest population, at more than 1.3 billion?

What colour are motorways on British road maps?

4 What is the capital city of Spain?

5 Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata are major cities in which country?

Which sea separates Europe from Africa?

Which Scottish loch with a length of about 24 miles, is reputed to contain a monster?

8 Which desert covers much of northern Africa?

9 Which island country lies off China, Korea and Russia?

10 Which ocean lies between Africa and Australia and south of Asia?

11 In which mountain range is Mount Everest?

12 Which river rises in Peru, enters the sea in Brazil and at no point is crossed by a bridge?

13 In which country are the holy cities of Mecca and Medina?

14 Which Italian city is famous for its canals?

15 What is the line of latitude that runs around the centre of the world called?


1) Russia 2) China 3) Blue 4) Madrid 5) India 6) The Mediterranean 7) Loch Ness 8) The Sahara 9) Japan 10) The Indian Ocean 11) The Himalayas 12) The Amazon 13) Saudi Arabia 14) Venice 15) The Equator

Part Two

1 Kabul is the capital city of which country?

Liverpool lies on which river?

3 In which country does the River Nile meet the sea?

4 What letter do cars from Germany have on them when travelling abroad to show what country they come from?

In which country is the Eyjafjallajökull volcano, whose eruption in 2010 has affected air flights?

In which US city would you find Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx?

7 Which car maker makes the Fiesta, Ka and Mondeo models?

8 Which trains travel to Europe from St Pancras Station?

9 What type of boat is most associated with canals?

10 What aids to travel does the Ordnance Survey publish?

11 Windermere, Coniston Water and Ullswater are found in which National Park?

12 Which of the states and territories of Australia is an island?

13 What is the largest of the Channel Islands?

14 Which is the only bascule bridge in London, whose road can be raised from either side to allow ships through?

15 What are the only two countries to have a land border with the US?


1) Afghanistan 2) The Mersey 3) Egypt 4) D 5) Iceland 6) New York 7) Ford 8) Eurostar 9) Barges 10) Maps 11) The Lake District 12) Tasmania 13) Jersey 14) Tower Bridge 15) Canada and Mexico.

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