Solving puzzles and riddles is a way to challenge the brain. Scientists find solutions to problems from clues, and just like solutions to science problems are not easy to see, the answers to riddles may take some time to figure out. The riddle is an ancient poetic form, and the Exeter Book from the 10th century has over 90 riddles. Verbal puzzles and questions are enjoyed by the young and adults all over the world.
Easy and Tough Riddles
On NIEHS Kids' Pages (kids.niehs.nih.gov/home.htm), your child can warm up with some "Not So Hard Riddles" and then try some "Tuff Stuff Riddles" to challenge herself. There are riddles that rely on visual clues as well as verbal clues. The site offers old classic riddles as well as modern riddles and activities related to the riddles. Energy Kids' (eia.doe.gov/kids/) riddles have pictures, and the riddles about energy tease the brain while providing information about energy.
"What am I?"
One the most popular riddles is "What am I?" and this category of riddles can be found on Tricky Riddles (trickyriddles.com), a free online collection of brain teasers and riddles. This site has logic riddles that may keep your child thinking for hours. The riddles and brain teasers are rated, making it easy to select a riddle that will suit your child.
Biggest, Higest, Fastest and Slowest
Riddles about animals, sports and heroes can be found on the online site Scatty (scatty.com/index.html). There are also wacky riddles and riddles about the biggest, highest, fastest and slowest animals. The site also has riddles about heroes and villains, and about everything and nothing.
Learn to Write Riddles
The site Thinkfinity (readwritethink.org) has several activities to help your child learn to write riddles. The art of writing riddles is to tease the reader with clues that are both accurate and misleading. There are easy-to-follow instructions about how to write a riddle. The first step is to choose an answer to the riddle, and then you brainstorm about the answer and describe characteristics of the answer. There are suggestions about how to use figurative language such as metaphors to write a riddle. Thinkfinity also has sample riddles that can be solved.
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