Inspired by the terrible jokes and riddles inside Christmas Crackers we thought we'd post some riddles or conundrums regularly for you to share with your students - or to test your own lateral thinking! We'll be posting them regularly to all of our social media platforms in the morning before school starts. That way you can leave our daily riddle on display for your students when they come into the classroom in the morning. It's a great way to warm up their brains! Some riddles will have a mathematical riddle, some will be humourous, some visual, some using letters or word play. We'll post the answer shortly after (so you have some time to figure out the answer!)
Let us know if you have any great ones to share with us!
N.B. Thinking laterally is a key skill developed in our Orienteering Incursion.
A riddle is a statement, question, or phrase that has a double meaning. A riddle can also be described as a puzzle to be solved. When someone uses a riddle, it can be a thought provoking challenge to figure it out on your own, or it can be a funny comment that makes you laugh. Riddles can be great brain busters or conversation starters to get you think.
A riddle is as hard or as simple as you and the person you’re telling makes it. The answer can be right in front of your nose and even in the riddle itself, or it can be difficult and hard to comprehend. It depends on how much you open your mind to the possibilities.
History of Riddles
Writers in poetry also began expressing themselves through riddles. When a poem contains a riddle, the reader’s mind can be stimulated and the writer can successfully get their message across in a more interesting way. Some poetry even has answers to it that you had to riddle out.
Theater is another place where riddles show up. Shakespeare was famous for his works, which had a lot of riddles in them. For example, in Romeo and Juliet, Romeo proclaimed his love in a riddle for the audience to interpret.
Today, examples of riddles can be found in movies as well.
Riddles can be used in a contest of wit and skill, sort of like a guessing game. Riddle games have been played since ancient times, and are still being played today.