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Ridiculous Riddles 3

When can a sloth move really fast?Yesterday at dinner my kids and I were again concocting “ridiculous riddles.” Below are a few that seemed to hit their funny bone the hardest. Maybe your children would find them giggle-worthy, too.

If you’re unfamiliar with my ridiculous riddles, you might view those posts first or click open the box below for more information on the serious merits of this silly strategy.

What are Ridiculous Riddles and how can I use them?

Children love riddles. And for parents, riddles can be a fun and versatile way to promote language development.

I began making up my own “ridiculous riddles” a few years ago and I’ve used them in these ways:

  • To nurture speaking and listening skills. For me, riddles are especially handy at mealtimes. Plus, after hearing my riddles, Lulu and Roy are often eager to exercise their imagination and make up riddles of their own.
  • To increase exposure to reading material. Riddles can be used as captive reading material in the home (see Why You Must Put a Whiteboard in the Bathroom) or as lunchtime notes when away at school. (Just pose the question and let them ponder the answer until you meet.)
  • To encourage creativity and writing. In addition to using them orally, riddles are a great way to practice writing. Parent and child invent a few riddles for each other and then swap papers to guess the answers. (The guesses need to be written as well.)

Each “Ridiculous Riddles” post features a few silly riddles that I made up for my kids. Feel free to try them with your own children in the ways I’ve described, and give a go at creating new riddles, too. I think you’ll find that “ridiculous riddles” can be an entertaining and effective addition to your bag of tricks!

Make a guess before clicking the “plus sign” to reveal the answer!

What's gray, has a horn, and is smaller than a mouse?
A teeny tiny rhino.
When can a sloth move really fast?
When it’s driving a race car.
Why was the baby so stinky?
There was a skunk in its diapers.

You’ll find my growing collection of “ridiculous riddles” right here.

P.S. Get my list of funny tongue twisters for kids!

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I’m Adam Beck, the founder of this blog and The Bilingual Zoo, a lively worldwide forum for parents raising bilingual or multilingual kids. I’m also the author of the widely-read book Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability. I’ve been an educator and writer in this field for over 20 years as well as the parent of two bilingual children, now 16 and 13. I hope my work can help empower the success of your bilingual journey.

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