An activity based on riddles to make learning English fun!
Thanks to David in Penang for this activity:
- To get students thinking
- To have fun using English
- To foster team work and stop children just calling out and attention-seeking. If they don’t confer about the answers, they could easily lose their chance to win. You might have to allocate a secretary / representative for each team to speak on their behalf.
- Explain the game clearly
- Divide the class into teams of up to 6 students in each
- Write 6,5,4,3,2,1 on the board
- As you read each clue to the riddles out, teams can guess what the answer is. If they are correct after one guess they score 6 points, after 2 guesses five points, etc...
- If a team gives the incorrect answer they cannot have another try
|I am not a bird, but I can fly.
I eat insects and fruit.
I sleep upside down.
|I’m brown on the outside.
I’m white on the inside.
I’m hard and you can eat or drink me.
I grow in hot countries.
|I’m yellow and round.
I’m the same size as an apple.
You can’t eat me.
You hit me with a racquet.
|I’m usually made of paper,
but in Australia I’m plastic.
I come in lots of colours.
I have pictures and numbers on me.
You use me to buy things.
|Every country has one.
I have different colours.
I need wind to fly.
The British one is red, white and blue.
|I’m a special day.
People buy each other presents on this day.
I’m on February 14th.
|I’m something you do every day.
I’m also an Olympic sport.
You use your legs to do this.
It’s slower than running.
|I’m something English people eat for breakfast.
You can put butter and jam on me.
I’m cooked bread.
I’m a sport.
I’m usually done by men.
You need to be powerful and quick.
Muhammad Ali is the most famous man who has played this sport.
You wear shorts and gloves.
|I’m a beautiful animal.
I’m found in Africa.
I have the first and last letters of the alphabet in my name.
I’m like a horse.
Students could prepare more of their own riddles for homework to be used in subsequent games.
Download a printable version of this worksheet below:
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