Original Riddles

Project Summary
This activity takes very little teacher explanation. The students quickly learn how to create riddles using the formula provided. The real challenge is for the students to give just enough clues, so that the riddles are not too hard or are guessed too quickly.

Warning! Students enjoyed creating original riddles so much that they wanted the teacher to guess each one!

Suggested Grade Level and Audience
3rd through 12th

Estimated Time Required
2-4 weeks

Student Learning Objectives

  • To develop creative thinking skills
  • To expand the use of new vocabulary words
  • To practice writing, editing, and revising
  • To reinforce word processing skills
  • To communicate with a distant audience
  • To engage in electronic transfer of information

Writing Prompt

  1. First....THINK of an object.
  2. Next...DESCRIBE the object in terms of color, shape, size, use, location, etc.
  3. Lastly...PERSONIFY the object. (That means to treat the object as though if were speaking about itself)


I am sheltered by two walls as hard as cement.

I am found in the ocean.

I am white and sometimes yellow.

I am round and sometimes irregular.

I am valuable.

WHAT AM I? A pearl.

I have two hands.

I can communicate, but not talk.

I can move, but not walk.

WHAT AM I? A clock

I am sweet and innocent as a rose.

I weigh nothing.

I create relationships.

I am a nice feeling.


Using the rules above. Create at least 3 original riddles of your own. (More will be accepted for extra credit!)

THEN, put a check mark next to the one that you think is the best.



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