Kindergarten Books > The Book of Riddles

The Book of Riddles

Text by: Sonia Marshi

Distribution: May, 2019

A Cornucopia of Riddles (new)
A collection of riddles in colloquial Arabic about different kinds of vegetables and fruits that are used in well-known Arabic food, such as tabouli. Each riddle offers the child different “clues”” including sensory characteristics of the vegetable/fruit and ways to eat it.

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Do you remember the riddles that you used to say in your childhood, such as “I always stay in my corner, but I travel around the world. who am I?” or “I can be red or green, I get grown on a vine, I’m dried to make raisins, or squeezed to help make wine.” Do you remember the eagerness and ...


Dear Parents,

This beautiful book enables us to enjoy riddles with our children, and together we discover the magic of riddles and the different ways in which they contributes to the development of our child.

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  • A riddle is interesting. It provides a space for enriching and enjoyable social communication between adults and children, and later, among the children themselves.
  • A riddle helps the child explore and learn about the characteristics of objects in the environment around them, such as color, size and function, through interesting content, and it also helps the child to remember that item and imagine them in their mind.
  • A riddle is also an excellent tool for developing a child’s basic thinking skills, such as the skills of distinguishing, classifying, guessing, and connecting between different characteristics of the same object. It also develops their auditory perception.
  • A riddle also includes a challenge that prompts the child to think deeply to find a solution. This will help them become accustomed to facing the small challenges in life and give them a sense of achievement that develops their self-confidence.
  • Riddles enrich the child’s colloquial language, and because the riddle is usually short and has rhyme, it helps the child use the appropriate words to reach a better accuracy of expression and fluency in speech. Riddles also enrich the linguistic dictionary of the child by using a variety of descriptive words and verbs.
  • Finally, the riddles in this book are intended to encourage the child to eat vegetables and fruits because they are beneficial for their health.
  • Here are some ideas for activities about the book:
  • Before reading the book together, we can invite our child on an adventure to find the fruits and vegetables that are hidden in the drawings. We read the riddle slowly more than once, and we encourage our child to guess the answer based on the text and the drawing.
  • We can talk with our child about other characteristics that they know about the fruit or vegetable mentioned in the riddle. We can talk about size, color, texture, taste, smell and use.
  • “Let’s guess what’s in the bag!” We can collect the fruits and vegetables that are available at home, place them in an opaque bag, and take turns with our child in putting our hand inside the bag and feeling one object at a time to try and guess what it is. We should encourage our child to describe in their own words what they are touching. Instead of using a bag, we can also take turns with our child by using a blindfold and trying to find out the answer. This will involve our senses of smell and taste!
  • Riddles are an excellent activity to pass the time while traveling or waiting in line. We can also use them to encourage our child to look at and describe the environment around them. We can take turns with our child by making up a riddle about an object we see around us.
  • Do we remember any riddles from our childhood? This is an occasion to recall some of them and tell them to our children!
  • This text was developed for parents by Ms. Sonia Morshi and a team from the Ministry of Education and the Grinspoon Foundation.
  • Enjoy your reading!

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