by extramarks - Academics - November 4, 2019November 4, 2019 Riddle It Out! Try this riddle out. What breaks as soon as you take its name? Silence! Didn’t get that? Okay. Here is another. What lies at the end of a Rainbow? The letter ‘W’. Simple, and yet, that required a pushing and pulling of the brain in a direction away from the conventional. Riddles are a fun way to learn. Whether used in classrooms, or to play games among friends, or to make home learning time interesting – riddles help brain take routes that conventional studying doesn’t demand, in the process helping the mind become more flexible. Think of riddles as exercises for the muscles of your brain. They come loaded with learning benefits. Here, let us tell you a few benefits associated with riddles. Tool of Social Engagement Riddles spark joy when cracked. They inspire confidence when shared by a child – well, of course, because you know the answer to the question which makes everyone scratch their heads. They ease off conversations between parents and children, or teachers and students, thus strengthening bonds by finding solutions together. Creativity and Critical Thinking Riddles encourage alternate routes to problem solving. A creative mind has more chances of solving a riddle where an answer hides in plain sight. Thus, riddles provide the much-needed fertile climate for fostering creativity in young minds, making them supple from the word go. Academic experts themselves recommend a sprinkling of riddles here and there to develop critical thinking ability of kids. Language Skills A lot of riddles are based simply on language tricks. If your mind can work its way around puns and letters, you will be able to find answers. Consider the Rainbow riddles above. Or, try answering this – What starts with an E but has only one letter? An Envelope! Your thinking skills and vocabulary got tested together, and you also understood the pun held in the world letter. You can find scores of them online to polish your language skills. Developing Logic Sometimes, riddles require deep critical thinking. At other times, they just demand you think simply. And simple thinking, dear readers, is not a simple job at all. Consider this riddle – Why can a man living in Russia not be buried in Canada? Well, because he is alive! Don’t think too much. Find the simple answer and develop logic from ground up. Laughter and Wit Many riddles, upon realizing the answer, make us smile or laugh. There is an inherent wit also involved in the construction of a riddle. And, for some kids, riddles also become a source of employing the reserves of creativity they have into making their own riddles. Students should be encouraged to create new riddles. Sometimes, they make such difficult ones that even adults find them difficult to solve. So, the world of riddles is vibrant and presents a fun landscape of learning. Do you have any favourite riddles – let us know!