On Easter morning, children awaken eager to find their baskets filled with colorful jellybeans, marshmallow birds and chocolate rabbits. Parents can add to the fun by leading their children on a scavenger hunt to find their Easter basket. Create hints in the form of riddles. Your children will be entertained and challenged to determine the riddles' meaning as they seek the prize of their Easter basket.
To write a riddle that leads a child directly to the hidden Easter basket, think about words that describe the location without completely giving it away. For instance, if the basket is hidden under the coffee table, you could use clues like "wooden legs," "remote control" and "drink coasters." Use the words to describe the point of view of the location. For example, "I have four legs, but cannot walk. You might ask me to hold your cup or the TV guide" could clue kids into this location.
Parents can also create a series of riddles to send children on a treasure hunt to find their Easter basket. Provide a riddle for the first hiding place. When the child figures that out that riddle and goes to the designated location, they will find a second riddle that leads to another hiding place. For example, "I swallow grass stains and offer up fresh sheets and lint" will lead children to the laundry room," and next, "You come to me when dinner is done to soak and scrub and rinse and dry" will send them to the kitchen sink.
Show off your poetry skills by writing a rhyming riddle as a hint to your child's Easter basket hiding spot. Again, list words that describe the location and what it might see if it had eyes. Write sentences that have the same number of syllables and a rhyming end word or syllable. For instance, if the basket is in the branches of the big oak tree in your backyard, you could write, "I hold nests, and acorns I drop. I am taller than your housetop." As long as you use your imagination and have fun with your riddles, your children are sure to love their Easter basket riddles.
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