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Old-Fashioned Teaching Riddles

  1. DzyMsLizzy profile image93
    DzyMsLizzyposted 6 years ago

    My Great-Great Grand Aunt, who passed on at the ripe old age of 86 back in 1963, was a schoolteacher in her youth.  She used to tell fascinating stories of what it was like to attend and teach school back at the end of the 19th century.

    They had 'figure it out' riddles based on everyday object for young children to figure out.  It taught observation and critical thinking.  Here is one a couple that come to mind:

    1.  "Elizabeth, Elsbeth, Betsy and Beth all went out to find a bird's nest.  They each found one, with one egg in it.  How many eggs did they find?"


    2.  "Old Mother Twitchet had but one eye, and a very long tail which she always let fly.  Every time she went over a gap, a piece of her tail got caught in a trap.  What is she?"

    A big gold star to whomever gets the first right answer to both.  ;-)

    1. almasi profile image41
      almasiposted 6 years ago

      1 egg. a bat

      1. DzyMsLizzy profile image93
        DzyMsLizzyposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Hey there, almasi--

        good job on the first... sorry, you missed on the second one.  neutral

    2. Aficionada profile image90
      Aficionadaposted 6 years ago

      To the second - a needle (sewing).

      1. DzyMsLizzy profile image93
        DzyMsLizzyposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        very good, Aficionada!  Now that both answers are out there, I'll have to tear the gold star in half--a piece for each of you..

        ...naaahhh...you can each have a whole one!  I'm a softy!  LOL  Thanks for playing!

     
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