Weather Riddles

  • 1.

    Start with first-hand weather explorations—track temperatures, measure precipitation, record forecasts.

  • 2.

    Imaginations soar as children hear poetic weather words: prickly heat, dismal fog, brilliant sunshine.

  • 3.

    Blend the visual arts, language arts, and science. Encourage children to illustrate and write creative riddles (see Riddle Recordings).

  • 4.

    To make riddle cards: Draw pictures of weather scenes on construction paper with Crayola® Construction Paper™ Crayons. Use Crayola® Glitter Glue for highlights on snow, fog, raindrops, and sun, for example. Dry overnight.

  • 5.

    Cut out the pictures with Crayola® Scissors. Glue them on index cards with Crayola® Glue Sticks.

  • 6.

    Think up a weather riddle for each picture. Write, or ask an adult to write, your riddle on the back of each card.

  • 7.

    To record riddles: Use a tape recorder with a blank tape to record riddles. An adult can help you get started.

  • 8.

    After several friends have recorded riddles, take turns listening to the clues. Follow the words on the cards if you can. Look at the pictures to check your answers.


  • Asking Questions
  • Letters, Numbers & Words
  • Listening
  • Reading Pictures
  • Talking
  • Vocabulary
  • Physical: Eye - Hand Coordination
  • Physical: Senses
  • Physical: Small Muscles
  • Social & Emotional: Flexibility
  • Social & Emotional: Making Friends
  • Social & Emotional: Understanding Feelings