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Animal Fun and Riddle Me This

04 Aug

Animal Fun

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Amphibians are interesting to me, especially beautifully colored frogs like poison dart frogs. These tiny creatures pack a big punch for their victims. Did you know they lose their ability to produce toxins in captivity? Their diet plays a big part in their poison production. Red eyed tree frogs are very interesting with their bold, red eyes and neon bodies. The males shake to attract a mate. And what about Great Japanese Salamanders? Care to guess how big they get? They can grow up to five feet long and weigh as much as 80 pounds! They are also nocturnal. Compare a Blue Spotted Salamander to a Great Japanese Salamander. Which is bigger?

Most kids love animals, so I bet many of them love to play educational animal games. It’s a great way to learn about an animal while having fun. You can even practice spelling while learning about an animal. School can be fun you know!

Riddle Me This

What is a girly-colored dirty dish holder? Give up? A pink sink! I love Pink Hinks or Hig Pigs because they stretch your brain. Hig Pigs (also known as Hink Pinks) are a fun word game in which you guess the answer to a riddle.
Try these as examples:
Hink Pink What is a sham cobra?
A fake snake!

Hinky Pinky What is a fantastic detective?
A super snooper!

Hinkety Pinkety What is a frozen vehicle?
An icicle tricycle.

Do you see the pattern? Each riddle is a set of two rhyming words with a clue. One syllable sets are hink pinks. Two syllable sets are hinky pinkies. Three syllable sets are hinkety pinketies. They are fun to solve, and they are fun to create!

Fun riddle games
are a perfect way to teach vocabulary to the reluctant child. After playing several rounds of Hink Pink or Hinky Pinky, try making your own, then post it for me to try to figure out. A rhyming dictionary and a thesaurus are helpful.

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Posted by on August 4, 2010 in Kids

 

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2 responses to “Animal Fun and Riddle Me This

  1. quaintscribbles

    August 15, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    They are fun indeed! They seem to have quite a few different names. I have heard them called Hink Pinks, Ink Pinks, Hig Pigs, and Pink Hinks. No matter the name, they are all wonderful for kids to play.

    I stopped by your blog and I really liked it.

    Best wishes to you for a successful year.

    Joyfully,
    Jackie

     
  2. Carissa

    August 15, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    YAY for rhyming! I totally learned that these are ink pinks but the premise is exactly the same. I use them a lot for studying vocab words and reviewing their meanings. It gets really dynamic when students can make their own! http://eslcarissa.blogspot.mx/2012/07/rhyming-word-game.html Glad to see other people love them too! Such a great way to keep the brain sharp (critical thinking, vocabulary practice and inferring)

     

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