Riddle Me This

Looking for a way to spice up your kid’s lunch? In honor of Children’s Health Month, our marketing assistant, Caitlin Hogan, has come up with a whole school week’s worth of fun health-related riddles for you to plant in their lunch boxes! Print out these riddles, cut them as you see fit, and tape it to the inside of the lid! See if your child can solve the riddles at the end of the day. It’s a great way to switch things up (not that they’ll ever get bored of PB&J’s!) and get your kids thinking. Try making a few riddles of your own: ready, set, rhyme!

Riddle #1 – Heart
Take some time from your busy day,
For this riddle game we’d like to play.
Located within that body of yours,
is a sturdy, strong muscle where blood is stored.
Strong as a tennis ball, as big as your fist
If removed … it’d be sorely missed!
What is this body part that we’re speaking of?
Get it correct and I’ll show you some love!

Riddle #2 – Bones
Drink up your milk and gobble that fruit.
Eat all your veggies without any dispute.
These need to be healthy to grow big and strong.
They vary in size – some short, some long.
8 in each wrist and 14 in your face.
206 in all held strategically in place.
Familiar to science classrooms and around Halloween,
The doctor’s office is another familiar scene.
So what part of your body is this riddle about?
Answer it now without a shade of doubt!

Riddle #3 – Muscles
640 in two different groups!
Go pump some iron so they don’t start to droop.
It takes 17 to smile and 43 to frown.
Takes less energy to be happy than it does to be down.
The Skeletal kind help you move.
The Cardiac kind makes your heart groove.
The Smooth ones line what you have inside.
All of these together help you stand straight with pride.
So what part of the body are riddling about?
Use them to jump up and answer with a shout!

Riddle #4 – Blood
Did you know this stuff goes wherever you go?
Moving through tubes, this liquid stuff flows.
With four different types from A to O.
Made up of red and white cells that put on a show.
The red cells carry air to every little part.
And the white cells fight infection, well isn’t that smart?
This stuff makes up 7% of your weight.
Quick guess this riddle, there’s no time to wait!

Riddle #5 – Brain
Put down that iPad and get off that phone!
Use your INTERNAL computer – your mind is now blown!
This human “smart device” helps us think and react.
Surrounded by 22 fused bones that are tough to crack!
This “computer” floats in a shock-proof fluid
to keep it safe and growing under your lid.
So what is this thing with all the smarts?
Guess it correctly and give thanks to this part!