It's therefore not surprising that Internet is very important for children and young adults. This is why it's crucial for all parents, teachers and guardians to do everything they can to make children interested in other, more valuable and productive forms of entertainment.
Making children focus on things beyond Internet will also help parents and guardians form deeper bonds with children and will encourage critical thinking among kids. A great way to achieve this is through riddles.
Once a popular form of entertainment and an educational tool, kids riddles are being neglected in today's children education and life. This is a huge mistake: even though they may seem like nothing more than a fun pastime, riddles can help children in numerous ways.
Benefits of Riddles
Here are just some of the benefits riddles can have for children:
Laugh. Riddles make children laugh. It's not just for fun: laughter is a good way that can motivate people and keep them focused. Laughter releases stress and completely relaxes the body and brain, making us feel really good. It's not surprising that boredom is probably one of the biggest problems when it comes to children's education, riddles are a great tool for breaking monotonous lessons and relaxing children.
Thinking. More than anything, riddles make children think. Some of the most important abilities children need to develop when it comes to learning are critical thinking and problem solving. Riddles encourage both of those skills. Several scientific studies prove that riddles can greatly improve children's creativity, comprehension and problem solving skills.
Reading Comprehension. Another benefit riddles bring is much better reading comprehension. While literacy rate is pretty high in the US (99 percent), reading comprehension is another matter and results are not so bright. Reading means nothing if a person doesn't understand the subject matter. Riddles are a great tool for improving kids' reading comprehension skills.
Expanding Vocabulary. Riddles help not just with reading comprehension but also with expanding vocabulary. When you encounter a word you don't know, you are able to understand its meaning through context. Riddles are great because they give many different opportunities to understand a context and learn meanings of new words. Thought riddles, children remember the words and learn how to use them. Also, riddles inspire kids to ask questions about words they are unfamiliar with and thus learn new meanings.
Expanding Knowledge. Riddles encourage children to expand their knowledge or to even teach other people what they know. Riddles are easily repeated to other people, so kids can tell them to their peers, parents and others. This helps them understand the riddles and allow them to communicate with people in a new way, teaching them what they already know and thus even further expand their knowledge and understanding.
Bonding. Riddles are a great way for parents to bond with their children. It's also an excellent way to form social skills. This is very important for children and their development.
These are just some of the reasons why riddles benefit children in many different ways. Also, riddles are fun so both children and adults love to tell them and have some great time.