Little Riddlers 2020
Poetry Competition

5-7 Years

Little Riddlers 2020 Video

Learn the secret of writing fantastic riddle poems with Little Riddlers!

Learn the secret of writing fantastic riddle poems with Little Riddlers, which is challenging, rewarding, fun and helps 5-7 year-olds enjoy poetry. Get ready to set imaginations on fire!

It's a fun activity to use in class or home learning. Use the downloadable worksheet, or children can write / type their poem instead. There is an engaging video that can be used to support both classroom and home learning - we can't wait to read your children's riddle poems!


To make sure your entries are valid, please follow the rules listed below:

  • Only one entry per pupil; there is no limit to the number of entries per school.

  • Poems can be written on the entry form or an A4 sheet of paper.

  • Poems must be your pupils' own work.

  • Ensure that all pupils include their name, age and school name on their entries.

  • Independent entrants are welcome, please provide your full postal address rather than the school's details.

  • Where possible, the school to send / upload / email all their pupils' entries to us

If you are unsure on any rules or have any queries, please don't hesitate to Contact Us.

For Schools

1st Prize:
£500 Hope Resource Voucher and The
Young Writers’ Award of Excellence

2nd Prize:
£250 Educational Resource Voucher

3rd Prize:
£100 Educational Resource Voucher

(School prizes awarded from across the 2019/2020 academic year)

Also, every participating school receives a complimentary copy of the book their pupils' feature in!

Little Riddlers 2020 Prize
Little Riddlers 2020 Prize

For Pupils

Our top 5 favourite little poets will each win a Little Riddlers goody bag! (Pupil winners will be chosen from entries received in the Summer Term 2020)

Also, every entrant receives a bookmark and sticker to thank them for taking part!


Send your entries by uploading them:

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Alternatively, you can email your entries to [email protected].

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Send your entries, along with your school entry form, to:

Young Writers KS1
Remus House

Writing Tips

Tip #1


The sun is shining, BBQ smells waft through the air, birds sing and children laugh as they play in their gardens in the evening sunlight. Summer tantalises all the senses so why not inspire your pupils’ riddle writing with summer!

 Ask your pupils to write down all the words they associate with summer, then together write a couple of sentences to show them how a riddle is compiled, for example…

 If the word is ‘Sun’ your riddle sentence could be: “I’m as hot as a giant bonfire” or “I’m as bright as the biggest, shiniest star in the night sky”


 If the word is ‘BBQ’ your riddle sentence could be: “I bring fun and laughter to your garden” or “I’m like a chameleon, I start off black and change to grey”.

Tip #2


Why not use sport to inspire your pupils? From football or athletics or gymnastics, there are lots of sports and sports stars to inspire them! 

For the children who aren’t so keen, they can still write a riddle about sport… and how boring it is! E.g.

Who am I?

I see long, beautiful hair tied up like a ballerina,
I see scarves waving and hear shouting,
I feel tired and start to daydream,
I hear a huge roar and leap to my feet,
I see my dad with his shirt over his head, running run,
I hear blah, blah, blah,
I feel very bored.

A: I am not a football fan!

Tip #3

Encourage pupils to use an poetic technique in their riddles, such as:

Similes – pupils can describe their answer as or like something else:
“It’s as furry as a bear” or “It is white like a snowman”

Onomatopoeia – pupils can describe their answer like the sounds it makes:
“It whooshes in the air” or “It buzzes round flowers”

This is a great way for pupils to try using poetic techniques and make their writing more interesting.

Tip #4

We suggest 6 clue ideas in the Little Riddlers worksheet for pupils to try. If they are struggling with those or they don’t appeal then encourage them to use their sense, feelings and colours to describe their riddle answer!

It’s a fun way to adapt poetry writing for both age and ability.

Tip #5

A kenning is where you use a two-word phrase in the place of a one-word noun. E.g. A baby becomes a dummy-sucker.

The poem is built up with 8 or more two-word phrases and for an added challenge they can be in rhyming couplets!

As a class, create a spider diagram with the word ‘Moon’ in the middle – this is the subject for the Kennings poem.

Think of as many descriptions of the moon as you can and write them down before working to make them into two-word phrases.

E.g. Cheese-rock / tide-master / light-giver etc

Tip #6

Try this short activity to get pupils inspired with imagery. If they can get the reader imagining what their riddle is about then they are well on the way to writing a fantastic riddle!

 Ask pupils to close their eyes and imagine these things, one by one – use their senses and powerful verbs / adjectives to describe them without saying what they are! 

  • An ice cream
  • School
  • A kitten
  • A swimming pool

Tip #7

Watch the video here:


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Get In Touch

Young Writers KS1
Remus House

[email protected]

(01733) 890066

Closing Date: Friday 7th August 2020