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Poetry competition for 5-7 year olds

Teach your younger pupils the secret of writing fantastic riddle poems with Little Riddlers. Challenging, rewarding, fun and helps pupils enjoy poetry, get ready to set imaginations on fire and light up your classroom!

Use the engaging worksheet alongside the optional video activity and lesson plan to engage and motivate your pupils to plan, draft and write their very own riddle poems. From people and places to food and storybook characters there is lots to inspire your budding little riddlers.

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  • Only one entry per student

  • Poems can be written or typed on any theme and in any poetic style

  • Ensure that all students include their name, surname and age on the entry form


Our top 5 favourite little poets will each win a Little Riddlers Gift Box (winners will be chosen from entries received in Summer Term 2018).

For Schools

1st Prize - £500

2nd Prize - £250

3rd Prize - £100

PLUS a free copy of the book your pupils feature in

For Pupils

Our top 5 favourite little poets will each win a Little Riddlers Gift Box


  • Bookmark for every entrant

  • Sticker for every entrant (you can order these once your entries have been received!)

  • Certificate of merit for those selected for publication


How To Enter

  • If you need any further entry forms you can photocopy or download them, give us a call or email or use the Resources Request form below.

  • Send your entries, along with your school entry form, to:
    Young Writers PS
    Remus House
    PE2 9BF

  • Alternatively, upload your pupils' poems here



To see the competition pack, including full competition information and resources, please fill in the short form below. All download links will appear once the form is sent and the links will also be emailed to you.

Full Competition Information, Storyboards, Lesson Plan


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Writing Tips

Tip #1

Little Riddlers has a fun video that introduces the activity to pupils with a little game – can your pupils guess what we are describing? This helps to create a buzz around riddles so when you hand out the bright, colourful worksheets, pupils will be keen to get creating their own riddle poems!

Tip #2

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

Grab a big sheet of paper and write down all the words your pupils 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 #3

As well as Little Riddlers, we have Monster Poetry open for 7-11 year-olds as well. We’ve had feedback from some teachers that KS1 want to write about monsters and KS2 want to write riddles…

We said: “Let them!”

If your younger pupils want to write a riddle inspired by a monster they’ve created, that’s awesome imagination and we love that! Older pupils can write monster-inspired riddles too, we’d just encourage them to write more clues and use imagery in their work.

Monster Riddle Example

I am furry like a polar bear,

I have fangs as sharp as a cook’s knives,

My eye is as big as hula hoop,

I can creep and sneak as quietly as a tiny mouse,

I don’t like water, yuck!

I am as friendly as a little puppy dog.

Who am I?

A: Herbert the Big Friendly Monster.

Happy writing!

Tip #4

With the World Cup only a month away, the excitement is starting to rise as the nation begins to get swept away with World Cup Fever!

The World Cup is a brilliant riddle theme! For the children who love football they could write a riddle about their favourite player or team, the World Cup or even Russia!

For the children who aren’t so keen, they can still write a riddle about football… 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!

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Contact Us

Young Writers PS
Remus House

Tel: 01733 890066
Fax: 01733 313524

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