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Riddlers Ruby

The Riddlers Tale asks your pupils to read and solve riddles as they help to release prisoners trapped by the North Wind.

Follow up tasks include writing their own Riddles and characters to embed in their own versions of this tale.

This walk covers curriculum elements general and group reading, team work, negotiation, understanding directions locations.

The story begins in the grounds of Otterhampton school, just walk onto the grass of the playing field.
 
Chapter one

The Riddlers Tale

Welcome one and welcome all
To my broad and brightest hall
A hall with neither roof nor floor
A hall without walls nor doors
A hall where all seasons meet
A hall where grass grows beneath your feet
A hall where daily weather unfolds
A hall where the nights are sharp and cold
A hall where the sky tops the ceiling
A hall with edges marked by railings

This is where I come to play
This is where the innocent stray
This is where I set the test
And I am the Wind and I come from the west.
But before we begin and make our introductions
I think it best you follow these instructions

Make a camera with your hands
And turn it up towards the sky
Find an animal in the clouds
It might be worm, walrus, fish or fly
And if the clouds have run away
Then frame tree bark or a crack in a wall
And spot your creatures shape today

Now in a moment of quiet reflection
Consider your creature with deep inspection
And imagine it sitting upon your palm
Quite content and very calm
Purring if pur it can
And happy to either sit or stand

(When all have an animal then we will progress)
Chapter two

The Wind is fickle the Wind is shrill
The Wind blows warm and the Wind blows chill
And on his path around the world
He stings the cheeks of all boys and girls
And he's stolen simple innocent folk
Who's shapes were spotted in his cloak
These kidnapped creatures are now in cages
It's up to you to rescue in stages
He's snatched them from the world around
And sets you riddles to confound

With a click and a flick of his glassy fist
Bolts of ice squewer the earth
Setting six cages strong
And trapping his prisoners inside the turf

Now cross quickly to your first container
Will the riddle be a no brainer?
But if this riddle be too complex
Then these prisoners will be lost to the test
And set to wander over icy plains
Where cockerels spin on weather veins
And the Wild West Wind chases about
And he whips up storms and delivers drought

So thinking caps on and smarts required
For the Wild West Wind wants you fired
And if you cant solve the riddles below
Then perhaps it's the cages that you'll go
And there you'll be trapped for a year and a day
Until that is the next come to play
And run the riddles set in this test
And try and save prisoners from the Wild West
Walk around the edge of the grass field in a clockwise direction.
 
Chapter three

Wormy the worm

Wormy is multi-coloured, he has a mohekan and he likes to show off alot!His favorite colour is lime green and he has invisible powers so birds ans special goggles can't see him.Wormy tries to burry underground he also tries to squirm his way out and he tries to wriggle his way up the bars, the west wind freezes the ground and Wormy!!! this is my riddle I can't work it out: Burning bright on a string of fire, waxy wool slow to retire, light me up and I will light your night, but I am no electric light.What am I???
Continue around the field.
 
Chapter four

Wilfred the Woman

An incredibly charming woman with long brown hair and Sapphire blue eyes called Wilfred sat as still as a rock in her cage made of ice trying to solve her mysterious riddle. She was such a good writer of stories with mysteries in, that she thought she would be able to solve the riddle within an hour, but it was taking her longer than she thought. Suddenly she saw a glimpse of candle light, and then a moving figure-it was you! "Hear," Wilfred said, "Please, help me, for I am trying to solve this riddle but i do not understand it."
The riddle is this:

My tail thrashes the water at night,
I am mainly found dark blue and white.
I am a mammel,
not localy found.
Never living in the parrot
nor hiding in the ground.
What am I?
Continue around the field.
 
Chapter five

Henry the hippo

Henry the hippo has a huge rounded belly a short skinny tail and his legs are short and stumpy every time he walks his silky streched belly gets draged along behind him his personality is confident,spontaineous and witty but when he is angry he can be very wiked,selfish and cearless


this is the riddle and I can't work it out


i have two arms and no legs one arm moves every second and the other every hour i am kind of an alarm that wakes people up and I can be worn on your rist what am I





Continue around the field.
 
Chapter six

Oscar the owl

In the Icy cold cage sat Oscar the owl. He Was trying to escape until he sore you. Help me! I carn't finger out the riddle. I've bin tried and tried to solve it I don't know how. It's impossible.

I will read it to you.

I clear your view on a wet day I wash rain out your way.

I just don't know.

Remember what you think. Now move on to the next cage!!!
Continue around the field.
 
Chapter seven

wing suit worm

wing suit worm likes to go budgie jumping and base jumping and he has a wing suit . He is a danger worm his favourite colour is red and his favourite food is potatoes and pizza. his powers are spying super speed and can do anything especially football he is the best and he is amazing.

Wing suit worm is trying to work out this riddle to set him free.

I clear your view on a rainy day and dance back and forth in pairs, two up front and one behind your family ride that's me you'll find.
Continue around the field.
 
Chapter eight

Martha the Mayfly

Martha the Mayfly is scooting about inside her cage, she has only hours to live as Mayfly's don't live for very long. The sooner she solves her riddle the better, lets see if we can help her.

She spots you coming over in an instant, 'here' she says, 'this is my riddle' and she reads it out to you.

See through me and see the day
Beyond my glaze the weather does play
And when the day is warm and fine
Open me up and let the day inside

Do you know the answer?

If you know it then remember it as you will need it at the end, where you'll get a chance to release your friends.

Now on to the next cage.
Continue around the field.
 
Chapter nine

The Finale

The Wind whips East then the Wind whips West
Ready for the riddlers to step up to his test
He steels through the tree tops
And slices through the town
Now the West Wind wants
the answers you have found.

Solve the riddles and your friends will go free.
Chapter ten

Riddle A

In cage number one we have Harry the Hedgehog.

This is his riddle

If you cross me
I won't be cross
Black step
White step
Black step
White step
And across.

If you know the answer then say it now.

The real answer is

A Zebra Crossing

Were you right?
Chapter eleven

Riddle B

In cage number two, we have Danny the Dragon
If you answer his riddle right then he is free.

This is his riddle

Where do florists sleep at night?

If you know the answer then say it now.

The real answer is

A flower bed

Were you right?
Chapter twelve

Riddle C

In cage number three, we have Silus the Salemander
If you answer his riddle right then he is free.

This is his riddle

Cut me up and I'll make you cry
Fresh juices bringing tears to your eyes
Golden or red with multiple skins
Often pickled but rarely in tins

If you know the answer then say it now.

The real answer is

An Onion

Were you right?
Chapter thirteen

Riddle D

In cage number four, we have Sophie the Spider
If you answer his riddle right then she is free.

This is her riddle

What runs past the bank with out a penny to its name, but if you were to make a withdrawal you could use a bucket.

If you know the answer then say it now.

The real answer is

A river

Were you right?
Chapter fourteen

Riddle E

In cage number five, we have Felix the Frog
If you answer his riddle right then he is free.

This is his riddle

Every spring a new dress
To be discarded in the fall
My bark has no bite
And my dappled summer shade is good for one and all

If you know the answer then say it now.

The real answer is

A Tree

Were you right?
Chapter fifteen

Riddle F

In cage number six, we have Martha the Mayfly
If you answer his riddle right then she is free.

This is her riddle

See through me and see the day
Beyond my glaze the weather does play
And when the day is warm and fine
Open me up and let the day inside

If you know the answer then say it now.

The real answer is

A window

Were you right?
Chapter sixteen

The end

For every correct answer you give, the ice of their cage melts and the animal is set free.

How many were you able to free?

But the Wind is Wild
And he comes from the west
And he asks one last thing
For the end of his test
What were the beasts you saw in the sky
Was it Worm or Walrus or Fish or Fly?

Speak your animals out loud.

And then Wild Wind is gone again to search for your folk
And snatch the ones you spotted in his cloak.
And gather them here for the next round of his test
To see if the new riddlers are as good as the last.

So what is your animal and what is their name
And how do they try to escape from the cage
Then you must find a riddle.