You and your children can make up your own fun riddles, as well. It may seem as if you are just playing around, but when children make up riddles, they are stretching their thinking skills.
Riddles use all kinds of skills useful in reading and writing. A riddle can use a metaphor. It can take properties of words, such as whether the word has more than one meaning, or whether it has a homonym ( a word that sounds like the first word but is spelled differently).
A good riddle always surprises. It gives you that "aha!" moment, a moment when you think to yourself, "I should have thought of that!" So the person writing the riddle has to be able to think of something in more than one way.
Because riddles make you laugh, they are a way to share the fun of language. And children who enjoy riddles will be eager to read a book of riddles. A little motivation can show a child that reading can be a fun thing to do.