]This activity is easy and simple. Actually we pretty much followed the instructions from the text book (Lele) p. 8. We prepared some coloured paper to be the lanterns, then asked the kids to write the food riddles they made up.
Introduction (I’ve made a power point to guide the kids)
1. Read out one food riddle and let the kids to guess. Introduce the word ‘riddle’ if they don’t know it yet.
2. Tell them that it’s a tradition for Chinese to write riddles on lanterns and hang them up during Mid-Autumn Festival, so we are going to write our own food riddles.
3. Show more food riddles as examples and let them guess.
HOW to write a food riddle?
1. First think of the food they want others to guess.
2. In the first line of the riddle, describe its texture/shape/colour etc. e.g. I am soft, round and brown.
3. Then, write about how people can eat the food i.e. the utensils used. e.g. You usually eat me with your hands.
4. Mention what time people will usually eat the food. e.g. You eat me during Mid-Autumn Festival.
5. Taste of the food (Kids have learnt salty, sweet, sour, spicy, bitter in the previous lessons) e.g. I taste sweet.
6. End the riddle by asking Who am I ?
7. Write the answer at the back of the riddle. e.g. I am a moon cake.
At last, cut out the lantern and decorate it a bit.
1. Before writing the riddles on the coloured paper. I asked the kids to write their draft on the notebook first and read the riddles to their classmate next to them and see if them can guess the food. Make any changes to their riddles if necessary.
2. After they finished making their lanterns, pick some of them to come and read their riddles aloud to the whole class.
Finally, the whole class hung their lanterns outside the classroom and read others’ work! 🙂