5 Scratch Riddles That Will
Get Your Students Thinking
I started posting Scratch riddles inside our Facebook group for teachers several months ago. These were meant to just be fun for our members, but I wasn’t totally surprised when a few of our dear teachers asked if they could use the riddles in class. Given that showing content from Facebook at school can be challenging and probably not the best idea, I was asked to publish the riddles in a post on the blog, and of course I loved the idea…
This post contains the first 5 riddles in the series, and if there is enough demand, I'd be happy to do this again in a few weeks. Make sure you sign up to get the freebie because that includes the solutions to each of the 5 riddles, and if you've been following me for a while, you know my freebies never disappoint. For this particular freebie, I explain each solution in detail, so I promise this is not a document you want to miss out on!
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Scratch Riddle #1: Moving Up!
I love this one because I feel it's so elementary to creating motion in Scratch. I almost feel like we need to have the kids memorize this just like they memorize multiplication facts! But of course, before they memorize anything they need to understand when to use it and why...
Scratch Riddle #2: How Many Sprites?
Yes, I did build a game similar to Pac-Man in Scratch! And yes, I did teach my students how to make it! We had a blast. Head over to this page if you'd like to check out the course, and in the meantime, see if your students can guess how many sprites they see on the stage... This is not an easy one to guess, but I think they might learn a few things while trying to figure this one out.
Scratch Riddle #3: Space Travel
This is one of my absolute favorite games! The course covers side-scrolling, as well as how to add lives and levels to a game! If you're interested in teaching this game, all the tutorials are available inside Part 1 of our Game Design Program.
Scratch Riddle #4: When I Start as a Clone...
Oh, how I love the look in the kids' eyes the first time they figure out how easy it is to turn one bouncing ball into one hundred balls! It's as if they had discovered how to create magic! Of course, it doesn't take long before one of them tries to bounce one million balls and as a result crashes their program, but I digress...
In the riddle below, I intentionally don't say how many balls will bounce on the screen when you run this code, but one thing is for sure, it is not one hundred!
Scratch Riddle #5: Mr. Stickman!
If this project looks familiar, it's because you've seen it on the second day of the 5 Day Challenge! If you're new to Scratch and haven't done the challenge yet, you might want to check it out. The challenge is composed of 5 Scratch activities for beginners. It's available inside our Facebook group for teachers (under 'Units').
In the meantime, see if you can figure out how to help poor Mr. Stickman...
And that's it for today! Like I said before, if you enjoy these riddles, please let me know! If this is something many of you enjoy and have use for, I'd be happy to create more of these posts!
Have a wonderful holiday! I know some of you are starting the summer (I'm jealous!), and for some like me, the winter is just beginning. But wherever you are, I hope you enjoy your time off and spend lots of quality time with your loved ones!
May the joy of the season stay with you throughout the year.