Funstuf

Mary Stearns Frazier


Noah’s Ark Riddle

Find each animal listed here by reading forward, backward, down, up, and diagonally. The remaining letters will complete the answer to this riddle. Why was it hard for the other animals on Noah’s ark to talk with the goats around?

They ________ ________ ________ ________.

W

E

R

E

V

A

E

B

E

A

R

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J

D

U

C

K

R

A

H

S

H

R

N

K

A

N

G

A

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O

O

I

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I

A

D

C

A

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K

U

N

K

A

L

P

T

N

W

K

W

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L

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I

W

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D

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M

R

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F

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M

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N

Antelope

Duck

Jackrabbit

Octopus

Pig

Bear

Elephant

Kangaroo

Owl

Porcupine

Beaver

Giraffe

Lamb

Panda

Rhinoceros

Camel

Goose

Leopard

Pelican

Shark

Cat

Hawk

Lion

Penguin

Skunk

Answer:

They were always butting in.

Zoo Bird

Copy the parts of the picture into the correspondingly numbered pie-wedge shapes to reveal a popular bird at the zoo.

Odd-Shape Balancing

To balance something flat and odd-shaped on your finger, you must find the object’s center of gravity. To do this, tie a weight, such as a pencil or a heavy washer, to one end of a string. Hold the other end of the string to one edge of the object—letting both string and object dangle freely—and lightly mark it along the line of the string. Then repeat at a different edge. The point where the line marks intersect is the object’s center of gravity, and you can balance the object by putting your finger under it there.

Odd-Shape Balancing

Hana, Hana, Hana, Kuchi (Nose, Nose, Nose, Mouth)

This game for three or more players comes from Japan and is something like Simon Says. the person who is It says, “Nose, nose, nose, mouth” (“Ear, ear, ear, ear,” or whatever) and simultaneously touches his nose three times. When It says, “mouth,” however (or whatever is said only once), he touches something else, such as his hair. The other players are to repeat what It says and does. If a player touches the wrong thing—his mouth, for instance, when It says, “mouth,” but touches his hair—that player is out of the game until all players but one have been eliminated. The last player then becomes It for the next game.

Old Testament Kings

Crossword puzzle

Across

  1. 2.

    Good king who restored temple; read scriptures to people (See 2 Kgs. 22–23:2)

  2. 6.

    King of Persia; let Jews return to Jerusalem to build temple (see Ezra 1:1–4)

  3. 8.

    King of Salem (Jerusalem); priest to whom Abraham gave tithing (See Gen. 14:18; Heb. 7:1-2.)

  4. 9.

    Evil king who ruled Israel for ten years (see 2 Kgs. 15:17–18.)

  5. 11.

    Son of Abijam; his “heart was perfect with the Lord all his days” (See 1 Kgs. 15:8, 14.)

  6. 12.

    Evil son of Jeroboam [I]; reigned only two years before being slain by Baasha (See 1 Kgs. 15:25–27.)

Down

  1. 1.

    Wicked son of Jeroboam [II]; reigned only six months before being slain by Shallum (See 2 Kgs. 15:8–10.)

  2. 2.

    Also called Jehoram; son of Jehoshaphat; ancestor of Jesus Christ (See 2 Kgs. 8:16; 1 Chr. 3:10–11; Matt. 1:1, 8.)

  3. 3.

    Sheperd who killed Goliath; ruler of all Israel (See 1 Sam. 17:15–50; 2 Sam. 5:1–3.)

  4. 4.

    Good king; life lengthened fifteen years by Lord (See 2 Kgs. 18:1; 2 Kgs. 20:1–11.)

  5. 5.

    King of Judah; told of coming of Christ (Immanuel) (See 2 Kgs. 16:1; Isa. 7:10–14.)

  6. 7.

    Son of David; given gift of wisdom and understanding by God (See 1 Kgs. 2:11–12; 1 Kgs. 4:29–34.)

  7. 10.

    Wicked king; brought in false prophets whom Elijah disproved with fire coming from water (See 1 Kgs. 16:29; 1 Kgs. 18:17–40.)

Answers:

Across—(2) Josiah, (6) Cyrus, (8) Melchizedek, (9)Menahem, (11) Asa, (12) Nadab; Down—(1) Zachariah, (2) Joram, (3) David, (4) Hezekiah, (5) Ahaz, (7) Solomon, (10) Ahab.

Women in the Old Testament

Match the descriptions to the appropriate names.

a. Name changed from Sarai (See Gen. 17:15.)

 

1. Abigail

b. Mother of Samuel, dedicated her son to the Lord (See 1 Sam. 1:20, 25–28.)

 

2. Eve

c. Sister of Moses (See Num. 26:59.)

 

3. Sarah

d. Mother of Esau and Jacob (See Gen. 25:20–26.)

 

4. Ruth

e. First woman on earth (See Gen. 3:20.)

 

5. Hannah

f. Convinced David not to kill Nabal, later became David’s wife (See 1 Sam. 25:23–25, 32–33, 39.)

 

6. Miriam

g. Jacob worked fourteen years to marry her (See Gen. 29:20–30.)

 

7. Naomi

h. Ruth’s mother-in-law (See Ruth 1:22.)

 

8. Rachel

i. Faithful and loving Moabite who followed her husband’s family (See Ruth 1:3–16.)

 

9. Delilah

j. Found out Samson’s secrets and betrayed him (See Judg. 16:6, 17–19.)

 

10. Rebekah

Answers:

(1) f, (2) e, (3) a, (4) i, (5) b, (6) c, (7) h, (8) g, (9) j, (10) d.

Obstacle Run-Around

Using markers of different colors, two players take turns drawing lines between matching objects. The player who has to cross an already-drawn line is out of the game.

Obstacle Run-Around

Dogs around the World

Match the breed of dog with its description.

1. Short-haired German dog with medium build and pugilistic name

 

a. Malamute

2. Sled-pulling Alaskan Eskimo dog

 

b. Collie

3. White or cream-colored Siberian sled dog

 

c. Chow Chow

4. Smallest breed, from Mexico

 

d. Boxer

5. Large, long-haired sheepdog from Scotland

 

e. Bulldog

6. Chinese dog with black mouth and tongue and full ruff of hair

 

f. Komondor

7. Medium-size Irish terrier with long head and bluish hair

 

g. Samoyed

8. Large white coach dog with black or brown spots, named for the district along the Adriatic Sea

 

h. Lhasa apso

9. Sad-eyed, long-eared French hunting dog

 

i. Sealyham terrier

10. Compact English dog with keen judgement and undershot lower jaw

 

j. Dalmatian

11. Lifesaving alpine dog from Switzerland

 

k. Afghan

12. Short-legged, mostly-white Welsh dog

 

l. Chihuahua

13. Small Tibetan dog with hair that falls over its eyes, and tail that curves over its back

 

m. Kerry blue terrier

14. Tall, slender, silky-haired hunting dog originally from Egypt

 

n. Basset hound

15. Shaggy-coated white Hungarian sheepdog

 

o. Saint Bernard

Answers:

(1) d, (2) a, (3) g, (4) l, (5) b, (6) c, (7) m, (8) j, (9) n, (10) e, (11) o, (12) i, (13) h, (14) k, (15) f.

Four by Four

Go forward, backward, up, or down—but not diagonally—to move through the maze of four-leaf clovers by using only the numbers that are multiples of four.

Four by Four