My children love puzzles and riddles. As the librarian at our library/museum, I have been able to look over some very old rare books. One set of books, in three volumes, titled St. Nicholas is a compilation of years of a children's magazine from 1873 - 1876.
There are wonderful old fashioned stories, articles on animals and nature, early reader selection, beautiful illustrations, and these amazing puzzlers. Children were expected to be able to use their brain more. This is my perception. Perhaps I am wrong. However, I also use some very old school books for our children's home education and what I like most about them is that they require more of the child. Not to mention, they have moral lessons weaved throughout the academic lessons.
Here is a riddle we have had lots of fun with today:
"I went into the woods and I got it. After I got it I searched for it. But I had it in my hand all the time, and at last went home because I couldn't find it."
What am I?
Enjoy. Warm wishes. Tonya