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Posted on Nov 30, 2012

When Word Play is More Than Play

November 29, 2012

Q: What do you get when you cross a gorilla with a clay worker?

A: Hairy Potter

Richard Lederer was on campus today to meet with teachers in preparation for his upcoming Grades 3-6 assembly on December 10. (See below for details on his evening event for parents that same day.)

In addition to the riddle above, he left us with a few other examples of the word play he’ll share with Gillispie students:

Q: Can you make one word with the letters from “New Door?”

Q: How is a good pun like a good steak?

Q: Can you identify three days in a row without using the words Sunday, Tuesday, or Thursday?

And, for the holiday season,

Q: If athletes get athlete’s foot, what do astronauts get?

(Answers appear at the end of this email.)

A recent article posted on the New York Times health and science blog, Simon Says Don’t Use Flash Cards, reminds us of the importance of games and play as ways to encourage lateral thinking in our children–the ability to solve problems using creative, indirect pathways.

Mr. Lederer will offer playful examples of lateral thinking and more to our students and teachers.

Alison Fleming
Head of School

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