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Figurative and non-literal language resources

Many children struggle to understand non-literal forms of language. We tend to use figurative language such as idioms without thinking. This can be confusing for young children and those with specific language difficulties.


Idioms

Idioms

A list of 21 common idioms.


Idioms - Pre-worksheet Explanation

Idioms - Pre-worksheet Explanation

To support work on explaining what idioms are and how they mean something else.



Idioms - Worksheet 1

Idioms - Worksheet 1

A matching activity sheet of 6 common idioms for children to identify their true meaning.


Idioms - Worksheet 2

Idioms - Worksheet 2

A matching activity sheet of another 6 common idioms for children to identify their true meaning.



Idioms - Worksheet 3

Idioms - Worksheet 3

To support group work exploring idioms a task sheet for the idiom: It cost an arm and a leg.


Idioms - Worksheet 4

Idioms - Worksheet 4

To support group work exploring idioms a task sheet for the idiom: It's a peice of cake.



Idioms - Worksheet 5

Idioms - Worksheet 5

To support group work exploring idioms a task sheet for the idiom: Pull your socks up!


Idioms - Worksheet 6

Idioms - Worksheet 6

To support group work exploring idioms a task sheet for the idioms: He's a dark horse and On top of the world.



Idioms - Worksheet 7

Idioms - Worksheet 7

To support group work exploring idioms a task sheet for children to think of two idioms and give their meaning.


Idioms - Worksheet 8

Idioms - Worksheet 8

To support group work exploring idioms. A blank task sheet for adult to write own example of idiom.