Similes: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Shelley Vessels

Shelley has taught at the middle school level for 10 years and has a master's degree in teaching English.

What are similes? Are they easy as pie to learn? Why, yes, they are! Read the following lesson to learn what a simile is, see some examples, and learn how to write them yourself.

Definition of Simile

What do you think the following sentence means? ''The student is like a camel at the water fountain after P.E. class.''

Does the student actually look a large four-legged desert animal with humps? While imagining a student with humps on their back may be amusing, this sentence doesn't actually talk about the student's appearance. What it actually talks about is their behavior drinking water after P.E. class.

What do we think about camels when they drink water? They drink buckets and buckets of water since they live naturally in the desert. By saying the student is like a camel, we are saying that they are drinking lots of water, because they are thirsty after doing exercise!

What you just saw is an example of a simile. A simile is a comparison using the words 'like' or 'as.' Those comparisons add deeper understanding for the reader.

Camels at a desert watering hole
Camels at a Desert Watering Hole

Another Example

Let's try another one. What do you think the following simile means? ''My teenage brother is like a bear when he gets up in the morning.''

Is the teenage brother furry like a bear? Not exactly. What's the attitude of a bear? Could you give this grizzly bear a hug? You could try, but it wouldn't be the best of ideas!

The simile that the 'teenage brother is like a bear' means that he's especially grouchy, like the bear pictured. The comparison being made is between the brother and the bear's attitude.

Angry grizzly bear!
Grizzly Bear

Creating Similes

How can you write a simile that explains how fast a soccer player can run?

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