Simile Poems for Kids

Kids reading poems together

A simile uses the words "like" or "as" to compare two things which are not alike. This poetic device can create a picture in the reader's mind which instantly communicates what the writer is trying to describe, and it can also make a poem more interesting and entertaining.

Using Similes in Poetry

Children can write simile poems to describe a variety of items and situations in their lives. Some common topics include family members, favorite foods, sports or other hobbies, animals, themselves and emotions. The following examples show the possibilities.

My Family

By Stacy Zeiger

My mom is like a fire.
She's always warm, but sometimes she gets too hot.

My brother is like a tornado.
He always moves fast and spreads destruction wherever he goes.

My sister is like a snowstorm.
She's pretty to look at and icy at times, but with a little sunshine, that iciness melts.

Together we are like a partly cloudy day.
We have our moments of darkness and gloom, but the sun always peeks through.

Before the Storm

Approaching storm

By Kelly Roper

The air was heavy like a wet towel that needed to be rung out,
And the thunderheads began to rumble like an angry volcano.
The wind stirred up in fury like a swarm of locusts suddenly taking flight,
And then the heavens opened and drenched the thirsty earth.

Sadness

By Stacy Zeiger

Sadness is...

As bleak as the sky when it's cloudy and gray
As rough as the sea on a windy day
As tough as the skin on an elephant's trunk
As stinky as the smell of an angry skunk
As dark as the sky on a starless night
And it stings just as much as an animal's bite.

The Old Man and the House Mouse

By Kelly Roper

House mouse

The little mouse scurried around the house
Like a thief who snuck in one night.
His munching and crunching made so much noise,
The old man woke up and turned on the light.

He went into the kitchen and saw the mouse
Which gave him a terrible fright!
The mouse squealed in surprise and ran away
Like a coward trying to avoid a fight.

The old man baited a mouse trap with cheese
Like a hunter going after big game.
Once that mouse munches this midnight snack,
He will never again be the same.

The Basketball

By Stacy Zeiger

The basketball is an airplane,
It flies down the court heading
Straight for the basket.

The basketball is like a heartbeat
Pounding rhythmically on the
Gymnasium floor.

The basketball is as smooth as butter
As it slides out of my hands and
Into the basket.

Ice Cream Headache

By Kelly Roper

Sally got an ice cream cone
One hot summer afternoon.
It dripped like a faucet on the ground,
So she got herself a bowl and a spoon.

Sally shoveled that ice cream into her mouth
Like she was trying to clear snow in a blizzard.
She finished the bowl so quickly that she
Made it disappear like she was a wizard.

That's when the pain struck her forehead
And her mouth felt as cold as snow.
She'd gotten her first ice cream headache,
So now she always eats her ice cream slow.

The Cheater

By Kelly Roper

Cheating on test

Sweat shot out from the boy's forehead
Like a sprinkler watering a lawn.
He'd been dreading taking this test,
And his teacher just turned the timer on.

He searched his brain for the answers,
But it was like they were playing hide and seek.
When he figured he would never find them,
He leaned toward his classmate's test to take a peek.

And that's when the teacher caught him,
And his face turned red like a fire engine.
"Young man, I see what you're doing,
And I know you don't have good intentions.

The teacher ordered him from his desk
And sent him to the principal,
Who scolded him for nearly an hour
Until he felt like a war criminal.

So here's the moral of this story,
And some good advice for you.
Take time to study your text books,
And you'll do much better in school.

Collections of Simile Poems and other Resources for Children

There are many more simile poems for children to enjoy. These books are good resources which are as fun to read as they are educational.

Simile Lessons and Activities

Lessons and activities that include similes can be great fun whether you plan to use them for literature unit studies in a home school curriculum or for pure enjoyment. Similes can help children relate to the poetry while teaching them about figurative language.

Basic Lessons and Activities

These resources make a good introduction to similes.

  • Lanternfish offers worksheets and activities for students from first grade through high school. Younger children will enjoy the Animal Similes worksheet while older kids will have fun playing the Describing an Alien game.
  • Brain Pop Jr. offers a nice resource that includes fun activities for school and home as well as activities that help children relate this poetic device to their daily lives.

Poetry Lessons and Activities

These websites will help kids learn how to incorporate similes in their original poems.

  • ReadWriteThink's lesson plan on color poems encourages children to use similes to describe popular colors.
  • This lesson plan from ReadWriteThink uses examples of similes in popular poems to teach students how to include them in their own work.
  • PoetryTeachers.com offers a lesson from poet Bruce Lansky which features a simile poem and a fill-in-the-blank poem to help students create poetry of their own.

Simile Poetry Makes Kids Smarter

The ability to make connections is a very important skill. The process is imaginative and creative, but it can lead to pragmatic problem-solving skills over time. When children incorporate simile poetry into their lives, they begin to develop the skills needed for the type of analogous thought necessary for excelling in science and art.

Simile Poems for Kids