Idiom Art

This week I had to change plans “on the spot” …
… & as so often happens, this change in plans resulted in one of those amazing activities that I love(!) & can’t wait to do again!

Last week we were learning about, and playing with, idioms. (So much fun!)
Anyway, I would like to share our “spur of the moment” activity, along with  some pictures of my students’ fab creations!!



  1. Large sheets of paper
  2. Pencils
  3. Markers
  4. Scissors
  5. Glue
  6. “Human body themed” idioms

1. Review the defintion of an idiom.
2. Have examples of idioms that relate to the human body recorded on separate pieces of paper – or do so as a group (e.g. “by the skin of my teeth”, “lend a hand”, “eye to eye”, “sweet tooth”, etc. – These are easy enough to Google 😉  ).
3. Place the strips of paper in a bowl.
4. Child draw 4 or 5 from the bowl.
5. Give students a moment to review their idioms and ask any questions. They then have about 10minutes to walk around the room in order to share their idioms with their friends.
6. Split the class in groups of 4 or 5.
7. Have one student in each group line down on the paper. Trace their body. Decorate the tracing, & colour it in. Encourage them to be creative and have fun.
8. Glue each idiom onto – or next to – the body part metioned in the literary device. e.g. glue “stick one’s neck out” on the neck; glue “break a leg” on the leg.
9. Share and display.
body idiom

Have fun!



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