Simile Examples for Kids: Using Like & As

, Staff Writer
Updated June 9, 2022
simile as playful as a kitten
    simile as playful as a kitten
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Have you ever said your brother was like a raging bull? If so, then you have made a comparison using a simile. There are a lot of different similes used in the English language. Check out some fun simile examples for kids they can add to their writing.

Simile Definition for Kids

A simile is a figure of speech that directly compares two different things. The simile is usually in a phrase that begins with the word "as" or "like." This is different from a metaphor, which is also a comparison, but one that says something is something else. Hopefully, these simile examples for kids will get them excited about using "like" or "as" in their writing.

Simile Examples Using As

Dive into a list of phrases that use the format "as something as something else" to make a comparison.

as American as apple pie

as big as an elephant

as black as coal

as blind as a bat

as boring as watching paint dry

as brave as a lion

as busy as a bee

as cheap as dirt

as clean as a whistle

as clear as mud

as clear as crystal

as cold as ice

as cool as a cucumber

as cunning as a fox

as dead as a doornail

as deaf as a post

as difficult as nailing jelly to a tree

as dry as a bone

as dull as dishwater

as easy as ABC

as fit as a fiddle

as flat as a pancake

as free as a bird

as fresh as a daisy

as gentle as a lamb

as good as gold

as hard as nails

as heavy as lead

as helpless as a baby

as honest as the day is long

as hot as blue blazes

as hungry as a bear

as innocent as a lamb

as large as life

as light as a feather

as long as a month of Sundays

as loose as a goose

as mad as a hatter

as mad as a hornet

as old as the hills

as pale as death

as plain as the nose on your face

as playful as a kitten

as pleased as punch

as proud as a peacock

as quick as lightning

as quiet as a church mouse

as regular as clockwork

as scarce as hen's teeth

as sharp as a razor

as sick as a dog

as silent as the grave

as slippery as an eel

as slow as molasses

as smooth as a baby's bottom

as snug as a bug in a rug

as solid as the ground we stand on

as sour as vinegar

as stiff as a board

as straight as an arrow

as strong as an ox

as stubborn as a mule

as sturdy as an oak

as sweet as pie

as tall as a giraffe

as tough as old boots

as useless as a chocolate teapot

as warm as toast

as white as snow

as wise as an owl


Simile Examples Using Like

Now that you've seen "as" in action, try out these similes that compare using the format "something like something else."

sing like an angel

act like an animal

eat like a bird

fight like cats and dogs

work like a dog

work like a dream

soar like an eagle

sound like fingernails on a chalkboard

swim like a fish

race like a scared bunny

have eyes like a hawk

eat like a horse

sleep like a log

gravitate like a moth to the flame

eat like a pig

smell like a rose

sound like a screaming baby

shine like the stars

meander like a stream

explode like a volcano

shine like diamonds

slept like a baby

drools like a St. Bernard

sweet like sugar

leaked like a sieve

strong like a raging bull

soft like a lamb

flutter like a hummingbird

snarl like a rabid dog

puff up like a pufferfish

Simile Sentence Examples

Did you have any favorites from the similes lists? Let's pull out a few and see how similes can make your writing more interesting and colorful.

  1. During the house fire, my dad was as brave as a lion.
  2. Sunday is cleaning day. By the time we're done, the house is as clean as a whistle.
  3. That teacher was as dull as dishwater.
  4. I think my grandfather is as old as these hills!
  5. This house of cards is as sturdy as an oak.
  6. My literature teacher was as wise as an owl.
  7. My best friend sings like an angel.
  8. After I received that "A" on my spelling test, I thought I might soar like an eagle.
  9. Gah! Her voice sounds like nails on a chalkboard!
  10. In our eighth grade pageant, we shone like stars.
  11. This path meanders like a stream.
  12. The sink leaked like a sieve.
  13. The boy snarled like a rabid dog.
  14. She fluttered like a hummingbird around the classroom.
  15. They puff up like a pufferfish when they get mad.

Simile vs. Metaphor

Now that you've seen similes in action, you might be wondering how they are different from a metaphor. Lucky for you, there's a chart breaking down these two rhetorical devices.

metaphors and similes

Metaphors vs similes

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Smile With Similes

Once you see a bunch of different examples of similes, it's easy to see how fun they are. If you are interested in other language techniques, you can find more information about figurative language. If that's not enough, give metaphor examples a try.