Since we are such poetic folks and all (actually, since we need a lot of help), we decided to check out the 10-week Poetry for Kids course over at Mankato Homeschooling Examiner. Lesson One: Cliché Busting!
First we covered the concept of what a cliché is: a saying as outdated and overused as Platypus’s toys (gotta know Platypus by Chris Riddell to catch that Esmé-original)… This was a little tough, seeing as Esmé’s only got a 4-year use on all the standard clichés.
- As resonant as the ocean in a seashell
- As slimy as seaweed
- As rough as dad’s beard
- As white as the stripes on the road
- As long as Rapunzel’s hair (as in, “Are we almost there? We’ve been driving as long as Rapunzel’s hair!)
- As white as Flame’s fur on black pants
- As necessary as cake at a birthday party
- A down-the-drain ending
- As senseless as an echidna playing with balloons
- As cold as the dark side of the moon
- As dry as the heel of my foot
- As good as chocolate (e.g. way better than gold)
- As dilly-dallying as a child at bedtime (by Mom)
- As dilly-dallying as a sidetracked mamma on her computer (retorted by Esmé, though I say it’s not allowed because “sidetracked” is cliché)
What fresh phrases can you come up with?