Idioms Lessons for Kids
Have fun with idioms lessons for kids, like these ones…
1) Apple of my eye – very old idiom meaning someone who is more precious than others.
Originally, it referred to the pupils of our eyes.
The earliest reference was back in 885 AD by King Alfred the Great of Wessex. Many references to this idiom were found in the Old Testament.
The playwright, Shakespeare in Midsummer Night’s Dream (1600) used this idiom:
“Flower of this purple dye, / Hit with Cupid’s archery, / Sink in apple of his eye”
But it was made popular by Sir Walter Scott in 1816 in his novel, The Old Mortality.
“Poor Richard was to me as an eldest son, the apple of my eye.”
MY SON IS THE APPLE OF MY EYE; MY DAUGHTER IS THE APPLE OF MY EYE
2) Leopard cannot change its spots – refers to a person whose character and behavior never change.
This idiom comes from the Old Testament. The Hebrew prophet Jeremiah could not persuade a shepherdess to be good and said: “Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots?”
JACK SAYS THAT HE IS NOW AN HONEST MAN BUT I DO NOT BELIEVE IT AS A LEOPARD CANNOT CHANGE ITS SPOTS.
3) Costing an arm and a leg – something that costs a lot of money. This idiom was from WWII, when many soldiers returned with limbs missing. War costs men who fight – their arms and legs.
“The phrase can be found in old newspapers going back to the 1950s, like quoted in the Longbeach Independent newspaper: “It cost them an arm and a leg to fix up a rumpus room for junior”.
THE TOYS IN THAT SHOP COST AN ARM AND A LEG.
4) A drop in the bucket – aka a drop in the ocean – meaning lost in the crowd. First reference found in the Bible, King James version.
From the Old Testament:
“Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing.”
OUR CONTRIBUTION TO THE CHARITY DRIVE WAS A DROP IN THE BUCKET AS HUGE NUMBERS OF VOLUNTEERS HAD COME AS WELL.
Have fun with idioms lessons for kids.