One of my favorite materials I made during my internship was an animal idioms bingo game. I am a firm believer in using color ink on a few items, laminating them, and saving paper in the long run... so this is an ink bleeder, but, in my opinion, so worth it for your older kids who have difficulty with figurative language.

This is a two parter. 

First, we have the Animal Idiom Bingo cards with the sayings... 
Second, we have the cards that can be drawn and used during the game. I have included some blanks, if you would like to make your own. I hope to do more forms of figurative language in this "series" in the future, but would like you to have the option to do what you would like!
I prefer to use the Super Duper Chipper Chat chips and magnetic wands with these sort of games (as do the kids, I am guessing!). This game would probably be most beneficial after a good unit on figurative language sayings. This is something that is definitely appropriate for upper-elementary and up. I've used it with 5th graders and they've loved it!

Below is a copy for download. Please leave a comment as you download. Cards have been edited again as of 5/3 to place a few missing definitions. Also included are blanks! Thanks!

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04/11/2012 7:37am

I will be using this with one of our friends that I am sure you can remember from last year!

04/11/2012 9:29am

Is it sad that I don't? I think I have an inkling of several who may have needed that. :] I am sure you are pooped this week - I am from my spring break and I didn't get married & go on a honeymoon ;]

11/06/2013 7:56am

i like this games but i cant play

04/11/2012 9:11am

Great way to practice idioms! Thanks for sharing.

04/11/2012 9:30am

Thank you very much! I have a few more figurative language tricks up my sleeve at the moment, so stay tuned! :]

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04/13/2012 3:13pm

I heart this!!!!!

Kristen at Heard in Speech
04/13/2012 3:44pm

Thank you (and thanks for your other comments!)... This one was kind of a design nightmare for me - so there will be others in the future with this layout because it took me so long to get everything in line (and it's still not perfect, but /sigh, I am an amateur!) :] :] Happy Friday!

Aideen Maher
04/17/2012 9:56am

Thanks for this idea. It is very interesting how idioms are different in different countries - In Ireland where I am lots of these are similar but slightly different. Would you mind sending me an editable version so that I could change those not suitable for my pupils?? I would be delighted if you could....

Kristen, Heard In Speech
04/17/2012 5:46pm

At the end of each document are some blanks. Unfortunately, I can't send a blank! :] Thank you!

05/03/2012 4:55pm

I have downloaded and printed Bingo Version 1. I see that corrections have been made for the missing definitions but can't find them. Help! We're looking forward to playing the games.

Kristen at Heard in speech
05/03/2012 5:57pm

I added the extra definitions. This has been stored in a folder called "Bingo Disaster 2012" because it became very complicated (mostly due to my page designer program)... Also, if you notice any are missing, there are extra cards you can write on.

05/04/2012 6:43am

Thanks. Now give me a hint where to find the folder. Maybe I'm just not seeing. That happens this time of year.

I'm playing this today with v2 with my ESL kids today. It will be a lot of fun.

05/03/2012 10:38pm

Nice post.Thank you for taking the time to publish this information very useful! I've been looking for books of this nature for a way too long. I'm just glad that I found yours. Looking forward for your next post. Thanks :)


06/25/2012 7:05pm

Such a nice blog, I created an account here too.

10/15/2012 7:42pm

Great game! Thanks for sharing! :)

Mags B SLP
10/24/2012 11:26am

This is the cutest thing ever! Glad I stumbled upon this website

10/28/2012 6:31pm

I love your blog. Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas!

12/15/2012 7:38am

Thank you for reading!

11/04/2012 7:58pm

your ideas are truly so so helpful! I'm in grad school now and I have difficulty coming up with fun activities to do with my clients

12/15/2012 7:39am

Glad to help!

Cindy Robinson
11/09/2012 10:27pm

Thanks! Teaching Figurative Language to 3rd graders. This should make it more fun!

11/11/2012 4:07pm

Thanks. These look like a lot of fun and I'm sure my kiddos will love it.

12/20/2012 8:03pm

This will be a great addition to my figurative language unit! Thanks so much!

01/01/2013 10:10pm

I suggest this site to my friends so it could be useful & informative for them also Great effort.

02/10/2013 4:42pm

Thank you for this great idiom idea! I appreciate the hard work you put into this activity!

Thank you for sharing!! I am using it with my kids today!
03/25/2013 9:01am

04/24/2013 10:57am

I hope to do more forms of figurative language in this "series" in the future, but would like you to have the option to do what you would like!

01/01/2014 10:04am

Great idea! I teach 6th grade special education and I have ELL students in my classroom as well and this will be a great way to reinforce figurative language! Thank you and I look forward to seeing more!

02/28/2014 3:33am

I liked it when I saw it and I'm going to use them with my 6th grade students and I'll see how it works. Thank u

04/16/2014 1:26pm

Thank you for this wonderful oral game that teaches figurative language. This concept is difficult for ESL learners.


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