Similes and metaphors are two literary devices that can be extremely useful for young authors to use in their own writing. Both similes and metaphors are used in writing to make comparisons between two things that are not alike to express a certain meaning to the readers. Like other types of figurative language, similes and metaphors are useful in writing to express meaning in a non-literal way, making your writing more interesting! Let’s dive in.
Similes are a type of figurative language that use “like” or “as” to describe something.
Metaphors are a type of figurative language that describe something as if it were something else.
Although similes and metaphors are similar because they both make comparisons between two things, they have one important difference. Similes make comparisons by comparing something to something else. On the other hand, metaphors make comparisons by expressing that something is something else. This may sound confusing, which is why we’ve provided a few examples in the next section.
These examples will help your child understand what similes and metaphors are and how they differ! Remember, similes use comparisons to other things whereas metaphors say that something is something else in order to make a comparison.
Similes and metaphors are tricky literary devices for young children to understand and master. That’s why we’ve come up with a list of activities to try at home with your child writer to help them practice the knowledge they’ve learned today! Have your child give these activities a try:
Now that we’ve reviewed similes and metaphors, provided examples of each, and come up with at-home activities, we have a few downloadable resources for your child writer to look at. These are a great way to get them started with simile and metaphor practice!