Easy Idioms for Kids

We are here with a holistic list of idioms for kids including everyday idioms, body parts and animal idioms that are easy to use for kids.

What are Idioms?

Idioms are combinations of words with different figurative meanings than literal meanings. Kids can get confused if they don’t know the meaning of these word combinations.

We have compiled an interesting list of commonly used idioms for kids to learn and express themselves in an creative way.

Everyday Idioms

A grey area – Something unclear
A rip-off – Too expensive


Add fuel to the fire – To add more to an existing problem
As easy as ABC – Something is very easy
Call it a day – Time to quit
Cool as a cucumber – To be very calm under stress
Crack a book – Open up a book and study
Down to the wire – At the last minute
Miss the boat – You missed your chance


Mumbo jumbo – To call something total nonsense
Out of the blue – With no warning
Pass with flying colors – To succeed at something easily
Piece of cake – Something very easy
Read between the lines – Find the hidden meaning
Second to none – The best
The icing on the cake – Something additional that turns good into great

Body Part Idioms

Cross your fingers – For good luck
Fell on deaf ears – People wouldn’t listen to something
Get cold feet – Be nervous
Giving the cold shoulder – Ignore someone
Have a change of heart – Changed your mind
I’m all ears – You have my full attention


It cost an arm and a leg – It was expensive
Play it by ear – Improvise
See eye to eye – Agree
Slipped my mind – I forgot
Speak your mind – Say what you really feel

Animal Idioms

  • A bull in a china shop – Someone who is very clumsy
  • A little birdie told me – Someone told me a secret
  • Bee in her bonnet – She is upset
  • Birdbrain – Someone who is not very smart
  • Busy as a bee – To be very active and working hard at something
  • Cat got your tongue? – Why aren’t you talking?
  • Cry crocodile tears – To pretend to be upset
  • Curiosity killed the cat – Asking too many questions may get you in trouble
  • Different kettle of fish – Something completely different
  • Doggy bag – A bag to take home leftovers from a restaurant
  • Fish out of water – Being somewhere you don’t belong
  • For the birds – Something that is not worth anything
  • Get off your high horse – Quit thinking you are better than others

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