Try Your Hand at CREATIVE Analogies!
This activity is designed to help kids begin understanding and creating analogies and helps them distinguish between ordinary and creative. It also helps them vocalize their thinking. Kids, generally, are not used to analogies, but pick it up quickly. Children should understand that ordinary ideas are those that lots of people think of --creative ideas are those that are unusual --those that most never think of! Lead a discussion into which of the two responses to the analogy is creative and which is ordinary. Children should share their "thinking" --why do you think "x" is more creative than "y?" They then think of other analogies of their own to add as they progress from one to the next. For instance, after discussing "as quiet as" and determining what "they think" is the most creative, they add their own as quiet as... ideas. Get ready... you will be surprised how good they are at this! Here are some analogies to use to get kids started:
As quiet as a mouse or as quiet as a feather floating --
as quick as lightening or as quick as a race car
The clock ticked as loudly as a drum or as loudly as screaming babies
The moon shone as bright as a flashlight in your eyes or as bright as police lights at night