Firework similes



Similes are descriptions that compare the thing you are describing to something else. They describe something as being like or similar to something else. For example, the box was as light as a feather. Similes can add a lot to your description by making it easier to visualise and make it more interesting to read. Similes paint a picture in someone’s mind and are great for using in poems to express how you see things in an interesting way. This activity will help you write similes for fireworks and give you ideas for how to put them together into a poem.


How it works


To write similes about fireworks think about:


  • What does a firework remind you of?

  • What is it like or similar to?

  • What sounds do the fireworks make and what do they remind you of?

  • What do they look like? Is this similar to anything?

It might help you to look up some images of fireworks online. Look carefully at the shape, colour, light patterns etc. What do these different elements remind you of? What could you say they are similar to? Look at some videos of displays and remember any you have seen.

Think carefully about the sounds the different fireworks make. What could you compare them to? You could describe individual fireworks or the display as a whole.

You don’t have to just stick with what they look and sound like – how does it feel to watch them? Could you compare your reaction or experience to something else? For example, the feeling of thrill and excitement could be described as similar to going on a rollercoaster. The barrage of noise and brightness might remind you of how it feels to being in a small room bombarded with loud music.

Some examples:

A rocket firework like a snake flying out of a jack-in-the-box

Colours as bright as a rainbow

Sparklers like tiny fireflies darting out in all directions

A Catherine wheel like a saw of fire cutting through the sky


Firework simile poem

Use your similes to make a poem. If you’ve done the onomatopoeic words activity, you could use those too and make a poem using both similes and onomatopoeic words.


Remember, your poem does not need to rhyme. Focus on creating powerful and effective descriptions to make the reader of the poem feel like they are really at a firework display.


Example poem using similes: 

Children and adults waited excitedly
Watching the night sky
– a dark blank canvas, ready for colours to explode on it like splattered paint

A small spark
Then the high-pitched scream of a rocket
Bright lights, like a giant golden dandelion, burst over the sky with a


Catherine wheels whizzed like chainsaws of fire
Throwing light in all directions
Sparklers, like tiny clouds of fireflies, flew from the children’s hands
After the fireworks,
Colourful clouds of smoke drifted away across the sky.


You could write your poem out neatly on a colourful piece of paper or picture and give it as a gift to someone or have it on your wall over the firework period. Alternatively you could type it up and add illustrations. Print a few copies and send them as cards to people. Another idea is to choose some of your favourite similes and turn them into a piece of art. For example, with the poem above I could paint a child holding a sparkler with fireflies flying all around or huge chainsaws made of fire.